RONALD EDWARD TIPPE
August 20, 1950 – August 1, 2014
“You could not ask for a more blessed life than I’ve had.”
After a long and valiant fight, our dear friend, Ron, passed away quietly in his home with his family by his side. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Molly Maginnis, children Annie and Sam, and his mother Sylvia along with an unquantifiable number of people who were lucky to call him family, teacher, colleague, co-conspirator, mentor, and friend.
In December 2012, Ron had extensive brain surgery to remove a large malignant tumor called a glioblastoma, which was discovered in the temporal lobe of his brain. A month later, the tumor had grown back and was removed again. With the love and care from family and friends along with radiation and chemo, Ron was able to do the things he loved the most – visit with friends, host dinner parties, long walks with pugs Lucky and Lulu and be with his family. But just as important, Ron continued to share his creative passion with the world. He continued to teach and mentor, write and develop ideas for projects he wanted to produce and direct, and there is no doubt he would have accomplished these goals, had he been given more time.
This page (Ron’s Tippe Jar) was set up by the Friends and Loved Ones of Ron Tippe to help offset some of the exorbitant costs of Ron’s care. While your incredible generosity directly helped to make Ron’s last year and a half more comfortable (and the family is beyond grateful for your donations and all of the cards, letters, posts, and calls of encouragement and love), the family’s finances are devastated and there are still sizable residual bills – hospital visits, ambulance, hospice – that need to be paid.
To that end, we are extending this fundraiser to help the family get back on their feet, give them some time and space to grieve and then rebuild their lives as individuals and as a family unit.
Anything you can give (or give again) is deeply appreciated.
You can use this site to donate or if you prefer, checks can be mailed directly to:
93 Kent Street, Apt. 1L
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Thank you all again for your continued kindness and generosity.
The Friends and Loved Ones of Ron Tippe
P.S. You can see more about Ron and his family by visiting the new website: www.rontippememorial.weebly.com
Ron had a lot of wonderful experiences in his life, the greatest being his love and devotion to his family and friends, but we wanted to include a bio to show the breadth of his talent and accomplishments.
Ron Tippe was in the entertainment business for 37 years. He began as a stage director and spent the first 9 years of his career directing stage plays at various companies in New England. In addition, he was a founding member and artistic director of the Incredibly Far Off-Broadway Ensemble Theatre, which specialized in new play production and staged productions set in different environmental locations.
Ron spent the next few years as a director of TV commercials, industrial and education films, after which he spent years as a writer in Hollywood, CA. In 1994, Ron segued into the Feature Animation business when he produced the first Mickey Mouse short film, RUNAWAY BRAIN, which was nominated for an Oscar. At the same time he was the managing director of the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio in Paris, France. Ron then went on to produce the hit film, SPACE JAM, at Warner Bros' Feature Animation studio. He subsequently worked at DreamWorks Feature Animation where he produced the pre-production for the hit film, SHREK. The next few years were spent working at George Lucas's ILM for a digital version of FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN, and at Warner Bros' Feature Animation producing a remake of the classic, MR. LIMPET. In 2004, he had the wonderful honor to work with Christopher Reeve on EVERYONE'S HERO, an animated feature for 20th Century Fox. In 2007, he produced the pre-production for Imagi Feature Animation Studios, GATCHAMAN.
Ron has also produced record albums in addition to being an accomplished musician and the owner of QT Music (Ascap)and Barn Boy Music (Ascap) publishing companies. In 2008, Ron accepted a Visiting Professorship at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI And was a visiting professor at Emerson University in Boston. Most recently Ron taught film and served as department head at NYFA in NYC..
Ron is also a certified Life Coach specializing in issues of story telling and the creative process. He is also the founder of THE WRITE APPROACH, a RI based screenwriting workshop that debuted the RIIFF 2009 season. Ron is married to Hollywood Costume Designer, Molly Maginnis and has two children, Annie Tippe, like her father a writer/producer/director and Sam, an aspiring chef.