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Jim Coppola, a Great Guy who Enjoyed Life to the Fullest

By Bill Cleary

6a00d8341bf7d953ef00e54f1e91f68834-500wi  Vincent James Coppola Jr., of Franklin Township, passed away suddenly on Sunday May 24. Jim, as he was known by his friends, was born and raised in Gloucester City. He was 66.

PHOTO: Jim with a flounder  he caught while fishing with his friend Bob Bevan

Those of us who knew Jim will remember him for his smile and quick wit. He had a dry sense of humor and he loved to laugh. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was one of the original members of the defunct Gloucester City Rod and Gun Club. Jim is an original member of the Gloucester City Breakfast Club.

He retired from the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 19 in 2003 with 22 years of service. Jim was an avid boater and also loved fishing and hunting.

In the 60’s Jim served in the New Jersey National Guard, 150th Armored Division, 114 Infantry, Pitman barracks. The National Guard was activated in 1967 to quell the racial riots in Newark NJ. Jim was one of the thousands of soldiers who participated in that four day war, also known to those of us who served in the Guard as the “Battle of Newark”.

He is survived by his wife Rosemarie T. (nee Carbone). Loving father of Vincent J. III and Anthony V. Coppola and grandfather of Cody N. Coppola. Devoted brother of Judy Hampton (Randall), brother-in-law of Theresa Carbone (Kevin) and dear uncle of Kimberly, Lesley, Brian, Andrea, Jessica and Laura. Jim was born and raised in Gloucester City.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and again Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the CRERAN FUNERAL HOME 400 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM at St. Aloysius Church, 37 W. Haddon Ave., Oaklyn, NJ. Interment to follow New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr.


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