YARMOUTH – Jason “Jake” Orrin Phipps, 36, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Jake 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. Throughout the years Jake enjoyed participating in Special Olympics, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and most recently kayaking. His passion however was harness racing. He was a member of Maine Harness Racing Association and worked as a groomer for Don Richards; and his grandfather, Orrin Phipps. He was a judge at Maine State Truck Driving Championships. Jake worked at Yarmouth Lumber as a shop assistant. His open and uplifting personality followed him wherever he went and he would go out of his way just to say “Hello.” Jake 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.
Jake is survived by his father, William H. Phipps and stepmother, Pam Rogers, of Yarmouth; mother, Patricia A. Phipps of Windham; sister, Kristalyn Phipps; brother, Kevin Phipps; sister, Laurie Balzanelli and husband, Michael; sister, Sheryl Gray; grandfather, Orrin Phipps; three nieces, five nephews and hundreds of friends.
Visiting hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Highland Cliff Advent Christian Church, 96 Highland Cliff Road, Windham. A reception will be afterward at Yarmouth Lumber, 384 Portland Road, Route 100, Gray. Burial will be at a later date at Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, Jake’s family would sincerely appreciate donations in Jake’s memory to Highland Cliff Advent Christian Church, 96 Highland Road, Windham, ME 04062; or Autism Society of Maine, 72B Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364. To view a video collage of Jake’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family, please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com.