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Artist, Weston Resident
Beverly Lopez, of Weston, CT, was born in Pelham, NY in 1922. He passed away May 9, 2014. Mr. Lopez was a renowned artist for his extraordinary talent for painting, sculpture and commercial art work. He received many awards for his art and especially sculptures.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lopez's artistic prowess emerged early under the tutelage of his mother Grace Lopez and artists James Earl Frazier and Berthold Nebele. He worked as a commercial artist for numerous companies throughout his career including Grinnel Lithographers, Scafa Tournabene, and the Danbury Mint, creating various commercial pieces from greeting cards to paintings, plates and statuettes.
In 1952, E Roland Harriman commissioned Mr. Lopez to sculpt pieces for the Hall of Fame of the Trotter Museum in Goshen, NY. The relationship between Mr. Lopez and the hall of fame continued for the next sixty two years with over 60 horses, drivers, and owners' sculptures now on display. Mr. Lopez received the Pinnacle Award from the Hall of Fame in acknowledgment of his lifelong contribution to horses.
He was the son of renowned artist/sculptress Grace Farrington Watt Lopez and Preferred Havana Cigar Manufacturer Manuel Lopez. His grandfather, Thomas Lister Watt, was a famous horseman and breeder in New York City and his great grandfather was Archibald Watt, legendary mid-19th century NYC real estate mogul, Shetland pony importer and patriarch of the Watt/Pinkney family. His aunt, Annie Watt Keator, deceased, was a long-time Weston benefactor and resident.
Mr. Lopez is predeceased by his brother Bruce M. Lopez and his sister Grace Watt Lopez Lawrence.
He leaves behind six nieces and nephews including Sandra Lopez Salerno of Easton, CT, Laurie Lopez of Harwinton, CT, Lloyd H Lawrence of Edgecomb, ME, Marguerite L. Lawrence of San Francisco, CA, Grace Watt Lawrence Harding of Irving, TX and Margo Lawrence Labau of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Sandra M. Lopez of Easton, CT; sixteen great nieces and nephews and forty great-great nieces and nephews.
Friends may greet the family on Monday, May 19, 2014 in Norwalk's Hoyt Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall Street from 4 pm to 7pm with the Reverend Shelly Timber officiating. Entombment will take place on Tuesday in Woodlawn Mausoleum in Bronx, NY, next to his mother Grace Watt Lopez. Please visit www.norwalkfh.com for more information.
Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory
5 E Wall St Norwalk, CT 06851
Published in The Hour on May 16, 2014