George P Cippon, 91, passed away on Feb 10, 2021 in Surprise, AZ
No Funeral Service is planned at this time. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
George was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 3. 1929. He went to high school at Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He attended Combs Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia before he was accepted into the US Army Band at the Military Academy at West Point. While there he performed with the orchestra (violin), dance band (Bass) and Field Music (Trumpet). He was also involved in the instrument repair department (all instruments) – especially brass instruments – which became a lifelong passion of his.
Although holding jobs as salesman, manager, and business owner throughout his life – George always stayed involved in music - playing trumpet (and other brass instruments as needed), repairing instruments, as well as collecting (and repairing) old instruments. He had a rather extensive collection!
After leaving the Army, he performed as a trumpet player in the Greater Delaware Valley area – including the Valley Forge Symphony, the Guild Brass Ensemble (which he organized himself), German Brass Bands, various dance bands, and as a utility trumpet player in many other bands in the area.
When he moved from NJ to AZ, he started performing again in many Sun City area musical groups – most notably the Sun City Concert Band and the Desert Brass Band, which was a favorite of his. He played his last gig before Covid-19 stopped all music performances. George is survived by his wife, Patricia Cippon. His sons: Paul, Glenn, and Neil, and their Mother Doris Cippon. His stepchildren: son James Galvach, and daughter Theresa Abbott. His Grandchildren: Amy, Julie, Damien, Matt, Savannah, Nick, Kris, Ricky and a great-granddaughter Kaliha.
His body was donated to Sun Health Research in Sun City AZ.
A Special thanks to Kay Moon of Moonlight Manor for making his last years comfortable with the compassionate
care of her caregivers.
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