Ernest “Ernie” Joseph Lepore, age 74, of Uncasville, CT and former longtime Wilton and Norwalk resident, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 8.
He was the loving husband of Geraldine “Geri” Lepore. Born in Norwalk on February 22, 1938, Ernie was the son of the late Michael and Carmella Cardillo Lepore.
He began his career in law enforcement as an auxiliary State Police officer and was an original member of Statewide Narcotics. He then went on to work for 19 years in the Wilton Police Department, retiring in 1986. Ernie was the first Youth Officer in the Town of Wilton and was highly regarded and respected for his work.
After his retirement he went to work with his brother as manager of Luke’s Auto Body in Norwalk. Ernie served his country during the late 1950’s as an Aviation Flight Mechanic in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed fishing, rooting for the Yankees, camping and playing with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Geri, Ernie is survived by his son, Marc Lepore and his wife Melissa of Trumbull, his daughter Michele Giorgianni and her husband Phily of Easton, his brother Michael “Luke” Lepore and his wife Angela of Norwalk, his step-daughters Kimberly and Donna, 9 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his former wife and mother of his children, Janet Babbit Lepore Woolner of Bridgewater, NH.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 12, 10 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., Norwalk. Ernie’s family will receive friends from 4-8 PM on Wednesday at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, 901 E St., NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC, 20004-2025 (www.nleomf.com). For directions or to sign an online guest book, please go to magnerfuneralhome.com