David R. Lepp

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 January 2021 at 10:29 pm

David R. Lepp, 76, passed away Jan. 14, 2021, at Strong Hospital, Rochester, with his son and granddaughter at his side. He was an inspiration to all, and faced life with incredible strength, courage, and optimism, and was loved by his family.

He was born April 7, 1944, in Niagara Falls NY to Roger D. and D. Joan (Taylor) Lepp. He graduated in 1962 from Medina High School where he competed in football, basketball, and track. He married Barbara Doran in 1967 and worked for GMAC his entire career.

A life-changing accident in 1982 in Lake Ontario left him paralyzed. Anyone facing life as a quadriplegic could have given up, but not “Papa.” David faced the challenge head-on, never letting his wheelchair be an excuse for volunteering. He coached his son’s baseball team, served as President of the Greece Community Federal Credit Union, and read books at the elementary school. In the spring, he could be found traveling to Wegmans a mile and a half down the road in his wheelchair.

He was a Buffalo Bills fan ever since the Bills were established, and held seasons tickets beginning in 1973, attending games for as long as he could. He loved his summers at Sacandaga, especially poker games with the guys, playing cribbage, and betting the Saratoga horse races. He loved family gatherings, singing around the player piano, and songs around the campfire. He never missed his children’s and grandchildren’s activities if he could attend.

In the end David had some medical challenges and succumbed to complications from COVID-19. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Traci Lepp Pratt. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Kevin Lepp, granddaughters: Kelsey Pratt, Taylor Lepp, and Kaitlyn Lepp all of
Rochester; grandson, Ryan Pratt and wife, Sypriss; son-in-law, David Pratt; sisters: Cynthia (Jack) Kiebala of Medina, Kathleen (Dennis) Lake of Clifton Park NY; sister-in-law, Beverly Doran (John) Pratt; brothers-in-law: Valentine and Robert Doran; nine nieces and nephews, two great-granddaughters: Hailey and Savina Pratt, and countless lifetime friends.

There will not be a showing in these times of COVID9. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later time.

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