By Bill Cleary
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”.
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.