Eugene Rippa, a resident of Merrick, Long Island, and New Rochelle, NY, died on June 12, 2013. He was 70 years old.Gene was born on May 7, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Gene and Florence (Thoman) Rippa. He was a retired butcher who served in the US Army. He raised orchids and raised and showed Airedales.He is survived by his two brothers Vincent Rippa and his wife Monica, Richard Rippa and his wife Elaine, his sister-in-law Elizabeth; nine nephews and nieces and nine grand nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by a brother Robert Rippa. Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 &7-9pm PM at Lloyd Maxcy and sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday 9:30am am at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. In lieu of Flowers donations may be made to Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY.