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Dr. Joseph P. Lopes, 89,

Dr. Joseph P. Lopes, 89, of Milford passed away, January 10, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Ann M. (Belforti) Lopes who passed away in 2016. He was survived by two sons, Joseph P. Lopes Jr. and David E. Lopes both of Milford, one sister Eleanor Niro of Uxbridge, two grandchildren, Caleb Lopes and Mia Lopes and two great-grandchildren, Jack Lopes and Cecelia Lopes. He was born in Milford son of the late Jose and Teresa (Goncalves) Lopes and was a lifelong Milford resident. He was a graduate of the Milford High School class of 1951. He attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in management. He was a member of the US Army Reserves Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and was designated as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned a 2d LT. in the Army Reserve.

Dr. Lopes embarked on two simultaneous professional careers. He continued his professional education and received a Master’s Education from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Boston College. He was Director of Human resources at Framingham State College for 30 years. His citizen Soldier career resulted in a variety of command and staff positions for over 36 years, having completed several military school programs and courses including graduating from the Army’s command and General Staff College. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in the grade of Colonel. Colonel Lopes was recalled to active duty for one year during operation Desert Storm, and served as a Military Family Assistance Coordinator for all of the service member and families in Massachusetts.

In 2000, Dr. Lopes was appointed as a civilian assistant to the Chief, US Army Reserve in Washington. He served as an US Army Reserve Ambassador for Massachusetts where he did public speaking to civic groups, community leaders, and schools telling the Army Reserves stories. Dr. Lopes served his community over the years as a Milford Public library trustee for twelve years, St. Mary’s parish council member, a director of Community Counseling Center of Milford, a member of the friends of the Geriatric Authority of Milford. He was also a Mayor and historian of the Mayor’s of Prospect Heights Association            

The funeral will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 9 A.M. from the Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water St. Milford MA. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 A.M. at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Winter St. The burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery on Cedar St.

Calling hours will be held Monday from 4 to 7 P.M.

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My deepest sympathy to all the Lopes family .He was one of the nicest people I have met. R.I.P. John Sheridan
John Sheridan

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends. May he RIP.
Cat Waryck

Once again, my condolences to David and all the Lopes family. Dr. Lopes was Human Resources Officer during both my vice-presidency and presidency of Framingham State University. He helped me with numerous personnel issues, and joined me faithfully for all interviews with personnel with particular issues or problems. I was always glad to welcome him to these meetings, and he always came armed with what became his well-known yellow legal pad, on which he recorded meticulously all the events and conversations of these meetings. I depended on his good advice and also, over the years, upon his faithful friendship. Rest in peace, dear Joe. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University
Dr Helen Heineman, President Emerita, FSU

Condolences entire family with I love you Rosa family Connecticut
Fernando G Rosa

Our deepest sympathy to all the Lopes family .He was a great human being .May he R.I.P.
Paulo and Carmelina Vaz

Sending condolences from our family to yours. Joe led a very complete, caring, and service-filled life. It was a pleasure to have him in our family, and he was a wonderful husband to my cousin Ann. We will remember him fondly.
Barbara (Belforti) Maguire

Dr. Lopes was one of the most authentic and passionate persons we were privileged and grateful to know. Among his many other ventures to promote good in this world, he was a trailblazer in education and showed sincere care for and belief in his students by opening their eyes to opportunities, inspiring them to keep learning, give back to their community and be the best they can be in this world. It is so sad to hear of his passing. My heart goes out to the family for the loss, but know that he will always be remembered in many people’s hearts.
Maria David

Mr. Lopes was a great man. He helped many at Framingham State, including me. He was our mentor, and incredibly supportive in every facet of college life. I have many great memories of gatherings in his office where we celebrated various events. Rest in peace my friend.
Dennis D Alves

Our deepest condolences to the Lopes family. Joe Lopes has been a pillar of the Milford community. He served and loved his family, friends, and country at an extraordinary level. Peace and Love,
The Oneschuk Family

Joe was one of the most personable, dynamic people I have known. He had an energy and capacity to lead that inspired others to work with him. He was a credit to his family, his community and his country. And, needless to say, his was a life well lived. My wife Barbara and I send our deepest condolences to his family. He was our friend.
Louis Bertonazzi

The Lopes family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏
Steven Matos

So very sorry for your loss . Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. What a wonderful man ❣️ He helped my family so much when we came to this country in 1959 as he did so many . May you R.I. P. Joe 💔🙏 Maria Batista Calzolaio
Maria calzolaio

Dear Eleanor, and Jessica and family, Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your brother and uncle. May he rest in peace and May his family find comfort in all of your wonderful memories. Sincerely, Louise and Jim Stoddard
Louise Stiddard

Our heartfelt condolences to the Lopes Family. Mr. Lopes was an extraordinary person and my family and I were very blessed to have him for a friend. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Lopes, you will be missed. 🙏🙏
Maurício Morais

Our heartfelt condolences to the Lopes Family. Mr. Lopes was an extraordinary person and my family and I were very blessed to have him for a friend. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Lopes, you will be missed. 🙏🙏
Maurício Morais

Mr Lopes was one of my teachers at Milford High School. He was well liked by the students and staff never have I heard a bad word said about him. Later on in life a was blessed to know him as a friend. Rest in peace my friend you've earned it ❤️
Paula Malnati

Our condolences to the family .. may he rest in the sweetest of peace .. 🙏😇🙏
The Demoura Family

Our condolences to the family .. may he rest in the sweetest of peace .. 🙏😇🙏
The Demoura Family

Our deepest condolences to the Lopes family. This man was a mentor and inspiration to me, my family and everyone else in this community and will be greatly missed. May you rest in peace Mr. Lopes. Jmm
Jose M Morais

Caleb & Mia I am very sorry for your loss, My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Natalie (Vaz) Lopes

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