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Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

John R LoPresti

June 6, 1932February 1, 2020
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John Robert LoPresti, 87, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2020 at Backus Hospital surrounded by his family following a lengthy battle with cancer. John was born on June 6, 1932, the son of the late Rose Cheffo LoPresti and Joseph M. LoPresti. He was born and raised at the farmhouse at 5 Hollowell Road in Preston, Connecticut. He graduated in Preston City Elementary School in 1947, at NFA High School in 1951 and at the University in New Haven with Associate Degree in Business-Management. John worked at Electric Boat in Groton from 1957 to 1991 where he retired as a paint supervisor. After his retirement, he worked full time at his family's LoPresti Farm. An avid bowler at Norwich Ten Pin, he served as the president of the Mr. & Mrs. League for more than 20 years. Twice he represented Connecticut Senior's for a Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nevada. He pitched horseshoes at the American Legion and for many years at local fairgrounds each summer. He was also an avid fan of Uconn Women's Basketball, the Boston Red Sox & the New England Patriots. He coached baseball for Preston Little League and Babe Ruth. He is survived by his wife Anne Hill LoPresti whom he was married for 64 years and 5 children: his son John Joseph "Jack" LoPresti and daughter-in-law Mary Fusaro LoPresti; daughter Diane Dean; son Mark William LoPresti and son-in-law Jerry Moreau; daughter Joanne Marie LoPresti, son-in-law Philip W. Richardson, granddaughter Athena Marie Richardson and grandson Philip Wade Richardson It; and son David Michael LoPresti and daughter-in-law Elizabeth "Betsy" U. LoPresti. He is also survived by his Aunt Gloria Cheffo, brother Paul Arthur LoPresti and sister-in-law Jane LoPresti, brother Joseph Carl LoPresti, brother-in-law Richard "Richie" Fleming, niece Rosemary Fleming, nephew Richard "Rick" Fleming Jr., grandniece Morgan Leigh Fleming and grandnephew Christopher Ladd Fleming. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Marie C. LoPresti Fleming and grandson John Joseph LoPresti, Jr. John's family would like to thank both the medical staff of Backus Hospital and Eastern Connecticut Hematology & Oncology for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Preston Parks & Rec. Visitation will be Friday Feb. 7, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. at the Labenski Funeral Home 107 Boswell Avenue Norwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday Feb. 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Catherine of Sienna Church Preston. Burial will be private. Please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.

Services

  • Vistiation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 8, 2020

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Paul & Linda Cote

February 11, 2020

When you sign up for league bowling as a young person you acquire the most wonderful friends who are secondarily also bowlers. John LoPresti is one who became a dearest friend and bowling teammate. I bowled with him in numerous summer bowling leagues and last year in a Friday night league. He was a fan of all sports but particularly the Red Sox. He has always been a terrific bowler. As recorded on the bowl.com web site maintained by USBC, three times he bowled 11 strikes in a row. He had one 299 game and two 300 games. His lifetime average was above many of the best bowlers in his center. He was always willing to help beginners with advice, even if they were bowling against us. His teammates would admonish him; "Not now John. Wait till the match is over." He was a 'Southeastern USBC Hall of Famer' who was frustrated in later life as age and his insidious disease robbed him of his skills. He acted as a Director in the same bowling association, mentoring and helping fellow bowlers. He retired from Electric Boat but his brothers were principals at Lopresti Farms in Preston, intersecting Route 164 and Hollowell Rd. He worked there in retirement and would always bring vegetables to Linda and me and others on our bowling nights. They were the best and we couldn't wait to return home to eat them. I could go on and on about this man my wife and I loved. Suffice it to say the world and our lives are poorer without him. We know that Anne, his family and friends will have many fond memories of John that will sustain them as they transition to a life without him. We will all miss him.

JoJo and Kaye Galang

February 7, 2020

To Dave, Betsy and all the Lopresti Family,

We most remember John as a loving, generous, kind hearted person, and always willing to show us around your beautiful farm!

We are so sorry for your loss.

Sherrie Shutsky

February 6, 2020

I live right down the street from the farm he works at I go there all the time I can't believe John is not going to be there he is what made that farm going rest in peace 🙏🙏😇

Laura Kelly

February 6, 2020

Dear Joanne and family,
So sorry for your loss. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Kelly

Mike Marion

February 5, 2020

Rest in Peace John. I am sure they have a lane reserved in Heaven for you. Thank you for making Becky and I feel so welcome when we joined the Mr&Mrs. League. To John's Family he lives on not just in your hearts but in the hearts of all the people he touched in his 87 years whether it be bowling or little league coaching. He was a Good Man. Our prayers are with you.
Love Mike and Becky Marion

Cathy Desimone

February 4, 2020

On behalf of Cheryl and Chris Maynard and family so sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers
go out to the LoPresti family.

Cliff Allyn Jr.

February 4, 2020

To all the LoPresti Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

R.I.P. "Johnny"

Jerri Phillips

February 4, 2020

Dear Mark and Jerry, I am so sorry for you and your families loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.please accept my sympathy.Much Love,Jerri

Kenneth Zachem

February 3, 2020

John Lopresti was one of the great role models in the town of Preston.
Loved talking bowling with him..
You be missed....
R.I.P.

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Biography

John Robert LoPresti, 87, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2020 at Backus Hospital surrounded by his family following a lengthy battle with cancer.
John was born on June 6, 1932, the son of the late Rose Cheffo LoPresti and Joseph M. LoPresti. He was born and raised at the farmhouse at 5 Hollowell Road in Preston, Connecticut. He graduated in Preston City Elementary School in 1947, at NFA High School in 1951 and at the University in New Haven with Associate Degree in Business-Management. John worked at Electric Boat in Groton from 1957 to 1991 where he retired as a paint supervisor. After his retirement, he worked full time at his family's LoPresti Farm. An avid bowler at Norwich Ten Pin, he served as the president of the Mr. & Mrs. League for more than 20 years. Twice he represented Connecticut Senior's for a Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nevada. He pitched horseshoes at the American Legion and for many years at local fairgrounds each summer. He was also an avid fan of Uconn Women's Basketball, the Boston Red Sox & the New England Patriots. He coached baseball for Preston Little League and Babe Ruth.
He is survived by his wife Anne Hill LoPresti whom he was married for 64 years and 5 children: his son John Joseph "Jack" LoPresti and daughter-in-law Mary Fusaro LoPresti; daughter Diane Dean; son Mark William LoPresti and son-in-law Jerry Moreau; daughter Joanne Marie LoPresti, son-in-law Philip W. Richardson, granddaughter Athena Marie Richardson and grandson Philip Wade Richardson It; and son David Michael LoPresti and daughter-in-law Elizabeth "Betsy" U. LoPresti.
He is also survived by his Aunt Gloria Cheffo, brother Paul Arthur LoPresti and sister-in-law Jane LoPresti, brother Joseph Carl LoPresti, brother-in-law Richard "Richie" Fleming, niece Rosemary Fleming, nephew Richard "Rick" Fleming Jr., grandniece Morgan Leigh Fleming and grandnephew Christopher Ladd Fleming. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Marie C. LoPresti Fleming and grandson John Joseph LoPresti, Jr.
John's family would like to thank both the medical staff of Backus Hospital and Eastern Connecticut Hematology & Oncology for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Preston Parks & Rec. Visitation will be Friday Feb. 7, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. at the Labenski Funeral Home 107 Boswell Avenue Norwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday Feb. 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Catherine of Sienna Church Preston. Burial will be private. Please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.