The Reverend John Lopes

The Reverend John B. Lopes, who had served as pastor at Mashpee Baptist Church for many years, died September 2. Mr. Lopes, 87, had lived in East Falmouth as well as Mashpee.

He was the husband of Vivienne E. Lopes. They had been married a few weeks short of 64 years at the time of his wife's death in November 2019.

The son of Dennis and Rosa Francis Lopes, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Lopes served as a pastor for 37 years as well as a chaplain for neighboring hospitals.

He attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, graduating with the Class of 1982. After their time in Colorado, he and his wife returned to Mashpee to be closer to family.

At Mashpee Baptist Church, along with the support of his congregation, Mr. Lopes hosted the Mashpee Baptist Annual Church Without Walls Service.

As a part of the Upper Cape Chaplaincy formed in 1998, a nonprofit group with the mission to serve the spiritual needs of the health care communities of Upper Cape Cod, he ran an all-volunteer Sunday service at the Center for Optimum Care's Mashpee facility during the 2000s.

Among many other occasions of note, Mr. Lopes was a participant in the ecumenical service on Veterans Day in 2001 when the Mashpee 2000 Committee formally dedicated Mashpee Community Park and its veterans garden to the town.

He was an avid reader, loved the ocean and enjoyed cooking.

He leaves four children, Monica A. Reece of Florida, Sheila R. Allen of Wakefield, Rhode Island, John Dennis Lopes of Mashpee and Matthew J. Lopes, also of Mashpee; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other extended family members.

Mr. Lopes was predeceased by six siblings.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 10, from 11 AM to noon, followed by a brief service, at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.

Private burial will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

A celebration of his life will be at a later date.

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