Robert George Ripston, 49, of Torrington and a former Westport resident, died Aug. 26, 2010.

Born in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of the late Robert and Laura Ripston. A 1980 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, he was employed many years at the Torrington Co.

He was particularly proud of helping with the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter.

Survivors include his brother Neil, sister-in-law Linda, sister Beth, brother-in-law Owen, nephew Kevin, niece Erin and best friend Barry.

Funeral arrangements by the Cook Funeral Home in Torrington. Memorial donations may be made to the Last Post Animal Sanctuary, 95 Belden St., P.O. Box 259, Falls Village, CT 06031. Condolences may be registered online at www.laportacookfuneralhome.com.