Andrew Shippee*


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When Peace Corps volunteer Andrew Shippee died in July 1995 in Johannesburg, South Africa, hundreds of friends and residents visited his parents to offer condolences and remember his brief, but full, life. His parents, David and Leatrice Shippee of 911 Gibson Hill Road, insisted his memorial service not be a time of mourning, but one of sharing happy memories of their son's many accomplishments. Now, thanks to the effort of Boy Scout Ben Driscoll of Sterling, many more Sterling residents and passersby will get to share in Andrew's life when they relax at a small park Driscoll and 17 fellow Scouts have created. The Andrew Shippee Memorial Park has been created on a small patch of land alongside what is known locally as "Wacky Pond," a large inlet in the Moosup River that sits along the edge of Route 14, across from Main Street in the center of Sterling village.

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One Response to Andrew Shippee*

  1. Jeremy Gagnon says:

    Thank you so much for creating this memorial site. I am proud to say Andy Shippee was my friend. He made a tremendous impact on my life in the Boy Scouts. I think about him often as an inspiration to live life to the fullest. I have traveled the world for work, but always went out of the way to do things in the local communities. That was Andy’s influence and how I found my wife in the Philippines. He will always live in my heart. Gone but NEVER forgotten!