Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial ParkBoston Globe Online / Obituaries / Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial Park
...Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial Park
held the Ward 8 alderman's seat for two previous terms.He also served on the board of aldermen from 1970 to 1975.
was reelected to the board in 1998, he
son Richard on the board, as the first father and son aldermen in the city's history.He was the chief executive of Sharon Memorial Park, the state's largest Jewish cemetery; and Knollwood Cemetery in Canton.He was co-founder of A&M realty in Boston and the former president of The Property Research Group. He
was a former president of the Jewish National Fund
and a member of the board of managers of Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, where his
wife, the former Emily Gopen, is senior rabbi.
The couple met as teenagers at a friend's party in Brookline. Born in Boston, Mr. Lipof graduated from Boston University in 1961.
As an alderman, Mr. Lipof
fought for affordable housing, wheelchair ramps on street corners, and the introduction of drug education programs in schools.
A man of strong convictions with an equally developed sense of humor, Mr. Lipof
was quoted in a story published in the Globe on Oct. 25 recalling the reception he
received in 1970 to a speech to the Republican State Committee
in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.The audience disagreed demonstratively, pelting him with frankfurters.
The protest left an indelible mark: ''Have you ever been hit by a hot dog?'' he
said. ''It's awful!The mustard splatters!''
A short time later he
party affiliation to Democrat.
Rabbi Lipof yesterday said her
husband was always wise enough to appreciate his
lot, from the number of votes he
garnered in an election to the sheer pleasure of his
had was enough for him,'' said his
wife of 40 years.
But after learning six weeks before the election in which he
was running unopposed that his
battle against cancer was not winnable, Lipof
said in a Globe interview that he
had not had enough. ''I should be so satisfied with every=thing I've had in my life; all I want is more.I have been so blessed.''
wife and son Richard, he
leaves a daughter, Cheryl Lappin of Newton; sons Ron of Sherborn, Mark of Chestnut Hill, and Philip of Newton; two sisters, Marion Gould of Cape Cod and Frances Hurwitz of Florida; two brothers, Robert and Bert, both of Florida; and six grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline.