Chandus T. Rippons Jr., 65, crab firm owner

September 16, 2006

Chandus T. Rippons Jr., president and owner of an Eastern Shore crab meat processing company, died in his sleep Sept. 8 at his Hoopersville home. He was 65.

Mr. Rippons was born in Cambridge and raised in Hoopersville. He attended Dorchester County public schools and was 16 when he began working in the family business, which was founded in 1947.

Since 1982, Mr. Rippons had operated the business, which supplies fresh processed crab meat to restaurants and seafood markets.

His professional memberships included the Maryland Watermen's Association and the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association.

Mr. Rippons was an avid supporter of the National Outdoor Show Foundation, which celebrates and records the history and culture of Dorchester County, family members said.

He was an active member of Hoopers Memorial United Methodist Church, where he had been chairman of the board, public relations chairman, steward and trustee. His funeral service was held there Tuesday.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Emma Charlotte Lewis; a son, Chandus T. Rippons III of Denver; two daughters, Janet Diane Ruark of Hoopersville and Penny Rose White of Great Falls, Va.; a sister, Janet Rippons Colman of Hoopersville; his stepmother, Mabel Rahe Rippons of Cambridge; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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