Amato V. Lepore, a local attorney and leading civic figure died peacefully on Wednesday morning at the Aberjona Nursing Center. He was 95.
A Medford resident for most of his life, Amato was the son of the late Lorenzo and Concetta (Ciampa) Lepore. After graduating from Medford High School in 1936, Amato studied at Northeastern University.
As America entered World War II, Amato enlisted in the Army Air Force and served overseas in England. Upon his discharge, he settled back home and entered law school at Northeastern University.
He was married to Angela Giampapa in 1947. While in practice in Medford, Amato became active in many civic organizations including the Sons of Italy, Medford Rotary, Medford Elks, The Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and served as Commander of the Italian American War Veterans Post. He was the local chair of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, raising awareness and funds to eradicate heart disease and cancer.
He became active in local politics and served for many years as chair of the Republican City Committee. He was elected to the Medford School Committee and the Medford City Council and served as the City’s Deputy Mayor. For many years, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Medford Savings Bank.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Amato was a friend to many who will be remembered for his integrity and goodness.
The beloved husband of the late Angela (Giampapa) Lepore, Amato leaves his devoted children: Dr. Lorenzo Lepore and his wife Nelida and Amato V. Lepore Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, all of Medford. Amato was a loving grandfather to Angela-grace Lepore of Medford and Victoria Munoz-Lepore of New York City. He was a dear brother of Mary Cogliani of Winchester, Lawrence Lepore of Arlington and the late Joseph Lepore.
His funeral will be from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, Monday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral mass celebrated in Saint Raphael Church, 512 High St., Medford, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Sunday 4-8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Amato’s name to the Aberjona Nursing Center Activity Fund, 184 Swanton St., Winchester, MA 01890 or to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Ave., Medford, MA 02155.