Larry Jude Lopes

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 Larry Jude Lopes

SACO - Larry Jude Lopes passed away at Maine Medical Center on Sept. 26, 2018 after a brief fight with cancer. Born May 3,1955 to George and Lorette (Marchand) Lopes at the military hospital in Tripoli, Libya, while his father was stationed in Athens, Greece. Growing up in an Air Force family, Larry enjoyed a childhood of world travels, living in Germany, Japan, North Dakota and Louisiana before settling in Portland, ME as an adult.

Marriage to his 1st wife, Ellen Panarese, produced two wonderful children, Alexe and Eliza.

Larry graduated with a BS in Industrial Technology and a minor in Economics from University of Southern Maine. He discovered a passion for computers and technology, which led to a career in IT. Larry joined the Peace Corps in 2007 where he served in American Samoa. Soon after returning stateside, Larry began working for UNUM, where he worked until his retirement on July 15, 2018.

From childhood, Larry had a strong interest in cycling, and made many multi-state treks and annual races up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. He participated in the Trek Across Maine to support the American Lung Association, the Maine Lighthouse Ride to support the Eastern Trail Alliance, the Community Bicycle Center's AppleCycle, and ALA's Cycle the Seacoast. Inspired by the loss of a friend to cancer, Larry was an active participant and fundraiser including serving as UNUM team captain. His son Alex often joined him in training and riding.

In the past Larry has been a dedicated board member at the Community Bicycle Center, the Town and Country Credit Union and was currently active as a board member of the Island Terrace Owners Association. He loved his condominium home at Island Terrace, enamored by the direct view out his window of the Saco River teeming with wildlife. He loved to cook and treated others with excellent dishes. It was while residing at Island Terrace that he met Hilda Shelton in 2013, his future wife and love of his life. Larry and Hilda married on July 6, 2018 at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, OR, with Hilda's family in attendance.
Larry was a robustious ten-year survivor of lymphoma with a recurrence that came devastatingly fast in the last two weeks of his life. The family expresses their sincere thanks to the extensive Maine Medical team for their exceptional care and compassion, especially surgeon Timothy Fitzgerald, MD, Leif Skjerli, MD, Aaron Brown, RN, CNOR, Mark Wrona MD, and his primary oncologist, Helen Ryan MD.

Larry leaves behind his son Alex and wife Michelle (Darling) Lopes and grandchildren Ryder and Roman; daughter Eliza Lopes; sister Nadine Marchand and wife Deb Stahler and their children Justine and Michael, and grandchildren Kyle and Ava; sister Lora Marchand, stepmother Lillian Lopes; and many wonderful cousins, extended relations, and dear friends. Larry will also be deeply missed by his loving wife, Hilda Lopes, her daughter Morgan Moulton, brother-in-law Michael Shelton, his wife Traci and their son Griffin, and their parents, Don and Aida Shelton. Larry was predeceased by his parents George and Lorette, and his brother Arthur Lopes.

A celebration of Larry's life is planned for his birthday in May. Donations in Larry's memory are welcome to Community Bicycle Center,

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 10, 2018
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