History of Lynn's Landscaping
After serving our country in World War II, Lynn Gripon returned to Texas A&M to complete his studies and received his degree in the new field called "Landscape Art". He chose League City to apply his trade and, along with his wife, Lorene, settled in the outskirts of town and opened a nursery, giving birth to the company now known as Lynn's Landscaping. The year was 1951. Over the years Lynn did not just sit back and watch his little town grow, he was an instrumental force in the development of the community and was always available to lend a hand to a neighbor or get involved with a worthy community project. He was a firm believer in faith, family, tradition and especially his Aggies. Sadly, we lost Mr. Lynn in September 2000 at the age 74. The town virtually shut down for the service and folks were standing in the doorways to pay their respects. He was loved by many and is missed by all. Lynn's Landscaping is now officially the oldest family-owned business in League City. Greg Gripon, Lynn's youngest son, operates the business and was responsible for taking Lynn's Landscaping from its lawn-mowing origins to the busy design-build direction it is headed today. The "boondocks" neighborhood where the business first started is now centrally located near all of League City's new neighborhoods. We look to the future and see wonderful things for our City, and only hope and pray that we can continue in Lynn's image as his legacy to the world and to the people of League City.
Anthony “Tony” Joseph L’Abbate
We will miss you Tony...
Anthony “Tony” Joseph L’Abbate, 56, of Dickinson, Texas passed away June 8, 2010, at St. John’s Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas. He was born on May 9, 1954 in Gainesville, Florida to Joseph Paul and Josephine Opacity L’Abbate. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture. He married his devoted wife, Terri, on July 15, 2000.
Tony was a musician at heart, and has played in rock bands since High School. He also loved nature with a passion, and had a deep appreciation and respect for all that is green and beautiful. He moved to Houston, Texas in 1997 to jump start his second career as a Senior Designer with Lynn’s Landscaping of League City, Texas, where he was privileged to work with his closet friend, Greg Gripon, and Greg’s father, Lynn Gripon, who was like a father to Tony. Lynn Gripon was instrumental in guiding Tony into his wonderful relationship and marriage to Terri, as demonstrated in the pointed man-to-man talk, “When are you going to marry that girl?!”
Tony was gifted in the training and guidance of his adopted dogs, especially Katie and Lucy, who brought great love and companionship, to him and all who encountered them.
Tony is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Paul L’Abbate. He is survived by his wife, Terri, his mother, Josephine L’Abbate of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, his sister, Joanne L’Abbate of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and his sister, Cynthia L’Abbate Darby, her husband and his brother-in-law, Kevin Darby, his nephew John Darby and his niece, Kelly Darby, all of Athens, Georgia. Tony is also survived by his loving in-laws, Verner Hamilton Jones and Dorothy G. Jones, of Miami, Florida and his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Quallo and Sandra Shields.
The family received friends from 6:00pm-8:00pm Friday, June 11th, and the service celebrating Tony’s life was at 11:00am Saturday, June 12th, all held at Niday Funeral Home. The family hosted a reception at Tony and Terri’s home in Dickinson immediately after the Saturday service.