Peabody — William “Kipper” Kipouras, 74, beloved husband of the late Carol (Saunders) (Stone) Kipouras, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014, at the North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital, after being stricken at home.
Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late George and Katherine (Pappas) Kipouras and was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated from Peabody High School, Class of 1958, and furthered his education at Staley College.
Bill's passion for sports journalism began early, reporting for the Peabody Times. In the early 1960s, he began covering high school sports for the then Boston Herald Traveler, establishing the idea of “Athlete of the Week,” singling out a local high school athlete to expound on their accomplishments and potential. He culminated his career as a sports journalist working for the Salem Evening News sports department for more than 35 years, many of those as Sports Editor. Retiring in 2010, he continued to report on local sports, writing articles for the Peabody/Lynnfield Weekly Newspaper, and on radio North Shore 104.9’s North Shore Sports Desk. Bill’s coverage of high school sports impacted countless athletes.
Affectionately known by most as “Kipper," he was an icon in the sports community. If you played sports, you knew him and more importantly, he knew you. Right up until his passing, he would often be seen on the sidelines of high school games, intently watching the game. He was always greeted by former players or their families, and could always be counted on to recall, in minute detail, an athlete’s statistics and contributions, sometimes decades later.
His professional accomplishments were many and were recognized with inductions into the Peabody High School Hall of Fame, the Salem State College Hall of Fame, and the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition to his student-athlete focus, he also covered professional sporting events including the Boston Bruins, Superbowl games, and Olympic competitions.