NAPLES, Fla. – Joe Lupini, longtime owner of Loyal Termite & Pest Control, Richmond, Va., passed away on Nov. 8, at 87.
A Marine Corps veteran, Lupini attended the Al Summers Umpire School in Daytona Beach, Fla., and then became a minor league umpire as he had a lifelong affection for baseball. He then took a job as a commercial salesman with an ad agency traveling five days per week away from home. It was during this time that a co-worker introduced him to Peggy, who became his loving wife and soulmate.
After a year of marriage, Joe and Peggy were expecting their first child and decided he needed to find another job in the Richmond area that did not require as much time on the road. That is when he began his career in the pest management industry. He worked for several pest management companies and became involved in virtually every level and every aspect of the industry before owning his own pest management company – Loyal Termite & Pest Control.
Joe was an important figure in the Virginia pest management industry, serving as a mentor to many other professionals. He was appointed and served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Pesticide Advisory Board. He was a past member of the board of directors of the National Pest Management Association, past president and member of board of directors of the Virginia Pest Management Association. He served on the endowment committee for the Virginia Tech Urban Research Center
In 2006, Lupini recognized as a 2006 Crown Leadership Award winner for his contributions to the pest management industry.
Joe is survived by wife, Peggy; son and daughter-in-law, Nick Lupini and wife, Gena; daughter and son-in-law, Kim Williams and husband, Chris Williams.
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