William L. Tritapoe, 81

JAN 18, 1932-MARCH 8, 2013

March 09, 2013
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William Leonard Tritapoe, 81, of Boonsboro, Md., died Friday, March 8, 2013, at his home.

Born Jan. 18, 1932, in Yarrowsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Calvin Thomas Tritapoe and Rhoda Younkins Tritapoe.

He was a 1948 graduate of Brunswick High School.

He was married to his loving wife of 39 years, Janet Wheaton Tritapoe.

Bill served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Bill was a member of Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro.

Bill loved the town of Boonsboro and previously served on the town council as a councilman.

Bill had many professions during his lifetime. He worked as a salesman at many car dealerships and owned Tritapoe Auto Sales in Middletown, Md. He retired from Sharrett’s Auto Center in Hagerstown, Md. He was a licensed real estate broker, who had worked for many agencies. He owned South Mountain Realty in Boonsboro. Bill also was a longtime auctioneer, and he and his brother, Calvin, operated Pleasant Valley Auction in Brownsville, Md.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Mindy Barrons Allen and partner, Nancy Flippin, of Atlanta, Ga., Linda Tritapoe Walla and husband, Steven, of Keedysville, Md., Jennie Barrons O’Leary of Boonsboro, Robin Tritapoe Michael and husband, John, of Boonsboro, and Allison Barrons and fiancé, Page Gay, of Boonsboro; six grandchildren, Bryan Walla of Hagerstown, Kevin Walla of Westminister, Md., Luke Michael of Boonsboro, Jared Michael of Boonsboro, Katie O’Leary Salas of Ewing, Va., and Niki O’Leary of Yukon, Pa.; two great-granddaughters, Cassidy Hope O’Leary of Yukon and Emily Grace Walla of Hagerstown; one brother, James Tritapoe of Brownsville; and two sisters, Eileen Tritapoe Bayles of Frederick, Md., and Patsy Tritapoe Mohler of Brunswick, Md.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Tritapoe, Calvin Tritapoe and Richard “Dick” Tritapoe.

Bill was a member of Boonsboro Family Worship Center, 7605 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, where a memorial service will be Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jack C. Payne Jr. and the Rev. Jeff Summers will officiate. Military honors will be rendered by Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 of Boonsboro. Burial will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County Inc., 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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