James Robert "Grandpa Jim" Kupcho (1940 - 2016)

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Kupcho, James Robert "Grandpa Jim" (7/4/1940-12/28/2016). Born in Freeland, PA to John and Anna (Yalch) Kupcho, Jim grew up mostly in Linden, NJ where he played basketball and coached Linden Police Athletic League basketball and baseball teams. He was a volunteer firefighter for 10+ years with the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company in Piscataway, NJ. He was a journeyman wireman with IBEW Local 102 out of Elizabeth, NJ, and traveled extensively around the country with his trade. Over his lifetime he developed many interests, including counted cross-stitch, rock climbing, running marathons (as well as the Empire State Building climb), tagging monarch butterflies, gardening, geocaching and federal tax reform. He moved to Homosassa, FL in 2008. Since then, he has been active with local and state politics as a member of the Tea Party. He was a longtime volunteer in the Youth Services department at the Coastal Region Library and he served as a volunteer with the Citrus County Fire Services Fire Prevention Program, bringing the Fire Safety House to many schools and events. Last year the Citrus County Chronicle published his series of 20 articles on the history of Citrus County Fire Services.
Jim is survived by his brother Steve (Linda Mary) Kupcho of Milwaukee, WI and sisters Dorothy (Jim) Kosmowski of Colorado Springs, CO and Eleanor Ternyik of Edison, NJ; 2 daughters, Gayle (Patrick) Ryan of Halethorpe, MD and Meredith Kupcho of Homosassa; 2 grandchildren, Katherine and David Kupcho of Homosassa; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family. He will be remembered as an enthusiastic jokester who loved to tease his friends, strangers, and especially restaurant servers. He will be particularly missed by many families who attended children's programs at the library in Crystal River.
At his request, there will be no memorial service. Donations may be made to the Citrus County Library System (specify that funds should be used in his memory for Coastal Region Library Youth Services). To honor his lifelong commitment to fire safety, please bring goodies to your local fire station and change the batteries in your smoke detector.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 31, 2016
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