Louis Donald Papi, 86, of Sagamore Beach died of congestive heart failure at home on December 12.
The son of Tivio and Alba Papi, he was raised with his sister, Virginia, in Sagamore.
He was educated in the Bourne Public Schools, where he was popular for his love of playing the accordion and his sense of humor and style.
Mr. Papi began working at Sorenti Brothers as a teenager and remained with the company for four decades with the exception of time during his service with the US Coast Guard. Upon his return from military service, he was promoted to operations manager of Sorenti Brothers’ wholesale fuel and gasoline business. He retired in 2002 due to complications from Guillain-Barré syndrome.
During his years spent working on the road, Mr. Papi was known on the Cape and South Shore for the meticulous care of his uniform and his 18-wheelers, which extended to any vehicle he drove. His transportation colleagues called him Mr. Clean and King Louie.
In retirement he enjoyed fishing along the Cape Cod Canal or taking afternoon drives to the Railroad Bridge with his wife, Judith A. Papi, to sit at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and watch activity in the canal. The couple hosted many Super Bowl parties and bocce parties, complete with accordion entertainment and traditional Italian food.
Mr. Papi was a communicant of St. Theresa’s Church in Sagamore.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he leaves his four daughters, Susan Papi and her husband, Adam Kohler, JoAnne Papi-Franco and her husband, Jose Franco, Mary Papi-Hill, and Dena Papi; two grandchildren, Kyle Louis Renaut and Summer Rose Hill; and other family.
A celebration of his life is planned for spring or summer.