Miles E. Tipton

June 3, 1928 - April 9, 2016
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Miles E. Tipton, 87, of Ludlow passed away peacefully Saturday, April 9, 2016. Born in Zanesville, OH on June 3, 1928, he was the son of the late Miles E. and Edna (Davis) Tipton. Miles graduated from Lash High School in Zanesville in 1946. He received his B.S. in Physical Education from Springfield College and his Masters degree in Education from Westfield State. Miles proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II during the U.S. occupation of Italy from 1946-1948.

A dedicated teacher and coach, Miles worked as the director for YMCAs in Northampton, Springfield, Lawrence, MA and Ithaca, NY. During those years he developed many successful programs especially competitive swim teams and adult fitness programs. He introduced previously non-existent competitive teams for girls.

Miles taught in the Springfield Public Schools from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. He taught a variety of subjects including physical education, geometry, biology and health education. He coached football at the Commerce High School and girls swimming and basketball at Classical as well as boys tennis at both Classical and Central. After his retirement, Miles coached girls volleyball and boys tennis at Ludlow High School. He as an active participant in the Mass. Senior Games and a member of the Western Mass. Swim Official Association.

Miles was dedicated to his family. He is survived by his loving wife Edith (Collings) Tipton and his children and stepchildren Sheila Rathbun
(Jeffrey); Beth Cordero (Tony); Faith Leahy (Michael); Mary Grey (Donald); Maureen Tipton; Katherine Sanchioni (Steven); Elizabeth Tipton; Rev John Tipton (Rev. Barbara); Kenneth Lind (Maryann); Susan Lennox(Gary) and Judith Trescott (Mark). He also leaves his seventeen beloved grandchildren John and Paul Rathbun; Terrence and Timothy Leahy; Maryanne and Kimberly Grey; John Tipton; Michelle and Christine Sanchioni; Kaleigh and Andrew Toole; Brandon Lennox; Merissa, Karen and Kyle Trescott; and Missy and Mindy Ivantis along with four great-grandchildren Natalie Rathbun, Jolena Rose, Tyler Driscoll and Sophia Riggs.

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Funeral Services celebrating Miles life will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:45 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St, Ludlow, MA followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon in St. Cecilias Church, 42 Main St, Wilbraham, MA. Rites of Committal will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA.

Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Main Street
Agawam, MA 1101
St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church
42 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 1095

 

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Born: June 3, 1928
Died: April 9, 2016

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Bruce & Geraldine Long posted on 4/11/16

May God be with you all during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Susan Lennox posted on 4/12/16

Miles we all love you...we love how you improved and blessed ALL of our lives in so many ways...so many ways. For 27 years you have taught us all what a humble, generous, and devoted man is in this world. Thankyou for loving us and for teaching us always about kindness. Thankyou for loving my mother and the many blessings you brought in to her life and all of our families. We will all take care of Mom we promise. We are all better because of you and you will be so missed...you are so loved and admired. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers most especially for my mother Edie Tipton and for all of us his friends and family who love him and will miss him dearly. May God bless and keep us all and help us to walk in honor of this wonderful man.

 

Susan and Gary Lennox posted on 4/12/16

Miles we all love you...we love how you improved and blessed ALL of our lives in so many ways...so many ways. For 27 years you have taught us all what a humble, generous, and devoted man is in this world. Thankyou for loving us and for teaching us always about kindness. Thankyou for loving my mother and the many blessings you brought in to her life and all of our families. We will all take care of Mom we promise. We are all better because of you and you will be so missed...you are so loved and admired. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers most especially for my mother Edie Tipton and for all of us his friends and family who love him and will miss him dearly. May God bless and keep us all and help us to walk in honor of this wonderful man.

 

Judy Trescott posted on 4/12/16

I am still numb, but I know you are at rest. You have blessed me and my family so much, for so long. You have left us with memories that I will hold dearly close to my heart - whether it be the swimming lessons, the Christmas gathering, or the vacations we shared. You supported us all, and came to cheer the kids on. You have been there for me since I was 25, and our bond grew even more after my dad passed away. You quietly watched, and were ready to be there any time we needed you. You filled mom's life with love and adventure, and we are all going to miss you. Thank you for everything you have added to my life, and I will see you again. Rest in peace, and remember that I Love You! <3

 

Pat McDiarmid posted on 4/13/16

Thinking of you during this difficult time. Miles was a wonderful man I came to know through the world of swimming. He was caring and kind when serving the swimmers and divers as a coach and official. He will be greatly missed.

 

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