John W. Lippold, “Stubborn German”, 66, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. John was the beloved husband of Debra Acabchuk Lippold for 38 years. He was born in Meriden on February 22, 1951, son of the late George G. and Florice Barnes Lippold. John earned his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University and later went on to work for the State of Connecticut DMR for 25 years. He also worked as a substitute teacher for five years for the Meriden Public School System. John was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Meriden where he volunteered his time and knowledge as a Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the CT Chapter of the Mended Hearts Association. John was a very strong person who enjoyed fishing and was an avid animal lover, especially his beagles Eddie and Bonnie. Along with his loving wife Debbie, John is survived by his daughters Danielle Lippold of West Haven and Keana Lippold of Meriden; brothers George (Carole) Lippold of Rutland, VT and Jerry (Pat) Lippold of Eugene, OR; sister-in-law Nancy (Rick) Childers of Meriden; and nephew and godson Roy Childers of Meriden. He was predeceased by his sister Helen Santor. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for John on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church of Meriden, 159 East Main Street, Meriden CT 06450 (Corner of E. Main & Pleasant St.) . Interment will be private. Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, Meriden is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Meriden, Attn: Sunday School, 15 Pleasant St., Meriden, CT 06450 or the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Ave., Meriden, CT 06450. To share a condolence with John’s family, please visit

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  1. Debbie, I am very sorry for your loss. I worked closely with John at the Wallingford office of the Department of Developmental Services. We shared an office and were a tight team. John was so creative in the way that he was able to work with and teach individuals with intellectual disabilities. I wish you and the girls caring thoughts.

  2. We are deeply saddened to hear about Uncle John’s passing. We know he had a rough time at the end but was a fighter. That’s what us Lippolds are known for. We are so sorry to hear about his suffering with the cancer. We know now that he is finally with my mom, grammy, & grampy. That makes me content. Our prayers & thoughts are with you at this time. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask!! I will not be able to attend the memorial since I am working but I will be thinking of you all at that time. So sorry!! Hugs!! We will be making a donation to the humane society since we know he loved animals.

  3. Dear Debbie and girls, Jerry and George: I am so sorry to hear of cousin John’s passing. I know his Uncle Walt, my dad loved the time they spent together hunting. My dad had a special place in his heart for all 3 boys and he loved visiting you Debbie and your family. I will always remember John as being very gentle, kind and loving his family, his work and pets. He was a hard-working German, a dedicated husband and dad; he was also close to his brothers. As his cousin, I will always remember his big smile, dedication to his job and his kindness and compassion to all. I am sorry that I cannot make it; living in Virginia, teaching and just found out the news. As a former member of First Methodist and having been married there, I know that John was a dedicated servant. You all will be in our thoughts, prayers and heart and again I am so sorry for this loss to the family. With our love, Cousin Chris Lippold Campbell Alan and Julian, Elliot and Nathan

  4. My best friend growing up. I knew John since 1958 or 1959 as he lived right behind me in So. Meriden on New Cheshire Rd. John was always a very kind gentle person. A faithful friend, an awesome person. I loved the entire Lippold family, they became family to me. Johns Mom and Dad and Johns brother, George were my extended family as I’d frequently go to Johns house just to hang out. It was a way of escaping fro my Dad. I was actually closer to Johns Dad, George than to my own Dad. In school I remember John always reaching out to those with severe developmental disabilities, to those kids that were different. It was that compassion and concern that led John into his career of teaching the intellectually challenged. John has finished running the race, he is in heaven because he believed in and put his faith in Jesus Christ as his own personal Lord and Savior. I will always have fond memories of John. He will be missed, but I plan on seeing him again in heaven.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. The Lippold family will always hold a place in my heart as they were so kind to me and my family as I was growing up. Such genuinely good people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Pamela Moesel Garringer

  6. We are so saddened to learn of John’s passing. God Bless Deb, Danielle & Keana as you mourn the loss of someone so dear to you. Love, The Porsch Family

  7. Debbie, I am very sorry for your loss. We are deeply saddened to hear about John’s passing. So sorry we could not get down to see all of you and support you in your time of need. May god bless you all.

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