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Michael Lopriore
  • February 26, 1938
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  • September 30, 2017

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Major Michael Lopriore, US Army retired, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died Saturday, Sept 30th, after an extended illness.   He was born an American citizen, in Anagni, Italy, on Feb 26, 1938, to Palmira and Vincenzo Lopriore. The family of 6 relocated to Jamestown, NY, in 1953. He enlisted in the US Army following graduation from Jamestown High School in 1957.  In 1964, he was commissioned a 2nd LT after completing Officer Candidate School.  Helicopter pilot training led to a tour in Vietnam.  Fixed wing pilot training followed and preceded his second tour in Vietnam as a forward air controller.  Mission demands returned him to helicopter pilot status for the remainder of his tour.  He earned a BA from Park College in Missouri before his assignment to Redstone Arsenal, AL, as Chief of Flight Operations where he arranged a city wide fly-by of the plane transporting one of the space shuttles in the 1970s.  He retired from the military in 1977, having earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Bronze Stars, Meritorious Service Medal, 25 Air Medals, Army Commendation Medals, and others.  He was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots’ Association (VHPA) in Florida. He made the transition to civilian life as a travel agent with Christopher Travel in Huntsville, AL, allowing him to continue his love of travel.  He also played soccer for Jamestown’s semi-pro team in the mid 1950s, the US Army divisional team in Germany, and officiating for elementary, high school and college games in retirement.  He was generously, but quietly, supportive of those who needed help and a true and loyal friend. He is already missed by his wife, Shirley and step-daughters, Lisa Ninnis (James) and Pamela Irwin (Robert).  He is also survived by his brother Anthony, his 3 sisters: Maria T. DeJoy (Vincent), Lorenza Everson (William), and Rose Marzi (Walter), and numerous extended family members in the US and Italy: maternal aunt and uncle, 7 step-grandchildren, 12 great and 3 great-great nieces and nephews, and multiple cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, his half- sister Maria Josephine Blanchard, and brother Dominic. The family wishes to thank the staff at Clyde E. Lassen Veterans Nursing Home, Emory Bennett Veterans Nursing Home, and Halifax Hospice in Port Orange for their devotion to his care.  In lieu of flowers, as internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, the family requests monetary donations be made in his name to the Halifax Health Hospice, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL  32129 or Vietnam Helicopter Pilots’ Association of Florida, Inc. P.O. Box 947718, Maitland, FL 32794-7718



Service

Location:
Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place

Date & Time:
October 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM



Visitation

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October 15, 2017





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  1. 10 Oct 2017
    Mark DeJoy says:
    Uncle Mike, words can never describe the life you have lived. The impressions and lessons learned you have left with all of your nieces and nephews will never be forgotten, My visits to Florida will live in my memory until the day we meet again. RIP "King of the Skies".

    Salute' Major Michael Lopriore (Uncle Mike)

  2. 08 Oct 2017
    Jim & Joanne DeSantis lit a candle:
    Lit since October 8, 2017 at 10:54:42 AM

  3. 07 Oct 2017
    John and Alaide Stuart says:
    Many fun times with many happy memories--RIP
    Mida Domenici, John and Alaide Stuart

  4. 04 Oct 2017
    Jean Noguchi says:
    Sending sincere condolences to Shirley and family, with love and aloha ...

  5. 04 Oct 2017
    Tricia Cain lit a candle:
    Lit since October 4, 2017 at 10:20:14 PM

  6. 04 Oct 2017
    Tricia Cain says:
    I have many fond memories of my visits with Michael and Shirley in New Symrna and Daytona Beach. I remember cocktail hour with Michael, Jackie and Tony in the Odrowski garage while waiting for Shirley to come home from teaching. Michael and Shirley have always been extremely generous friends and treated us like family. We shared many Thanksgiving dinner with them over the years. They would pick me up and drop me off at the Daytona Airport, without hesitation and always with a warm smile and big hug. Michael enjoyed good food, his friends, and the occasional glass of Carlo & Rossi wine. He was very proud of his wife Shirley and their families. My hearfelt sympathy to Shirley and the whole family for your loss. Michael was a wonderful and kind hearted person, who I will sadly miss.
    Love Tricia

  7. 04 Oct 2017
    Kelly and Michelle Sullivan says:
    What an incredible life and inspiration for younger generations. The world could use a lot more people like Uncle Mike.

  8. 03 Oct 2017
    LouAnn Campbell lit a candle:
    Lit since October 3, 2017 at 10:46:22 PM

  9. 03 Oct 2017
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  10. 03 Oct 2017
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    Lit since October 3, 2017 at 10:27:08 PM

  11. 03 Oct 2017
    Kathy & Emile Blanchard says:
    So sorry for you loss, Emile has all good memories and cherishes the stories from his mother.

  12. 03 Oct 2017
    DeJoyLoomis Family says:
    Uncle Mike will be sadly missed. We have fond memories of his trips to Jamestown and the times the family gathered. So sorry, Aunt Shirley, for your loss.

  13. 03 Oct 2017
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    Lit since October 3, 2017 at 10:16:46 PM

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