Jason Orrin Phipps, 36: Loved his family and harness racing
YARMOUTH — Jason "Jake" Orrin Phipps, 36, of Yarmouth, died unexpectedly on Nov. 2 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Phipps was born Dec. 15, 1975, in Portland, a son of William and Patricia (Kelley) Phipps. He grew up in Yarmouth and graduated from Greely High School, class of 1995.
Over the years Phipps enjoyed participating in Special Olympics, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and most recently kayaking. His passion, however, was harness racing. He was a member of the Maine Harness Racing Association and worked as a groomer for Don Richards and his grandfather, Orrin Phipps. He was a judge at the Maine State Truck Driving Championships. He worked at Yarmouth Lumber as a shop assistant.
Phipps loved to be with his family – be it trucking with his dad, going to church with his mom, spending time with his nieces and nephews or hanging out with his brother and sisters – it was all good. His love for them was as big as the man and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his father, William H. Phipps and step-mother Pam Rogers, both of Yarmouth; his mother, Patricia A. Phipps, of Windham; his sister, Kristalyn Phipps; his brother, Kevin Phipps; his sister, Laurie Balzanelli and her husband, Michael; his sister, Sheryl Gray; his grandfather, Orrin Phipps; and three nieces and five nephews.
Visiting hours will be 5–7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Highland Cliff Advent Christian Church, 96 Highland Cliff Road, Windham. A reception will follow at Yarmouth Lumber, 384 Portland Road, Gray. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, his family would sincerely appreciate donations in Phipps' memory to Highland Cliff Advent Christian Church, 96 Highland Road, Windham, ME 04062 or Autism Society of Maine, 72B Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364.