In memory of
Robert J. Lapota Sr.
MANCHESTER - Robert J. Lopata Sr., aka Dad, 80, passed away peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on May 14, 2018. Born in Nesquehoning, PA on February 12, 1938, he was son of the late Michael Sr. and Mary (Drovshock) Lopata. He enjoyed 59 years of marriage with his wife, Grace (Genest) Lopata. Bob was raised and educated in Lansford, PA. After high school, he proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years as a mechanic. He spent time stationed in Japan before being stationed at Grenier Field in Manchester. After being honorably discharged from the military, he settled down in Manchester with his wife, Grace, and worked at E&R Cleaners for 41 years as a route salesman before retiring. Bob was a member of the Mount Royal Club; a Scout Master; and a volunteer at St. Peter's Orphanage. He also enjoyed softball, golf and dancing. Most of all, Bob was a devoted father and husband who worked hard to support his family. In addition to raising several children of their own, Bob and Grace fostered many children over the years. Bob will be best remembered as a friend and dad to hundreds. Bob leaves behind his wife, Grace Lopata; his children, Michael Lawrence and wife Lisa, Cheryl Lawrence, Robert Lopata Jr. and wife Gail, David Lopata and wife Susan, Lisa Lacombe and husband Normand, Tammy Lessard and husband Peter, and Maureen Lopata and partner John Coco; his brother, John Lopata; his sister, Joan Wall; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother, Michael Lopata Jr. There will be a celebration of life at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Community Hospice House, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 or online at https://www.hhhc.org. Assisting with arrangements is Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium. To leave a condolence message for the family, visit www.phaneuf.net.
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