SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 2, 2013

Guido Liporto, 89


Beverly — Guido Liporto died peacefully in the early morning hours of March 31, Easter Sunday, at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. He was born in Beverly, October 4, 1923, the fourth child and third son of Donato and Anna (Molo) Liporto, and lived in Beverly his whole life.

He worked briefly at the United Shoe Machinery cafeteria until he was drafted into the Army, March 3, 1943. He was trained as a Medical/ Surgical Technician and was eventually attached to the 296th Combat Engineers Battalion. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day +14 and was one of the small percent of troops that went “from the Beach to Berlin.” He was Honorably Discharged in December 1945, having earned the Good Conduct and Victory Medals, as well as five battle stars, each representing one of the major battles of the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge.

Returning home, he obtained a loan through the GI Bill to purchase the Silver Anchor and successfully ran it with his brother, Ernesto Liporto, and many members of his family. They sold the Silver Anchor in 1953, and he spent the rest of his working life in the industrial construction business. He was a member of he Massachusetts Laborer’s Union and among the projects he worked on were the Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, St. Malachy’s Church in Burlington, the library at Brandeis University in Waltham, and the Essex St. pedestrian mall in Salem. Other projects he helped to build include One Center Plaza, as part of the redevelopment of Boston’s West End and the Department of Mental Health Building in Government Center. In later years he worked for the DeIulus Brothers Construction Co. of Lynn and helped build several local projects, including St. Anne’s Church in Salem.

He was an accomplished accordionist and a member of Local 126 of the American Federation of Musicians. He played in small jazz combos in clubs all over the Northshore, as well as for countless weddings, house parties, and other social occasions.

He was an avid Red Sox fan and golfer and a member of the USGA and the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club. His greatest enjoyment was in teaching others how to improve their swing, and he spent as much time on the practice field as he did playing golf.

He was a lifetime member of the Patria e Lavoro Society, as well as a 30-year member of the Italian American War Veterans (Vittori-Rocci Post 56). Being very active in politics, he worked on the campaigns of several local politicians and was a member of the Republican City Committee.

He was married for 58 years to Evelyn (DiPaolo) Liporto, who predeceased him in 2004. He is survived by three children, Anna James Thomson and her husband, Pat, of Boise, ID; Charles Liporto and his wife, Betty, of Manchester, N.H.; and Daniel Liporto of Beverly. He also leaves his two granddaughters, Gina Liporto and Lia Liporto, both of Manchester, .NH., as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers, Ernesto and Gino Liporto and his sisters, Pauline Ryanski and Rita Tardiff, as well as his infant grandson, Gino Liporto.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, Thursday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Beverly. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Vittori-Rocci Post 56, 143 Brimbal Avenue, Beverly, MA, 01915. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com