Carmen C. Coppola, 92, of Beverly Hills, Fla., died on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. He was born on Saturday, Jan. 1, 1921, grew up in Queens, N.Y., son of Charles and Lucy Marie(Maffetone) Coppola and cherished older brother to Catherine and Charlie. He lived there with his loving wife of 65 years, Josephine, until their move to Beverly Hills, Fla., in 1985. He loved living there, making lifelong friends with his many wonderful and caring neighbors.
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Carmen was proud to serve aboard the USS Tuscaloosa during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns for which he received many honors.
He is survived by his sister Catherine Ryan of Richmond Hill, N.Y.; sister-in-laws, Esther Coppola of Copaigue, N.Y., and Ruth Keating of Farmingdale, N.Y.; six nieces and nephews; and great uncle to nine.
Carmen's ability to find joy in each day and unending love for his family and friends is his legacy. His word was his bond. Now reunited with his beloved wife, Jo, he will be deeply missed and remembered with love always.
Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Fero Funeral Home with Military Honors and interment to follow at Fero Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements entrusted to Fero Funeral Home, www.ferofuneralhome.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 19, 2013