Gary J. Lopresti Sr, a lifelong resident of Malden, passed away at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury on Sunday, May 29th, after a lengthy illness. Gary was born at the Chelsea Naval hospital in 1951, the son of Alfred and Margaret Lopresti. He was raised and educated in Malden, and graduated from Malden High School with the Class of 1969. After high school, he worked for a short time at the US Postal Service before enlisting in the US Air Force. He served with the Air Force for 4 years during the Vietnam era, and upon his honorable discharge, he returned to both Malden and his job with the US Postal Service. In 1971, Gary married his sweetheart, Marleen M. Knowlton and the two settled down in Malden to raise their family. They shared over 50 years of marriage together.
He worked at the South Postal Annex as a Supervisor for nearly 40 years. As a 2nd degree blackbelt, he gave lessons to nurses at Malden hospital. 2012-2016 he attended Suffolk University where he graduated with Honors with a degree in Finance. He also founded G & G Construction and Lopresti Insurance Agency which had offices in Malden, Somerville, and Chinatown. He loved his house, making repairs, building porches and decks, and was a very skilled woodworker. He also was a passionate baker, as anyone who enjoyed his breads, muffins, and brownies will attest. More recently, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of getting his pilots license.
Gary was a faithfull and dedicated member of St. Josephs Church in Malden. He had strong devotion to the Blessed Mother and never hesitated to look to her for guidance.
He is survived by his wife Marleen M. Lopresti and his 4 children, Julann Casaletto of Malden and her husband Edwin, Gary J. Lopresti Jr of Melrose and his wife Karla , Anthony D. Lopresti of WI and his wife Maureen, and Dr. Matthew F. Lopresti of Wayland and his wife Dr. Mary, his siblings, Alfred Lopresti of FL, Richard Lopresti of NH, John Lopresti of NH, Michael Lopresti of NH, Helen Lopresti of NH, his grandchildren, Zachary, Christianna, Gabrielle, Sophia, Ava, Josh, Liv, David, Madeline, Henry, Jax, and Caroline, and his great granddaughter, Zoey.
In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret LaBerge.
Funeral Services will be held from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden on Tuesday, June 7th, at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Josephs Church, 770 Salem St, Malden, at 10 AM.
Interment to follow in the Veteran’s Section of Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Mon, June 6th, from 4-8 PM.
In Lieu of flowers, donations, kindly consider making donations to: Make-A-Wish Foundation, 133 Federal St 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02110.
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