Larry Trippy, 1949-2010
Stunned friends described Trippy as an “all-around good guy” whose willingness to help out others, including his fellow Park Street merchants, quickly endeared him to them. He was also beloved by the patrons of Paul’s Newsstand at the corner of Park and Santa Clara, who often stopped to talk with Trippy about his beloved San Francisco Giants and Buffalo Bills as sportscasts burbled from his ever-present transistor radio. The Park Street Business Association’s Robb Ratto called Trippy “The prince of Park Street.”
The newsstand was covered with notes to Trippy and fronted by a row of lit candles Thursday morning.
“Park Street was his family,” said Yolanda Schamoni of Shear Delight on Park, whose business sports a huge sign honoring Trippy out front. Schamoni said she and Trippy became friends when Trippy took over the newsstand about four years ago. And she said Trippy was like a big brother to her son, Camren, 2.
“He keeps wanting to go down to the newsstand and give Larry a hug,” Schamoni said. “There are all kinds of people out there. But not Larry.”
Joe Churchward Jr., who owns The Churchward Pub on Park, which Trippy frequented, said the former Marine from Ripley, N.Y. was a great guy who enjoyed music – Iggy Pop’s “Candy” was his favorite song – and who loved to read graphic novels. Churchward said Trippy was the first customer he met, and that he used to stop by the newsstand every day for a chat.
“Everybody here is pretty shaken up. He’ll be sorely missed,” Churchward said.
Before he took over operation of Paul’s Newsstand, Trippy worked at the AMF Bowling Center in Alameda and at the Macarthur BART station, Churchward said. He had lived in Concord before moving to Alameda, he said.
Trippy’s survivors include two sisters. A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 14 at The Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street. For more information, call 521-4800.