SUTTON- Jozsef Lore, 80, died Monday, Jan. 31st in his home in the loving arms of his family after an extensive illness.
He leaves his wife, Rebecca M. (MacIver) Lore; six children, Jozsef Lore and his wife Carolyn of California; Elizabeth Lore of the United Kingdom; Franz Lore and his wife Nathalie of Pennsylvania; Honorable Jennifer Callahan and her husband Michael of Sutton; Attila Lore; Rebecca Snyder and her husband Jay of Sutton; two sisters Erzsebet and Margit of Hungary; and four grandchildren Alexandre, Jozsef, Sarah and Rachel.
Jozsef was born in the village of Verseg, Hungary on January 18, 1931.
He left native homeland during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He was very proud to be a US Citizen of Hungarian descent. Prior to coming to this country, he was a Veteran of the Hungarian National Army. Ironically, he was a descendent of Colonel-Commander Mihaly Kovacs, the Revolutionary War hero and founder of the US Calvary. In Verseg, he worked the land of his family's large farm. He also was a local truck driver and worked in construction at the local basalt mine.
Sponsored by the Catholic Church, he arrived at Camp Kilmer in New Jersey before traveling to Massachusetts to begin working at Worcester State Hospital. As a Mental Health Assistant for 34 years, he was truly a dedicated public servant of the Commonwealth and member of AFSCME caring for the mentally ill and disabled. In America, he continued his love of farming as the owner of Lore Orchards in Sutton where he settled with Rebecca to raise their six children.
He was a very bright, self taught man on many fronts. He quickly mastered the English language, excelled in correspondence courses, became licensed in operating heavy hydraulic construction equipment and was licensed and certified in Agricultural Pesticide Management. Many referred to him as "Big Joe" for his sheer physical strength and hard work ethic. As an athlete, he played soccer for the Worcester Scandinavian Athletic Club, was an endurance swimmer and an avid walker. He also was an incredible dancer and could effortlessly cross a floor in a waltz, czardas or polka.
Joe considered himself a simple, yet practical man who enjoyed working with his hands, fixing things and solving mechanical problems both big and small. Although pragmatic, he was also deeply philosophical about life, nature, mankind and the universe. He was not afraid to speak his mind, question authority, voice his political views and stick up for the little guy. Somehow he never lost his strong accent and brandished his own sense of Hungarian humor driving his doctors crazy with his unique wit. He loved hot peppers, good bread, classical music, a daily glass of red wine, his Pugs, but most of all he loved spending quiet, quality time simply surrounded by his family in the home he built with his own two hands.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Joe to the MSPCA at
www.mspca.org or to the Massachusetts Audubon at
His funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 5th from Mulhane Home for Funerals, 45 Main St. in Millbury with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Marks Church, 356 Boston Rd., Sutton. Burial will be in Pigeon Hill Cemetery in Sutton. Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4th in the funeral home. Condolence book and directions are available at: www.mulhane.com.
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