Enico E. Luperini, 1913-2009 — Born near Pisa, Italy, Enico “Lupe” Luperini came to the US at the age of six. Settling in McCloud, California, he began a 45-year career in the lumber industry in 1929.
By the mid 1950s, he had risen to the position of foreman in the shipping department of the McCloud River Lumber Company, and subsequently retired from International Paper Corporation.
In the mid 1930s, his self-taught talent on the drums led him to join the Hottentots Orchestra which entertained local dance audiences into the early ’60s.
He wed the love of his life, Margaret “Mimi” Gubetta in 1939, with whom he celebrated 70 years of marriage in April 2009.
For 68 years, Lupe and Mimi resided at their home on Old McCloud Road. After raising their son, Darrell, they became elder friends and mentors to several generations of families living next door.
A warm and friendly man, Lupe, was known for his ingenuity and know-how — building, remodeling and maintaining the family’s properties.
Lupe succumbed to the complications of age on September 19, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Mimi; son, Darrell and daughter-in-law, Chantal; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grand-children; as well as exceptional friends, Josephine Baldini and Dr. Joan Roemer.
Internment will be preceded by a celebration of his life at the Mt. Shasta Memorial Park at 2 p.m. Friday the 25th of September.
The family requests any acknowledgments be in the form of contributions to your favorite charity.