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Thursday, December 06, 2018

LOU LESPERANCE HAS PASSED AWAY



Long time Miami Lawyer and Justice Building practitioner Louis Lesperance passed away on December 5th, 2018. 

With Lou being an attorney since 1959, he had a lot of accomplishments at both a professional level and, more importantly, at a personal level. "Sweet Lou" was a wonderful person, a man’s man, a real stand up guy. I had the honor and privilege of sharing office space with him.

Lou took great pride in his service to the country as a United State’s Marine. Although he was in his 80’s, Lou never abandoned his joy of being in the Marines, such was part of the framework of practically everything he did (hence his email address combatlou@aol.com.).  

Lou loved the law and enjoyed going to work. He was the eternal optimist, always having positive things to say, a jovial smile on his face, telling ribald jokes and kibitzing in and around the court house.  Since Lou moved to Miami well before most of us were born, when this area was truly a frontier, and came up the ranks through the local schools and colleges, Lou knew everybody… I mean EVERYBODY. Whereas you may have known judges because you practiced before them, Lou went to school, played sports, broke bread and socialized with many of the old-time pillars of the South Florida legal community.  You may have litigated before them but Lou did shots with them!

Over the years, I watched Lou; he was an awesome father figure and a wonderful and compassionate husband.  I watched him care for his ailing wife and Lou did the amazing work of a team of doctors and nurses. He was pious, loving, humble, compassionate and as classy as could be. Similar to the recent passing of George H. W. Bush, Lou also recently lost his beloved wife of 60 years and suffered from, and may have passed away, as a result of that broken heart. 

Among his three children, Lou was the father of Lisa, also an attorney that regularly practiced in the building (she also ran for judge) as well as Bob, an attorney that has been gracing these halls for over thirty years. When you see Bob around, offer him condolences, he'll be glad to hear from you. 

Louis K. Lesperance’s funeral service will be held on December 15th, 2018 at 11:00 am at Stanfill Funeral Home located at 10545 South Dixie Hwy, Miami Fl 33156 (305) 667-2518 stanfill.com  



16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post. Great nice decent man with a terrific work ethic, great integrity, caring about others and a loving family man. We need more like Mr. L.

Rumpole said...

Well done Scott

Judge John Gale said...

We lost a wonderful man, a caring and effective attorney and a dear friend.Luigi, we will miss you especially that devilish smile. Judge John Gale Ret.

Judge John Gale said...

We lost a wonderful and Dear man, a caring and affective attorney and a great friend. I will miss him, his jokes, especially his devilish smile.

Judge John Gale said...

We lost a wonderful and dear man, a caring and affective attorney and a great friend. I will miss him, his jokes and especially his devilish smile.

Anonymous said...

So sad to hear of his passing. He was a true gentleman.

Anonymous said...

My heart is aching. He was a breathe of fresh air. Something about him always reminded me of Jimmy Stewart. He will be missed.

EVAN CRAWFORD said...

yes very well said i asked his son bob about him a week ago alwaysa gentleman a fine lawyer he will be greatly missed

Anonymous said...

I feel blessed that we have Judges like Martin Zilber to preside over cases. He is one of the best Judges that our system has ever had - plus he loves going to events and talks to everyone - even non Judges. Humility is the key to a good judge. Thank you Sir.

Anonymous said...

Is Judge Bill Altfield actually Judge Larry Schwartz??

Phil R said...

Lou was a bridge from an era when Miami was a small southern town with strawberry farms at what it now Dadeland, and Miami as a modern metropolis.
Lou always had a smile on his face, a joke at the ready, and a bounce in his step as he walked into the courthouse. He could not have been prouder of his two children, and you just knew how happy he was that they followed in his footsteps because he always had a big smile when he spoke about Bob and Lisa.

Anonymous said...


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Anonymous said...

My opinion?

Judge Martin Zilber is the next Chief Circuit Judge.

He has the votes and he has the power and the charisma. He will get this new courthouse built. He will be a Legal Legend.

Anonymous said...

Can Rumpole please stop retired judge cheddar from ruining the blog with stupid Zilber posts. Please just block him.

Anonymous said...

I knew Louie for about 35 years. Recently I've been upstairs at Scott Saul's office and Louie was downstairs. He was always so nice to everyone.

You should have seen how he was such a loving and kind husband. He really went out of his way to take good care of his wife of many years.

Mike Catalano

Anonymous said...

Rumpole can you post photographs with the obits, since many of the REG denizens including myself can remember a face more than a name, and many of our greatest have come and gone to bigger and sometimes better.