For nearly three decades Luciano “Charlie” Lopresto was the go to guy in East Boston if you were locked out of your house, needed a lock fixed or needed keys made to fit a lock.
Mr. Lopresto died on August 5.
Known locally as Charlie the Locksmith, Mr. Lopresto owned and operated the Charlie the Locksmith shop at 1138 Bennington St. in Orient Heights for 25 years.
Since 1989, the old-school locksmith shop was a favorite among Eastie residents and business owners and no job was too big or too small for Mr. Lopresto.
He could have special keys made to fit historic locks on some of the old doors of Eastie’s Victorian homes. Restoration contractors would use Mr. Lopresto skills to either make old fashion keys to fit the locks or to install new locks to fit historic doors.
Mr. Lopresto could also get you back in your home, as he did for countless residents over the years, if you lost a key or broke a key in your lock.
As one reviewer of Mr. Lopresto’s business and professionalism on line told a story of how he called almost every locksmith in his area to no avail to get new locks put on his business. He stumbled upon Charlie the Locksmith on Google and gave Mr. Lopresto a call.
“He told me that he’d be here within a half hour and he was,” said the review. “He was friendly and professional and got the job started immediately. Within a half hour we had a new lock and a set of keys. I was pleasantly surprised by the price which was very reasonable.”
A longtime resident of East Boston, Lopresto was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, past member of the Knights of Columbus 2962 and member of St Vincent De Paul Society of St Lazarus Parish.