Timothy “Leppy” R. Lepisto, 75, a lifelong resident of Keene, passed away peacefully with the love of family by his side on Sunday, September 17, 2023, while at Applewood Rehabilitation Center in Winchester.
He was born a son to the late Charlotte V. (Payne) and Robert Lepisto on December 14, 1947 in Keene. After the death of his father, his stepfather Wesley Blanchard played a huge role in his life. Tim was educated locally at Keene High School Class of 1965. After high school, Tim attended New England College and Franklin Pierce for Engineering
Tim worked for Verizon as a special service technician for 38 years until he retired in 2008. Prior to Verizon, Tim worked for Payne Construction in Keene for 1 and a half years as a parts manager. After retirement, Tim chose to slow down by obtaining 7 different jobs; FedEX, Umpire in Chief and Umpire for Keene Men’s and Women’s Softball, sports memorabilia reseller, and volunteer work for American Red Cross, Monadnock Family Services and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
On November 11, 1967, Timothy exchanged vows with his wife, Patricia Gail West. They had a simple service at the Congregational Church in Keene.
Tim was a softball pitcher in the Keene, Lowell, and Worcester MA leagues from 1978-2001. He competed in the Major Modified National Tournament from 1979-1996. He played for Tighe Club, the National championship team in 1985 and 2nd place champion in 1986, which would earn him the title of First Team All-America Pitcher. He was an Umpire in Chief for the men’s and women’s softball leagues and an Umpire from 1974-2015. He was honored on the Keene Softball “Ball of Fame” in 2015. Tim was also a candlepin bowler, leading the league at Zinn’s lanes many times with the highest average. He had several 400 series games. When Zinn’s closed he moved to Yankee Lanes. He bowled a Dutch treat string in the first week in the league.
Despite all Tim’s personal accomplishments, the things he cherished the most were his friends and family. He had a large circle of friends over the years who became like brothers to him. Although some of them passed away over the years, his friends became an important part of his support network as he became ill. He spent as much time with his family as possible, enjoying vacations and an annual trip to Boothbay Harbor Maine. He loved his daughters, but the role of “Bumpa” made him happy beyond measure. It was a role he was made for as a man who loved to have water gun fights and play as if he were a child himself.
Tim is survived by his wife, Patricia Lepisto of Keene, and their two children, Darcey Adams and husband, David of Upper Marlboro, MD., and Casey Lepisto of Haverhill, MA. his siblings, Thomas “Tommy” Lepisto and wife, Lois of Lebanon, ME. and Jay Blanchard and wife, Lisa of Keene. Tim is also survived by his 4 grandchildren Grae Adams, Hayden Adams, Griffin Caruso, and Riley Caruso, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Tim is predeceased by his parents and stepfather.
Calling hours will be Monday, September 25, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. A funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. A private burial will be at the Monadnock View Cemetery. There will be a reception at Tempesta’s Restaurant, 401 Winchester St. Keene, NH. 03431 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donation envelopes will be available at calling hours and at the funeral or upon request to the family. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, Keene. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.