George E. Rippey, 61, of Fairfield, died March 15, 2010, in Branford, surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of 36 years to Susan Farnum Rippey. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Meredith E. Rippey and Beckett H. Rippey, both of Fairfield; his son, G. Christopher Rippey and his wife, Katie of Fairfield, and their sons, George and Colin Rippey; his mother, Agnes Rippey of Fairfield; two sisters, Teresa Shehada of West Nyack, N.Y., and Agnes Clauson of Fairfield; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, George Rippey.

Born in New York City, Rippey was raised in Yonkers and attended Fordham Prep. He graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor of science degree in English and received an MBA in marketing from Fordham Graduate School.

As an executive search consultant, Rippey held roles as managing director at RHI Executive Search and Heidrick & Struggles. He was also a partner at Oak Hill Partners, a search firm he co-founded.

Early in his career, he spent many years with IBM before joining the Marketing Corporation of America, for which he was a consultant and partner.

Over the years, he enjoyed competing in golf, tennis and paddle tennis with other members of the community. He was an active member of the Country Club of Fairfield. Rippey also loved fishing and spending time with his family outdoors on Kezar Lake in Maine.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield; interment will be private.

Donations may be made in his memory to the CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405; or Greenfield Hill Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield, is in charge of the arrangements. To send an online condolence, visit