HARRISBURG - Milton "Milt" Edmund Lopus, former state Secretary of Revenue (82), passed away on Monday (Feb. 3, 2014) after a long illness.
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Milt was born in Kane on Dec. 13, 1931, to Edmund and Audrey Deane Lopus. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Deane, daughter, Lisa, and granddaughter Beth.
Milt accomplished a great deal during his life. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1950-1953, was a justice of the peace in Smethport, and a councilman and president of Smethport Borough Council at the age of 26. He became the executive director of Redevelopment and Housing for the City of Bradford and city manager of Bradford, executive director of the Model Cities Program, and the executive director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Titusville. In 1968, he was named Man of Year by the Pennsylvania League of Cities.
In 1972, he presented his ideas for saving the state money to Gov. Milton Shapp. He was appointed by Gov. Shapp as a special consultant to the state and his ideas for depositing state funds promptly upon receipt and the development of the "wire transfer method," became common practice, producing more than $30 million in savings or earnings for the state, municipalities and school districts.
In 1976, Milt was appointed Secretary of Revenue for the Commonwealth. Milt eventually formed his own financial consulting company with clients throughout the state. He started the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust, the Harrisburg School District's Foundation and was appointed by Mayor Stephen Reed as a member of the Board of Control for the school district. He was instrumental in the development of the National Civil War Museum and efforts to reinvigorate Harrisburg.
Milt is survived by his wife, Carol (Paterson); daughters, Susan Keim (Ron), Vicki McCullough and Rachel Watson (Tom); and sons, Terry (Melinda Renfrette), Mark (Maryann Cole), Andy and Jeremy; 14 grandchildren, Tanya Kline, Eric Keim, Freya Cercone, Laura Ludwig, Caitlyn and Charles McCullough, Andrea King, Emily Lopus, Carly and Allison Ramer, Paige Lindenmuth, Noah and Peyton Hurrle and Michael Watson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A reception for family and friends to pay tribute to Milt will be held at the National Civil War Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, with internment at St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral.
Donations may be made to Homeland Center, 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburgh, PA 17102.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 4 to Feb. 13, 2014