OBITUARY

Joseph R. Lopez Sr.

August 3, 1924August 29, 2019
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LOPEZ, Joseph R. (Joe), 95, of Tampa, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away August 29, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his parents, Laudino and Sarah Lopez, and sister, Alina Lopez. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Stella “Sis” Lopez; children, Joseph R. Lopez, Jr. (Margaret), Alan M. Lopez, Mark A. Lopez (Lisa) and Vanessa L. Rogers (Allen); and grandchildren Shea, Michael, David, Ryan, Jake and Alexis. Born on August 3, 1924, Joe lived in Tampa before moving to New York at the age of 12. During his senior year of high school, in 1941, he enlisted in the Navy and served on a destroyer in the Pacific during WWII, holding that position until the end of the war in 1945. After the war, he returned to Tampa and in 1951 met the love of his life, Sis Grimaldi, who helped him receive his business degree from the University of Tampa in 1953. Upon graduating college, Joe received his insurance license and worked as an agent for Poe and Associates in downtown Tampa for thirty years. A respected member of the community, he was on the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and the Ybor City Optimist Club. In 1973, along with fellow members Joe Granda, Henry Fernandez, Daniel Martinez and Cesar Gonzmart, founded the Krewe of the Knights of Sant Yʼago, an instrumental part of the Ybor City community. In addition, through the Krewe of the Knights of Sant Yʼago Education Foundation, Inc., he started an endowment fund at his alma mater, the University of Tampa,for the education of Hispanics. An avid fisherman, Joe accomplished a rare feat of catching every species of bill fish in the world. He coached baseball for Bayshore Little League, formerly known as Ed Wright Little League, for 16 years in the Tampa Bay area and loved tennis, golf and the Miami Hurricanes. He was also an avid Bucs fan and season ticket holder for 43 years, and was one of the people responsible for bringing the franchise to the Tampa Bay area. Above all else, what he cherished the most was his family. A world traveler Joe never missed an opportunity to share those experiences with his children and grandchildren, who loved him dearly and will miss their “Papa”, the best dressed man in Heaven. A service will be held at the McLaughlin Center at Christ the King Church, at 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa FL 33609 on Friday September 6, 2019. The family will host a gathering at 7:00 pm, followed by the service at 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Krewe of Sant Yʼago Education Foundation, Inc, at 120 Woodglen Ct., Oldsmar, FL 34677. Please send online condolences to www.BlountCurryMacDill.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Laudino and Sarah Lopez, and sister, Alina Lopez. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Stella “Sis” Lopez; children, Joseph R. Lopez, Jr. (Margaret), Alan M. Lopez, Mark A. Lopez (Lisa) and Vanessa L. Rogers (Allen); and grandchildren Shea, Michael, David, Ryan, Jake and Alexis.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Krewe of Sant Yʼago Education Foundation, Inc,

Services

  • Gathering of Friends and Family Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, September 6, 2019

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Pedro Alvarez

September 6, 2019

Sis,

Please allow me to convey my sorrow and deepest sympathies to you and your family. As you may recall, my family and I were blessed to have shared the love, friendship and company that you and Joe provided, when we stayed at the beach, in a condo next to yours -- the good times and memories we shared with both of you and my family will never be forgotten. Joe was a wonderful man and he will be missed by my family and certainly by many more who were fortunate enough to have been blessed with his acquaintance.

I just learned of his passing and I regret that I was unable to attend the service in person but if there is anything that I can do for you or your family, please do not hesitate to call on me -- now or in the future.

Once again, please allow me to extend my love and sympathies to you and your family -- Raul Alvarez

Dr. Roy BERDEAL

September 6, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sis and the family at this time. Joe was a wonderful person and personality who will be missed but never forgotten.

Ham Moshell

September 5, 2019

Joe, Mark and Alan:

I have many fond memories of your father dating back to our Davis Islands days and Ed Wright Little League . My late father managed the Giants and it was always a pleasure and challenge to face the Mustangs managed by Mr. Lopez.

In more recent years, as a YMKG pirate, I always enjoyed catching up with your father at the day and knight parades and getting an update on the three of you.

He was one of Tampa’s best and a true example of the greatest generation.

Best regards to you and your family.

Ham Moshell

SAM GREENWOOD

September 5, 2019

Sis,

My deepest sympathies to you and family. I only had the good fortune to meet you a few times. But the hospitality you shared with my family has never been forgotten.

I met you and Joe thru my brother, Dick Greenwood. Years ago, you and Joe invited us (me, my wife and two young daughters ) to join you for the evening Gasparella parade. Your graciousness was never forgotten. Over the years, I'd have lunch with Joe and yourself over at the beach. Again, you both were always a pleasure to be with.

I'll treasure the memories and want you to know -- simple and honest hospitality is never forgotten.

All the best to you and family.

Sam Greenwood

george diaz

September 5, 2019

a long time friend and krewe brother may he rest in peace
a very loving person ready to help anyone my condolence to sister as his his wife is known
sorry cannot attend service will be out of town

george diaz ksy

Rene Boothby

September 4, 2019

Thinking and praying for all of you in the passing of Mr. Lopez. I have good memories of him and all your family. My condolences to all of you. Rene Boothby

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