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.
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.