With a very heavy heart, the family of Louis J. “Louie” DeMarco, 76, of Methuen, is sharing the news of his death. Louie passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 after an extremely brief illness.
The story of Louie began in Lawrence on September 19, 1942 when he was born as the treasured and only child of Albert and Helen (Laorenza) DeMarco.
He was a graduate of Methuen High School, where Louie was persuaded to end his band career and join the football team. In 1958, he helped his team go undefeated and bring home the state championship. Playing football was a highlight of his life and where his nickname “Lou Chips” came to fruition, along with his passion for all New England sports teams.
Louie was previously employed at Jo-Gal Shoe Company, Sweetheart Plastics, and most recently, at Merrimack Paper until his retirement in 2005. Being an avid conversationalist, Louie worked part-time during his retirement to continue to interact within the community. He was never shy to start a conversation and loved to make people laugh.
Louie is survived by his devoted and loving wife of forty-nine years, Nancy (Pittera) DeMarco of Methuen. His heart continued to fill with joy by the birth of his two daughters, Jennifer M. Marino of Auburn, NH and Elizabeth M. Sabino of Methuen. Louie took on the role of husband and father with gusto as a protector, provider, and unconditional support system for his family until his last breath.
He also leaves behind sons-in-law, Larry Marino and Esdras Sabino and three grandchildren who were undoubtedly the light of his life. He loved being a “Nonno” and always greeted his “Guys” Greyson and Kellan Marino and “Princess” Marley Sabino with open arms and a wide smile. He couldn’t wait to watch his grandchildren grow up and reveled in their presence.
Additionally, there are many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends who will undoubtedly miss him. His quick-wit, easy banter and sarcasm, belly laughs, generosity, and competitive spirit, especially during family board games and Jeopardy, will not be forgotten.
Louie will always be remembered as an Italian “tough guy” who was in actuality a giant teddy bear, often found teary at family events and milestone occasions. He was a simple man who loved jazz, Southern Comfort Manhattans, crossword puzzles, hot fudge sundaes, his iPad, putting his feet in the sand, and Sunday dinners with his family filled with dishes prepared by his favorite cook, his wife, Nancy.
Family and friends may call on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home located at 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. A funeral mass will be offered on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lucy Church, 254 Merrimack Street in Methuen. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, also in Methuen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA.