Arthur Robert Lepage, 75
Honolulu, HI - Arthur Robert Lepage, 75, of Honolulu, died April 12, 2021, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Known as "Bob" or "Bobby" to family and childhood friends and "Art" in his adulthood, Mr. Lepage was born in Whitinsville and raised in Linwood, the eldest son of the late Arthur G. & M. Gilberte (Royer) Lepage. He was a 1963 graduate of Northbridge High School.
Bob moved to Hawaii in 1972 to chase the perfect wave and returned to surfing a few years ago after a 25-year hiatus. He was a plumber for 44 years at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki, where he enjoyed entertaining guests in the weekly "Golden Oldies" employee show and taking care of the hotel's koi fish ponds, until his retirement in 2016.
He was a talented singer, specializing in 1960s hits, and did a perfect cover of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman." He also enjoyed fishing, tracking his stock portfolio, basketball and the Boston Celtics. He was a lifelong supporter of liberal causes and politics.
He is survived by his wife Joann Lepage of Honolulu; daughter and son-in-law Shawna & Ben Roth of West Orange, NJ; son and daughter-in-law Paxton Lepage and Tracey DeLong of Round Hill, VA; brothers and their wives Richard & Bonnie Lepage of Douglas, John & Sina Lepage of Middleboro, and Kenneth & Heidi Lepage, of Uxbridge; and grandchildren Warren, Laura, and Jill Roth and Xanth Lepage.
Bob's ashes will be scattered at sea so that he can continue to surf the waves into eternity. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center (an organization that Bob supported for over 30 years), 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.
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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2021.