NameJoseph Albert Didace RIOPEL 49,73,61
Birth11 Oct 1900, Worcester, MA, USA
Baptism13 Oct 1900, Worcester, MA, USA
Death4 Sep 1966, Worcester, Worcester, Mass. USA
Burial7 Sep 1966, Worcester, Worcester, Mass. USA
FatherDidan Didace RIOPEL (1859-1906)
MotherRose de Lima CHARTRAND (1859-1902)
Family ID1921
SpouseEllen QUIRCK 49
Birth13 Feb 1907, Bondsville, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Death22 May 1991, Worcester, Worcester, Mass. USA
Children
Birth12 Dec 1932
Death1983
Birth26 Sep 1936, Worcester, MA, USA
Death9 Dec 1995, Tampa, Florida, USA
Marriage1956
Birth9 Aug 1949, Worcester, Worcester, Mass. USA
Death11 Apr 1998, Worcester, University of Mass, Hospital.
Notes for Joseph Albert Didace RIOPEL
# 2602, Worcester, Mass. Births, 1841-1915, 004021453, image 444

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

March 21, 1995

Edition: ALL
Section: SPORTS
Page: D4


Topics:
Index Terms:
CENTRAL MASS, WORC, SPORTS, NEWS, PEOPLE, COLLEGES,
COMMENTARY

Column: SPORTS STREET

HOP RIOPEL 49A LEGENDARY CITY ATHLETE \ STARRED IN MULTIPLE SPORTS

Author: NICK MANZELLO


Article Text:

The latest nomination for the best all-around athlete to come out of the city of Worcester is Albert "Hop" Riopel, a Holy Cross legend who was considered by many Crusader followers as the best ever to wear the HC colors.

Riopel, a Worcester native, attended Holy Name of Jesus Parachial School and the Canterbury and Dartmouth street schools before transferring to Grafton Street School, where he graduated. He played baseball at each of those schools.

Hop then attended Commerce High School, where he captained the football, baseball and basketball teams, and ran indoor and outdoor track and cross country. He was captain of the outdoor track team as well.

Riopel entered Holy Cross in the fall of 1920. He played football, basketball and baseball for four years, earning a school-record 11 letters. He was captain of the 1923 football team.

HONORED BY PEERS

Members of his class honored Hop with a silver cup with the inscription: "Presented by the Class of 1924 of Holy Cross to A.D. Riopel in appreciation of his great athletic ability and as a token of high esteem."

While in college, his summers were spent working and playing semipro baseball in the area.

In baseball, he was a brilliant centerfielder with a potent bat and attracted the attention of pro baseball scouts. After graduating from Holy Cross, he was offered baseball contracts by the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.

Instead, Hop elected to accept a position as football and baseball coach at Milford High. He was appointed athletic director of the Milford public schools in 1925 and remained there until 1933. He coached basketball at Assumption College from 1929 to 1933.

Riopel returned to Holy Cross as freshman football coach in 1933 and later that year was appointed assistant football coach under Ank Scanlon. Hop was the assistant football coach under Ox DaGrosa when Holy Cross went to the Orange Bowl in 1946.

AIDE TO BARRY

He served as assistant baseball coach under the legendary Jack Barry and was later head coach for a number of years. He was an assistant under basketball coach Alvin "Doggie" Julian as well.

He served Holy Cross for 33 years before retiring in 1966. During many summers, he coached baseball in the Blackstone Valley League. At one time, he was a member of the State Boxing Commission.

His son, Franny "Hop" Riopel, was an outstanding football, basketball and baseball player for the great North High teams in the early 1950s.

Albert "Hop" Riopel will always be remembered as the best centerfielder in Holy Cross history and also one of the greatest athletes ever to come out of the city.

Sports Street: Still buzzing over the late-season dip of the IceCats, the two NCAA wins by the UMass men's basketball team, and the outstanding state final basketball games played at the Centrum. ... The Aud was alive with boxing fans Friday night wanting to watch two world championship bouts and catch a glimpse of promoter Don King. One of the World Boxing Council members in attendance was Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar, son of the head of the WBC. Saldivar was familiar with Worcester and the area, having attended and played sports at the Winchendon School. "We would come to Worcester and enjoy the city," said Saldivar. "I have many fond memories of the Winchendon School and the city of Worcester." ... Where are they now? Tony Sylvestro, the former North High athlete and city softball player, is manager of Allied Metal Products Co. of Worcester. ... Billy Bratchell, a brilliant modified softball pitcher in the area, has been appointed state umpire-in-chief of the National Softball Association, according to state director Tom Marum of Worcester. ... Great to have Moe Bernstein, a former city handball and tennis player, back walking Sports Street following major surgery. ... Tom Marlborough, the ex-Auburn High baseballer, phoned from California last week to inform us that his buddy Bobby Hickey, a former Auburn High and Worcester State College basketball player, recently married Maureen Morris, a former Worcester State field hockey player. ... The Commerce High Class of 1935 will hold a reunion from noon-4 p.m. on May 7 at the Holiday Inn in Worcester. "The 1935 class had many of the finest athletes in city schoolboy history," said Eddie Urbec, one of the reunion coordinators. "We expect most of these fellows to be in attendance for the reunion."

The Friendly House will host the 1995 Division 1 Youth Hoop Championships this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will feature teams from Hempstead, N.Y., Warwick, R.I., and West Chester, Ridley, Media and Paoli, Pa. The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Tony Poti (755-4362).

Sports Street lost a regular last week with the death of Paul Brissette. Paul was too young to pass on. He'll be remembered as an outstanding athlete and coach. A former member of the Auburn school committee, Paul's outgoing personality and straightforwardness will always be recalled by his scores of friends in the years ahead. He'll be missed. ... Guy Hendrickson and Shawn Taylor of Millbury finished 18th of 66 teams and won $1,800 in the $250,000 Miller Genuine Draft Doubles Challenge over the weekend in Reno, Nev. The top 12 teams after 24 games of qualifying moved on to match play. Hendrickson and Taylor, who represented New England in the competition, knocked down 4,898 pins during qualifying.

Tickets for the T.N.T. boxing show on Saturday, April 8 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel are moving at a brisk clip, according to Steve "Tank" Tankanow, one of the promoters of the event. Two Worcester boxers - Sean Fitzgerald and Jose Rivera - will fight in 10-round main bout co-features. ... Carlos Garcia, who trains and manages boxers, has organized an amateur boxing show Friday at the Ionic Ave. Boys and Girls Club. "We will feature Junior Olympic boxers in the 12-bout card," said Garcia. "One of the youngsters who will be boxing is 12-year-old Javier Colon, the national 80-pound Silver Mittens champion." ... The 20th annual Holy Cross Basketball Camp, directed by HC men's basketball coach Billy Raynor, will be held in two sessions this year. The first session will run July 23-July 28, the second July 30-Aug. 4. Camp commissioners include Holy Cross assistant coaches Walter Townes, Roy Dow and Tommy Gibbons, along with Steve Dubzinski, the coach at North Middlesex High. Prices: Overnight $300, day $175 and commuter $225. For more information, call 793-2555.

Finally: Sutton High School just completed one of the greatest basketball seasons - boys and girls - in school history. Now comes word that the boys team has won the annual Cervini-Hardy Sportsmanship Award given by the Central Mass. Board 26 IAABO.

The award will be presented to coach Steve Romasco and principal Veto Filipkowski at the board's annual banquet on Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Circuit Avenue, Worcester.

Sutton won the award in 1992, was first runner-up in 1994 and second runner-up in 1993. Bartlett High, a second-place finisher this year, won the award in '93 and '94.

Following Sutton in the voting were Bartlett, Shepherd Hill, St. John's, St. Peter-Marian, Leicester, David Prouty, Grafton, Doherty and Millbury.





Copyright (c) 1995 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Corp.
Record Number: 9503218072



Mr. Holy Cross
Ajouté par jamiemcdonald_1 le 14 nov. 2008

Known as “Mr. Holy Cross,” Hop Riopel began his outstanding athletic career in grammar school. He brought that prowess onto the field and onto the court at Holy Cross, where he earned 11 varsity letters.
Upon graduation, Riopel was offered a position with the New York Giants, but turned it down. Instead, he assumed coaching duties at Milford (Mass.) High School, where he led both the basketball and baseball teams to several state championships.
In 1933, he became the freshman baseball, football and basketball coach at Holy Cross. Eventually, he filled the role of varsity coach in all three sports. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he acted as football scout for the Crusaders. Riopel served as coordinator of athletics at Holy Cross for 33 years.

Biography
“Hop” Riopel will forever be known as “Mr. Holy Cross” for his years of dedicated service to the college. He was a three-sport standout at Holy Cross, earning an amazing 11 varsity letters as a Crusader. The baseball team won 100 games during his four years, while the football team posted a 25-10-1 mark. He was a key playing the Crusaders' upset of Syracuse on the gridiron in 1921, and his game-saving catch helped snap Boston College’s 23-game baseball winning streak in 1923. After graduating in 1924, Riopel turned down professional baseball offers to accept a teacher/coaching position at Milford High. He served as basketball coach at Assumption College from 1928-1932 and returned to his alma mater in 1933 as freshman baseball, basketball and football coach. He spent four years (1934-35, 1942-45) as the head coach of the men's basketball team, and spent 27 years as a Crusader assistant football coach (1933-37, '39, '41, and 1944-63). Riopel was was named athletic director at the college and was inducted in the Varisty Club Hall of Fame in 1957. Riopel retired as athletic director on June 30, 1966, and died less than three months later.

Life in Brief:

- Being born on Oct 11, Hop was a Libra.
- he was 5'8'' (172 cm) tall.
- his weight was 165 lbs (75 kg).
- he has a gaming experience of 1 year.
- Hop attended the Holy Cross University.

#10/11 (tie) Albert “Hop” Riopel ’24
Known as “Mr. Holy Cross,” Hop Riopel began his outstanding athletic career in grammar school. He brought that prowess onto the field and onto the court at Holy Cross, where he earned 11 varsity letters.
Upon graduation, Riopel was offered a position with the New York Giants, but turned it down. Instead, he assumed coaching duties at Milford (Mass.) High School, where he led both the basketball and baseball teams to several state championships.
In 1933, he became the freshman baseball, football and basketball coach at Holy Cross. Eventually, he filled the role of varsity coach in all three sports. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he acted as football scout for the Crusaders. Riopel served as coordinator of athletics at Holy Cross for 33 years.



Birth: 
Oct. 11, 1900
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: 
Sep., 1966
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Mr. Holy Cross
Ajouté by jamiemcdonald_1 14 nov. 2008

Known as "Mr. Holy Cross," Hop Riopel began his outstanding athletic career in grammar school. He brought that prowess onto the field and onto the court at Holy Cross, where he earned 11 varsity letters.
Upon graduation, Riopel was offered a position with the New York Giants, but turned it down. Instead, he assumed coaching duties at Milford (Mass.) High School, where he led both the basketball and baseball teams to several state championships.
In 1933, he became the freshman baseball, football and basketball coach at Holy Cross. Eventually, he filled the role of varsity coach in all three sports. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he acted as football scout for the Crusaders. Riopel served as coordinator of athletics at Holy Cross for 33 years.

Biography:

"Hop" Riopel will forever be known as "Mr. Holy Cross" for his years of dedicated service to the college. He was a three-sport standout at Holy Cross, earning an amazing 11 varsity letters as a Crusader. The baseball team won 100 games during his four years, while the football team posted a 25-10-1 mark. He was a key playing the Crusaders' upset of Syracuse on the gridiron in 1921, and his game-saving catch helped snap Boston College's 23-game baseball winning streak in 1923. After graduating in 1924, Riopel turned down professional baseball offers to accept a teacher/coaching position at Milford High. He served as basketball coach at Assumption College from 1928-1932 and returned to his alma mater in 1933 as freshman baseball, basketball and football coach. He spent four years (1934-35, 1942-45) as the head coach of the men's basketball team, and spent 27 years as a Crusader assistant football coach (1933-37, '39, '41, and 1944-63). Riopel was was named athletic director at the college and was inducted in the Varisty Club Hall of Fame in 1957. Riopel retired as athletic director on June 30, 1966, and died less than three months later.

Life in Brief:

- Being born on Oct 11, Hop was a Libra.
- he was 5'8'' (172 cm) tall.
- his weight was 165 lbs (75 kg).
- he has a gaming experience of 1 year.
- Hop attended the Holy Cross University.

#10/11 (tie) Albert "Hop" Riopel '24
Known as "Mr. Holy Cross," Hop Riopel began his outstanding athletic career in grammar school. He brought that prowess onto the field and onto the court at Holy Cross, where he earned 11 varsity letters.
Upon graduation, Riopel was offered a position with the New York Giants, but turned it down. Instead, he assumed coaching duties at Milford (Mass.) High School, where he led both the basketball and baseball teams to several state championships.

In 1933, he became the freshman baseball, football and basketball coach at Holy Cross. Eventually, he filled the role of varsity coach in all three sports. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he acted as football scout for the Crusaders. Riopel served as coordinator of athletics at Holy Cross for 33 years.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Ellen R. Quirk Riopel (1907 - 1991)
 
 Children:
  Joseph T. Riopel (1949 - 1998)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Johns Cemetery
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: OnlyMe
Record added: May 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69465374
Notes for Ellen QUIRCK
Ellen R. (Quirk) Riopel, 84, of 70 Fales St. died yesterday in Providence House Nursing Home, 119 Providence St.

Her husband, Albert D. "Hop" Riopel, former longtime Holy Cross College coach, died in 1966. She leaves two sons, Francis D. Riopel of Tampa, Fla., and Joseph T. Riopel of Worcester; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces. A daughter, Rosemary E. McDonald of Worcester, died in 1983. She was born in Bondsville, daughter of Thomas and Nellie (Ferris) Quirk, and lived here 60 years.

Mrs. Riopel graduated from the former Framingham Normal School, now Framingham State College.

She taught home economics many years ago at Milford High School.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, and a former member of St. Bernard's Church, its Rosary Altar Sodality and the Framingham State College Alumni Association.

Funeral services will be held Saturday from Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.


Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) - Thursday, May 23, 1991




Birth: 
Feb. 13, 1907
Bondsville
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: 
May 22, 1991
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Children:

Joseph T. Riopel, 9 Aud 1949 - 11 Apr 1998
married Foley; 2 sons, 1 daughter
Francis Dolan Riopel, 26 Sep 1936 - 9 Dec 1995
married Baribeault; 2 sons 3 daughters
Rosemary E. Riopel, 12 Dec 1932 - 17 Dec 1983
married James Edward McDonald, 24 Mar 1931 - 25 Nov 2007; 2 sons, 1 daughter

All b. Worcester

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Albert Didace Riopel (1900 - 1966)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph T. Riopel (1949 - 1998)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Johns Cemetery
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Maintained by: OnlyMe
Originally Created by: Mark Wing
Record added: Mar 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66382675
Last Modified 12 Oct 2016Created 4 Apr 2017 by Robert Riopel using Reunion for Macintosh