NORTH OXFORD – Ralph Joseph LePore, 87, of McIntyre Road, died peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2020, surrounded by his family after a long battle with dementia. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Naida (Rodriguez) LePore of North Oxford; eight children, Kristen A. Perkins and her husband Roland of Gilmanton, NH, Mark D. LePore of Everett, Meredith J. Ballou and her husband Douglas of Webster, Noelle M. Yeomelakis and her husband Michael of Reading, Jennifer L. Earle and her husband Edmund of Millbury, Ralph J. LePore Jr. of North Oxford, Marisol Rosa of New Bedford, and Patricia Alger of Worcester; his sister, Nancy J. Lepore of Everett; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was born in Boston, son of the late Ralph “Freddy” F. and Carmella (Defeo) LePore, and lived in North Oxford for 32 years.
He graduated from Everett High School in 1951 and received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. LePore was a purchasing and contract manager throughout his career. Very business minded with a playful sense of humor. He was a member of the Oxford Planning Board for 20 years and a member of the Central Mass Planning Board. He was a member of St. Ann’s Church in North Oxford. He enjoyed music and played many instruments including trumpet, piano and drums. Whenever there was a piano at a party, Ralph could be heard playing “Spanish Eyes” and the “Misirlou”, among others. He loved roller skating and skated competitively throughout his years. He had a soft heart and helped many people through the years. He will be greatly missed.
A private graveside service will be held at North Cemetery in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452, or to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.