Louis Anthony Lepry Sr., 89

East Greenwich, R.I.

Louis (Lou) Anthony Lepry, Sr., age 89, died at Brentwood Nursing Home in Warwick, R.I. on Oct. 9, 2018 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan (O’Connell) Lepry, and five children. Lou was born Jan. 1, 1929 in Apponaug, R.I., to parents Luigi (Lepore) Lepry and Anna (Mitchell) Lepry. Lou was a 1947 graduate of LaSalle Academy where he won the New England Track Championship for the mile run. This earned him a four-year track scholarship to Notre Dame University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1951. He served in the Korean War in the Army Division from 1951 to 1953. He earned his Masters of Science in Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1960 and had an illustrious career in education that spanned 35 years in the East Greenwich community, first as a teacher, then as a public school administrator, touching the lives of innumerable children.

Lou was past president of the R.I. Secondary School Principals Association, Chairman of the State Junior High Athletic Committee, a Grand Knight in the Saint Joseph’s Council of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of Rhode Island Ski Runners (RISKI). He was a long time volunteer for the American Cancer Society and LaSalle Academy’s Jack Cronin Memorial Fund. He was inducted to the Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. His avocations included sailing, skiing, golfing and photography, and he was “Capt. Lou” of the sailing vessel Tiki for many years. Capt. Lou was an exceptional sailor – he was once applauded by a dockside crowd in Old Harbor, Block Island, for deftly sailing there, engineless, in a gale – an amazing cook whose specialty was seafood found in Narragansett Bay, and an all-around raconteur who made people smile just by being in his presence.

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