Robert G. Luopa, 56, a lifelong resident of Troy, died on Sunday morning, Oct. 21, 2018, in Troy after a sudden illness.
He was born in Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 2, 1961, the son of Laurence and Dolores (Hartley) Luopa.
In his late 20s he started his own business, Robert Luopa Masonry, that has been in operation for the past 30 years. Bobby was an artist in his craft. He built many stone walls, chimneys, fireplaces, brick buildings and especially loved working on restoration of historical buildings around Cheshire County and Western Massachusetts. He will be laid to rest among the many stone walls he proudly built in the Mountain View Cemetery.
He was a member of the Troy planning board for the past eight years, serving as president for the last two.
He coached local sports and spent time with his son traveling for youth hockey. He loved being outdoors especially at the family camp in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, where he enjoyed fishing on the Kenai River and hunting with his friends in the area. His land there is to be considered his legacy to the family’s next generation. He enjoyed traveling to Ohio to visit family and go hunting with his cousins. Cooking, brewing hard cider, gardening and raising pigs was among the many things he liked to fill his time with. He was a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan, hardly ever missing a game.
He was a well-respected member of the community, loved by many friends and family.
He is preceded by his mother, Dolores; father, Laurence; and brother, Ronald Luopa. He is survived by his children, Colby and his wife, Deanna Luopa, of Keene, Clay Luopa of Jersey City, N.J., and Lindsay Luopa of Saco, Maine; sister, Rhonda of Troy; brother, Randy Luopa of Troy; and several nieces and nephews; longtime companion, Rachel O’Leary of Troy; and her children, Angela and husband, Scott Pelletier, of Jaffrey, J Rocheleau and wife, Jessica, of Eagle Lake, Maine, Dakota and husband, Erick Boucher, of Swanzey. He was Papa to eight grandchildren. You will forever be missed and in our thoughts. “Drive fast, drink milk.”
Graveside services will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery, Route 12, Troy on Friday afternoon, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. The Rev. William Ringer, pastor of the Christian Lutheran Church in Troy, will officiate.
Friends and family are encouraged to attend a celebration of life after the service at the Samuel E. Paul Community Center in Troy immediately following the service.
The Foley Funeral Home of Keene is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence message and sign an online register book, go to www.foleyfunralhome.com.