On Friday March 12, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer, Leonard (Len) Tripoli (81) of Hamilton, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by the comfort and love of his family. Len was born August 6, 1939 to B. Carl (Bud) and Jeanette (Dattillo) Tripoli in Pittsburgh, PA where the family lived for six years before moving to Hamilton where they later welcomed Len’s younger brother, Philip.
Len attended Hamilton Catholic High School and later continued his academic career at the University of Dayton. After school, he entered the produce industry working for the family owned business in downtown Cincinnati, Phil Dattillo and Company. During this time he also took a brief position at WMOH where he announced both basketball and football games for Miami University, but was led back to the family business just as he was beginning to start a family of his own. In 1986 Len made the move to Castellini, a business that quickly had a major emergence as a top produce source in the area and he was so proud to be apart of that family. Coworkers soon became friends and Len cherished those friendships far past his retirement in 2008, making sure to catch up for lunch at least once month.
Though he was an incredibly hard worker, Len knew how to enjoy each day with a smile on his face. He had a zest for life; traveling, scuba diving, golfing, fishing, attending and watching basketball, baseball, and football games. And the golf, he could watch golf for hours. He loved to cook and was very good at recreating old recipes and creating new... as long as there was a delicious cocktail in hand. Len was also an amazing craftsman, building a grand playhouse and a backyard oasis for his kids. He loved watching his family continue to grow, welcoming grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Len enjoyed attending their extracurricular activities and celebrated their lives and accolades as often as he could, taking pictures, making sure to capture all of the memories. Though he traveled so much in his life, his favorite place to be was surrounded by family, wherever they were. He always had something to teach one of his grandkids or a cautionary tale to tell from his high school days. What we will remember most is his smile, his undeniable charm, his hugs, love for his family and sense of adventure.
Len was preceded in death by his parents; B. Carl (Bud) and Jeanette (Dattillo) Tripoli. He is survived by his sweetheart; Roberta (Bobbie) Russo, his brother; Philip (Barbara) Tripoli, 3 children; Fredrica (Robert) Heflin, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Bowling and Leonard (Olivia) Tripoli; 9 grandchildren; Alexandra (Brady) Nori, Ian Heflin, Victoria (Cody) Dunkin, Cole Heflin, Gabriel (Sarah Hamm) Tripoli, Tyler Tripoli, Maddex Tripoli, Isabella Tripoli and Talulah Tripoli; 6 great grandchildren; Emma Zancan, Luca, Stella and Nico Nori, Liam and Otis Tripoli; and several wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews.
A one-hour visitation will take place Saturday March 20th from 9:30-10:30am at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave, Hamilton, followed by an 11:00 mass at St. Julie Billiart, 224 Dayton St., Hamilton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. www.browndawsonflick.com
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