Paul William Lappetito


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Naples, FL - Paul W. Lappetito of Naples, Fla., Port Ludlow, Wash. and Gloucester, Mass. passed away on January 8, 2019, surrounded by his family and their love. Paul lived a wonderful life including great love, a deep passion for golf, significant professional success and a great sense of humor.
Paul was born in Rochester, N.Y. and graduated from the University of Toronto. Following graduation, he proudly served this great country as a Marine, attending Officers Candidate School at Quantico, Va. and achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. While at an Officer’s dinner, Paul met the love of his life, Nancy Ketner, whose angelic grace captured his heart. They married after seven months of courtship and created a beautiful family of three daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Paul’s professional success during his thirty-three-year career at NCR was very impactful for himself and the Company. He began his career with the Company as an accounting machine salesman and rose to serve as Vice President of Latin America, Chairman and CEO of NCR Canada, and SVP United States Data Group. In these posts he oversaw the launch of NCR’s first computer, turned NCR Canada profitable, negotiated a hostage rescue in Latin America and fought corruption in Brazil. Through his career, he created a reputation for great intelligence, impeccable integrity, high quality execution, skilled negotiation and success. “Through the years you have repeatedly shown the dedication to duty that is one of the hallmarks of true leadership”, C.E. Exley, Jr., Chairman and CEO of NCR Corporation.
At the age of 58, Paul retired from NCR to spend more time on his three passions; family, golfing and fishing. He played golf 3-4 days a week with his friends and family and spent the summers fishing at their house on Puget Sound. However, Paul’s ambition still flourished during retirement. He became the President of Quail Creek CC and served on several Boards of Directors. He was also an active investor throughout retirement and managed most of his own investments until his passing…and beat the market most of those years. His only regret about retirement was not doing it sooner!
In 1999, Paul lost his wife Nancy too early from a battle with cancer. Following this pain, a new blessing entered Paul’s life and her name is Joyce Kaloust. A long-time friend and golfing partner of Paul and Nancy, Joyce became his new love and life companion. They were avid golfers, travel companions, great friends and Joyce kept Paul young.
Paul was a devout Catholic from an early age under his mother’s tutelage. His sister is a member of the Religious Order of Catholic Nuns, A Sister of Mercy. A highlight of Paul’s life was participating in a private Mass receiving communion from Pope John Paul II followed by an opportunity to visit with him.
To honor his Catholic faith, a Mass will be celebrated at St. Agnus Catholic Church on Monday, January 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Agnus or Avow Hospice.
As Paul joins Nancy, he is survived by his five children (Janey, Sean, Todd, Heidi and Polly), his eight grandchildren (Nathan, Emily, Rachel, Tyler, Ryan, Carson, Nancy and Ketner), four great-grandchildren (Otis, Carson, Gia and Willow), his sister (Joanne) and loving companion, Joyce.
Published on January 12, 2019
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