Columbus, OH --- Orrin Phipps, 91, of Yarmouth, Maine, died Jan. 26, 2013.
He was born in Portland on Oct. 19, 1921, the son of William and Fannie (Ross) Phipps.
Mr. Phipps was the founder of Yarmouth Lumber and was actively involved until a week ago. He always enjoyed trucking, was a Red Sox fan, an avid hunter and loved horses.
He owned Standardbreds for more than 50 years and was driving them into his mid-80s. He was a lifetime member of the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association and the USTA.
In 2006 Phipps was named co-national Amateur Driver of the Year, with “Doc” Gill and was honored on Hall of Fame weekend at Goshen, N.Y. and the New England Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers’ Association honored him with a citation at its awards program in 2007, at Scarborough Downs, and earlier that year at Cumberland Raceway. He was also the first recipient of the chapter's Iron Man Award, founded in 2000.
He also loved dachshunds and there was no other dog for him.
Mr. Phipps is survived by his son, William; grandchildren, James, Sheryl, Bethany, Laurie, Kevin and Kristalyn; as well as a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Sperry; second wife, Margaret Dugas; daughter, Janet Clarke; and grandson, Jake.
A time of gathering and visitation will be held on Friday (Feb. 1) from 6–8 p.m. with tributes at 7:30 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME. Burial will be in the spring in Riverside Cemetery, Smith Street, Yarmouth. Visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 436, Augusta, ME 04330.
-- Jack Ginnetti contributed to this report.