February 1, 1932 - December 29, 2012
Resided in Fairfax, VA
February 1, 1932 – December 29, 2012
Anthony Louis Coppola was born in his home in Brooklyn, New York to the parents of Mary and Louis Coppola on February 1, 1932. He grew up in Brooklyn, along with his sister, Marie Louise.
He did the usual things as a kid – went to school, played stoop ball, threw rocks at cans, rode subways (not always the traditional way – many times on top of the train!), and he even swung a friend from a rope off his roof in the hopes that he could climb into his open row house window!
He joined the Navy after high school and served for 4 years. He then returned home and began working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an electrician. During this time, he also attended Brooklyn College to defeat his nemesis – Math. In 1969, when the Navy Yard was closing, he chose a transfer to Virginia, working as a logistics expert in Crystal City for Nav-Sea. After retirement from the government, he worked in a similar capacity as a consultant for Anadec.
It was in New York that he met his alter-ego, and the love of his life, Evelyn. They met when they were 13, and married when they were 20, enjoying a little more than 60 years together. Besides enjoying watching his wife light up a room, his other great loves were the Opera, fine dining, and their travels to the West Coast and Seattle. He spent countless hours at the 'old' Metropolitan, the Academy of Music, and later The Lincoln and Kennedy Centers listening to his favorite operas.
He did expand his musical tastes to rock – at least the rock played by his son Louis. He would never hesitate to tell a new acquaintance that if they wanted to hear a good guitar player, they should look up Louis Coppola on YouTube. He was also proud of the talents of his two grandsons, Thomas (trumpet) and Robert (Alto Sax).
Although not outwardly apparent, he had a soft spot for animals. He adored his cats, set up 'protection devices' for the family of doves that would annually roost under their front porch, and enjoyed the daily feedings of the visiting 'pets' – groundhogs, foxes and hawks!
He will be missed by his wife, Evelyn; his son, Louis Coppola; his daughter and son-in-law Lorraine and Mark Yeo, his grandsons Thomas and Robert Yeo; his sister, Marie White; his nieces Christine and Susan; nephew Henry, as well as many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Capital Caring Hospice of Virginia; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
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Fairfax, VA US 22032
Fairfax, VA US 22032