Elio H. Scherpa, 91: Lifelong machinist worked on spacecraft

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BRUNSWICK — Elio H. Scherpa, 91, of Bath Road, died surrounded by his family on Sept. 24 at Mid Coast Senior Health Center.

He was born in Agawam, Massachusetts, on May 30, 1923, the son of Augusto and Louisa Morini Scherpa. He attended local schools and went on to trade school in Springfield, Masscachusetts, to become a master machinist.

On Sept. 17, 1949, he married Mary A. Crimmins, who predeceased him in February 2004. 

Scherpa served his career as a machinist and foreman, working on airplanes and spacecraft at Hamilton Standard, part of United Aircraft. He retired in 1987 and moved to Maine in 1999. 

He loved gardening, cooking and bird watching. He also enjoyed television, especially cooking- and history-oriented channels. He also was an avid news fan, reading daily newspapers and magazines – making him always an interesting conversationalist. 

Scherpa was a member of St. Anthony Church in Agawam and St. Charles Church in Brunswick. 

Surviving are his daughter, Sue Kelly, and husband, Bill, of West Bath. He is also survived by his four grandsons: Michael Kelly, of Topsham, Jamie Kelly, of Topsham, Johnny Kelly, of Bowdoinham, and Matty Kelly, of West Gardiner.  

A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday at Saint Charles Borromeo Church-All Saints Parish, in Brunswick. Burial, along with Scherpa’s wife Mary, will be held in St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery, in Agawam, on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. 

Memorial donations may be made to CHANS Hospice, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.