Walter Adriance Kipp III

  • Born: January 3, 1940
  • Died: December 8, 2019
  • Location: Norwalk, Connecticut

Lawrence Funeral Home

2119 Post Rd
Darien, CT 06820
Tel. (203) 655-6127

Tribute & Message From The Family

January 3, 1940-December 8, 2019

A true embodiment of the word gentleman, Walter Adriance Kipp III (Trey) peacefully departed this world on December 8, 2019. Of his many wonderful attributes, he was first and foremost, husband to his beloved wife of nearly 56 years, Susan Clair Kipp, and the proud father of two sons, Walter Adriance Kipp (Tim) and his wife Hilary Hobbs and Curtis Clair Kipp and his wife Terry Seefried. He was the cherished son of Walter Adriance Kipp Jr. and Ruth Harrington Kipp, and the adored oldest brother to Kerwin Kipp Mayers and Harrington Streat Kipp (Tim) and his wife Kathleen Keller.

Trey and Sue met at the University of Vermont where they earned their undergraduate degrees. He won his juris doctorate from Rutgers Law School in 1967 and soon became the third generation of Kipps to practice law in Bergen County, New Jersey. His great grandfather, Judge Walter A. Kipp started the law office in 1899. Trey entered the firm with his father in 1967 then known as Kipp, Ashen and Somerville and now known as Kipp and Allen on Chestnut St in Rutherford, New Jersey. In 1972 he and the family moved to Rowayton, CT where he passed the CT Bar and maintained law practices in both states.

Trey was very active in civic affairs in Bergen County, he was a member of the Rutherford Community Chest, an official along with his wife in numerous Republican Party offices, a member of the Board of Adjustment, on the board of Harold House, on the advisory board of Farleigh Dickinson's Urban Institute, the Urban Crisis Council, president of the Rutherford Rotary Club, and a trustee of Hillside Cemetery Association

As a life-long athlete he was an avid competitive sailor, racing in transatlantic and Bermuda races. He loved distance running and skiing with his family and friends.

Trey was known for his sincerity, honesty and wonderful sense of humor. He was brave to the very end of his life and will be deeply missed and forever remembered.

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Condolence & Memory Journal


An honor to work with such a kind human being. Wish I could see you come through the front door again. You will be greatly missed Mr. Kipp.

Posted by AJ Allen - Rutherford, NJ   December 20, 2019

I will miss Trey very much. He and his father were my family's lawyers for decades going back to my grandparents' time. He just helped me settle my Dad's estate from 2018. He even drove me to the Courthouse last year when I had shoulder surgery. Yes, he was very sick, but he was very calm about it and kept persevering at his job and at life. He was a very fine human being. Condolences to his whole family. So many people appreciated him and will miss him very much. His passing is the end of an era in Rutherford.
Cheryl Wright Vee, Rutherford, NJ

Posted by A friend   December 20, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Kipp for over 16 years. Mr. Kipp was not only my boss, but more of a father figure to me. He taught me a lot and I will be forever grateful. He was such a brave man while battling his illness. I talked to him just over two months ago and he still made light of what he was going through, never seemed down, and took it with a grain of salt.

He was definitely a "Gentle Giant" and there will never be another like him.

RIP "Trey" and thanks for always treating me wonderfully! Jeanne Strayhall

Posted by Jeanne Strayhall - Rutherford, NJ   December 13, 2019

Dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Walt's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. May his light continue to shine down on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Warm regards, Scott O'Malley & The Crew at Robidoux Landscaping.

Posted by Scott O'Malley - Norwalk, CT - Acquaintance   December 13, 2019