James Copella Sr.

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RIDGWAY - James C. Copella Sr., 87, of 325 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2014) at Pinecrest Manor.
He was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Kersey, the son of Edward C. and Bessie Mae Moyer Copella. He married his lifelong friend, Carol D. Keller; she survives.
Jim was a member of the Kersey United Methodist Church and lay speaker of the Brockport Charge until 1968. After that he was a member and lay speaker of the Ridgway Church of Christ. He was a talented musician, playing guitar, saxophone and trumpet and sharing his talent transposing music to be played by his children and young members of the churches. Jim worked at the Elliott Co. and retired from Airco Speer Carbon. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II, landing on Okinawa the day peace was declared. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather - a strong and steady rock for his family and will be sadly missed.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Jim Jr. and Delcine of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom and Linda of Ridgway, Pam and Craig Wriglesworth of Orlando, Fla., and Cindy and Dave Parsons of Ridgway; seven grandchildren, Beverly Emmert (Troy), Jimmy Copella, Sean Copella, Joshua Copella, Scarlett Cabanaw, Craig Wriglesworth II and Jason Wriglesworth; five stepgrandchildren, Shane, Joshua, Seth, Jen and Nick; five great-grandchildren, Ryan Caggiano, Jared and Brandon Emmert, Isaac Copella and Morgan Cabanaw; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; six brothers, Bill, Don, Alan, David, Bob and Ted Copella; a sister, Dolores (Doy) Stubbs; and a son-in-law, Jim Reilly.
Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, as well as one hour prior to the funeral serve at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Officiating will be the Rev. Roger A. Peterson, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Military honors will be accorded by the Ridgway Military Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be made to Dr. Michael Youssef, Leading the Way, P.O. Box 20100, Atlanta, GA 30325.
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Meehan Shilk Funeral Home Inc.
130 Center Street
Ridgway, PA 15853
(814) 772-1821
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Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2014
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