NameHoward Joseph “Rip” RIOPELLE 30
Birth30 Jan 1922, Ottawa, Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil, Ontario, Canada
Baptism12 Feb 1922, Ottawa, Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil, Ontario, Canada
Death22 Sep 2013, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Burial25 Sep 2013, Ottawa, St. Mary’s Church, Ontario, Canada
FatherJean Baptiste John RIOPELLE (1869-1941)
MotherJulia Isabella MACDONALD (1876-1959)
Family ID4071
SpouseClaire McCLOSKEY 30
Birth5 Mar 1922, Ottawa, Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil, Ontario, Canada
Baptism12 Mar 1922, Ottawa, Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil, Ontario, Canada
Marriage1 Jul 1977, Ottawa, St. Patrick’s, Ontario, Canada
Notes for Howard Joseph “Rip” RIOPELLE
Howard "Rip" Riopelle - Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1922. Rip was a left-winger who played 3 NHL seasons with the Canadiens  (1947-50). Had his most productive season in 1949-50 scoring 12 goals and 20 points. Was known as being more of a checker and digger than a scorer. Most of his professional hockey career was spent in the Quebec minor leagues. Eventually, a back injury forced him out of the NHL.??In 1950, Rip started a fashion design business in Ottawa called Riopelle Fabric Shop and in 1955 he retired from professional hockey altogether and remained in Ottawa with his store. Howard "Rip" Riopelle?scored 27 goals?and 43 points?in 169 NHL games?from 1947 to 1950

RIOPELLE, Howard Joseph ("Rip")
Riopelle Fabric Centre
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
RCAF Veteran
Rivermead Golf Club
Peacefully and at home with family at his side, Howard ("Rip") Riopelle, in his 92nd year, moved on to join his Lord on September 22, 2013. Howard was a loving husband, parent, grandparent, local sports figure and a respected businessman in the Ottawa community. He is predeceased by his beloved first wife, Claire (nee McCloskey), his parents John and Julia, and by his 14 brothers and sisters. Howard is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie nee Foran (Plunkett) and his children Gerry (Rosi), Jane (Jerry Hiscock), Michael (Dorothy) Julia (Peter Wallace), and his 10 adoring grandchildren Sarah (Ed), Joe, Ben (Lindsay), Matthew (Megan), Jeffrey, Kristie (Eric), Jordan (Laura), Hannah, Lucy and Sophie. He is also survived by his five great grandchildren Charlie, Audrey, Micaela, Claire and Stirling. Howard was much loved by Marjorie's children Gerard (Marcia), Ruth (Kurt Haller) and Dan (Marie) and their children Matthew, Sarah (Francis), Rachelle, Nathan, Isaiah and Marjorie's great grandson, Noah. Howard grew up in the heart of "The Village" - now Ottawa's little Italy and following the outbreak of WW II joined the RCAF. After his overseas service, Howard launched his hockey career with the Montreal Royals (1945-47), and was instrumental to their successful 1947 Allan Cup run. He went on to join the pro ranks with the Montreal Canadiens (1947-50) before closing out his hockey career with the Ottawa Senators (1951-55), then of the Quebec League. Howard was a long-time member of the Rivermead Golf Club and was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. His business (Riopelle Fabric Centre) was a Bank Street institution spanning nearly 5 decades from the 1950s to the early 1990s. He humbly gave of his time and provided support to many persons and organizations within the local community. He proudly served on the Board of Directors of St. Pat's Home for many years, Forever faith filled, Howard made a difference in the lives of many and was much loved by all who knew him.
Friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home, Somerset Chapel
585 Somerset St. W. Ottawa ON K1R 5K1
on Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday to St. Mary's Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 10:30 a.m. The family would especially like to thank Pamela Lauzon, who assisted Marjorie and provided the care that allowed Howard to remain at home until his death and also the nurses and doctors who provided medical care for Howard during his final days. In memoriam donations to Campaign Life Coalition, Companions of the Cross and Madonna House, Combermere or Ottawa Ontario.

Jan. 30, 1922
Ontario, Canada
Sep. 22, 2013
Ontario, Canada

Former Habs player, Ottawa businessman 'Rip' Riopelle dies-

A Second World War veteran, NHL player, and prominent businessman passed away Sunday at the age of 91.

Howard "Rip" Riopelle, who launched his professional hockey career in the 1945-46 season suiting up for the Montreal Royals, died in his Blackburn Hamlet home.

"He was a very, very, faith-filled man," said daughter Julie Wallace.

"His big thing was always doing the will of God."

The father of four — to Gerry and Jane of Ottawa and Mike of Brockville — suffered from dementia.

Nonetheless, "physically, he was in great shape," said Wallace.

Riopelle was the youngest of 15 children.

Wallace said he enjoyed telling the story about his own father saw him on the ice as a youngster and told him to toss his skates in the Rideau Canal.

Riopelle played for four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and the junior Ottawa Senators before opening Ottawa's first fabric store, Riopelle Fabrics, in the Ô50s.

Disease took their father over the years, but despite his success "he wasn't defined by what he did," she said.

Donations in his memory can be made to St. Patrick's Home or Companions of the Cross.

Funeral arrangements are being finalized and will be published Monday. 
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