LeRoy "Roy" P.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother,
friend, and renown aviator
June 9, 1929 - August 7, 2002
On June 9, 1929 LeRoy Patrick LoPresti was born
to Agnes (LaRusso) and Patrick LoPresti in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
He was suddenly called home to be with our Lord on August 7, 2002.
Survivors include his Aunt Kay Riley (William) of Melbourne, Florida;
brother Richard (Linda) of Peterstown, West Virginia; his loving
wife and soul mate of fifty years Margaret "Peggy";
five children, daughter Amy (Tim) of Allen, Texas; sons Curt (Etta),
Jim (Beverly), Roy, and David (Anne) all of Vero Beach, Florida.
He also celebrated life with eleven grandchildren whom he all
adored and held a special place in his heart.
Mr. LoPresti was a graduate of New York University
receiving a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He proudly served
his country as a United States Air Force pilot and was a veteran
of the Korean War. Following his military service he held many
notable positions within the aviation community.
Mr. LoPresti's career highlights include the following:
Grumman Aerospace - Long Island, New York
One of the original lunar module designers and a consulting pilot
on the lunar module program
Grumman American - Cleveland, Ohio
As Chief Engineer he was responsible for designing the Grumman
Tiger and Cheetah aircraft.
Mooney Aircraft - Kerrville, Texas
Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering who was responsible
for designing the Mooney 201, 231, 252, and 301 aircraft
Beech Aircraft - Wichita, Kansas
He served as Vice President of Engineering.
In 1987 Mr. and Mrs. LoPresti located to Vero Beach,
Florida to join forces with the former Piper Aircraft.
LoPresti Speed Merchants is the family's aviation
business formed in 1991, where Mr. LoPresti served as President
until his death. Seven members of the LoPresti family remain to
operate the company.
In 1990 Roy was a recipient of the Godfrey Cabot
Award. The Cabot Award is presented each year by the Aero Club
of New England in recognition of outstanding contributions to
the advancement of aviation and aerospace science. The Cabot Award
is a highly coveted award that made his family extremely proud.
A mass celebrating Roy's life will be offered at
1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2002 at St. Augustine Episcopal
Church located at 475 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach. The Reverend
Michael W. Goldberg will be officiating. Following the mass, Roy
will be interred at the church columbarium immediately followed
by a reception in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations
be made in Roy's honor to St. Augustine Episcopal Church, where
the family enjoys active membership, tremendous amounts of love,
and spiritual strength.
Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home is in charge
St. Augustine Episcopal Church
475 43rd Ave.
Vero Beach, FL 32968