portrait picture for Colonel Alfred A. Coppola, Jr.

Wake:

Monday, December 16, 2019, from 4-8 pm at Collins Funeral Home.

Mass:

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Rd, Norwalk.

Interment:

West Point at a later date.

Contributions:

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Jimmy Fund.

Colonel Alfred A. Coppola, Jr.


December 6, 1958 ~ December 9, 2019

COL (Ret.) Alfred A. Coppola, Jr., passed away at home on Monday, December 9th, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  

Fred leaves behind by his wife of 37 years, Laura M. (Errico) Coppola, also of Norwalk. They were high school sweethearts and married in 1982. 

He is survived by his sons Vincent Coppola (Cristina), Dominic Coppola, and his grandchildren Alexander, Grayson, Elias and Annalise. He is additionally survived by sisters Ruth (Ira) Miner, Cynthia (Robert) O’Brien and Audrey Coppola, sister-in-law Kathleen (William) Granata, many family members and a multitude of friends.

Fred was born on 6 Dec, 1958 in Galveston, TX, to the late Alfred A. and Christine (Ringer) Coppola, Sr. He first moved to Stamford, CT and then to Norwalk, where he played youth football, and Babe Ruth baseball. He attended St. Luke’s, in New Canaan, where he played football and baseball, graduating in 1977. He then entered the USMA at West Point, NY. While there, he was a standout on the Lightweight Football Team. As their captain in 1980, they became the EILFL champions, with an undefeated season. 

Fred graduated in 1981 and received his commission into the U.S. Army, in the Field Artillery. He was assigned to multiple locations in the U.S. and Europe during his 26 year career, and received many awards and decorations. After his military retirement in 2007, Fred joined the Dept. of the Army as a civilian and retired in 2019.

Fred loved to fish, hunt, and play golf. He was passionate about coaching youth football, baseball and lacrosse, teaching life lessons in addition to skills. His family always came first and the highlight of his life was the birth of his grandchildren. 

Fred dedicated 42 years to the service of this country and the soldiers who defend it. He was a mentor, a leader, a loyal friend, a competitor, a voice of reason and a generous man. 

Visiting Hours will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019, from 4-8 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue in Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Rd, Norwalk. Burial will be at West Point at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Jimmy Fund.

  1. To the Coppola Family and those who were friends with Fred, we can’t imagine the world without Fred, his beautiful smile, his special character, and his love for his family friends and country. He made everyone so proud of him and what he did for his family and country. Fred may you finally be free of all trauma and pain and rejoice in heaven for eternity. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Love Chuck & JoAnn

    December 12, 2019
    Chuck & JoAnn Coppola -
  • Such a terrible thing when a life is cut short. My only consolation is I know you are smiling on us all with that infectious smile enjoying the embrace of your parents. We are all better people for having known you and being a part of the family. God Speed my friend and cousin.

    December 12, 2019
    John Ringer Jr. -
  • Such a terrible thing when a life is cut short. My only consolation is I know you are smiling on us all with that infectious smile enjoying the embrace of your parents. We are all better people for having known you and being a part of the family. God Speed my friend and cousin.

    John Ringer Jr and family

    December 12, 2019
    John Ringer Jr. -
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    December 13, 2019
    Lou Ringer -
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    December 13, 2019
    Lou Ringer -
  • Dear Laura, Vince, Dom, and the Coppola Family:
    We are blessed to call your family our friends!! Of all the things cancer can take from us, it cannot touch the love we have for our loved one nor our incredible memories; and we ALL know, if you knew Fred, you have incredible memories!!! Our emotions are bittersweet. Our hearts are grieving for the loss we are experiencing, but as people of faith, we are joyous that Fred has begun experiencing eternity!! God Bless you Laura and family and please know although we cannot be there with you, you all are being lifted up in prayer!!

    December 13, 2019
    Curtis & Anne WIlliams -
  • Laura, it is sad to lose Freddie. The few brief visits with him when y’all visited Liz and Louis Ringers revealed a great guy and a joy to be around. Praying for strength and comfort for all his family and friends.
    Bruce and Teri (Ringer) Bradley
    Santa Fe, Texas

    December 14, 2019
    Bruce and Teri Bradley -
  • Laura:
    Fred was a wonderful man who led an exceptional life, much of it in much needed service to our country.
    We feel blessed for having known him, and know that he will be sorely missed by many.
    We hope that the many happy memories of all the good times spent with him will give you comfort and solace.
    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers,.

    Love, Sarah and Freddy

    December 15, 2019
    Sarah Gorman -
  • Dear Laura, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Mary Kirchoff

    December 17, 2019
    Mary Kirchoff -
  • Laura, His love for you and for his country will always be remembered. Thankful for his service on our behalf to ensure our freedom. Carol A. Johnson.

    December 17, 2019
    Carol Johnson -
  • Dear Laura, and family. Sending sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the memories of pleasant times shared stay in your hearts always. I thank Fred, and all of you, for his service to our country.

    December 17, 2019
    Judy Veltidi -
  • Dear Laura, My sincere condolences to you and your family .
    Martha Kirkcaldy, WVQG

    December 17, 2019
    Martha Kirkcaldy -
  • Laura, my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Anne Sigler

    December 18, 2019
    Anne Sigler -
  • Dear Laura, I prayed extra hard today for comfort to you, your boys and my cousins, while you said goodbye to our cousin Fred. I know this will be a tough holiday season. I pray God wraps his arms around you and gives you comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    December 18, 2019
    Lou Ann O’Roark -
  • Laura, So very sorry for the lost of your dear husband. My sympathies are with you and your family. – debby siccardi

    December 18, 2019
    Debby SICCARDI -
  • Laura and family, reading about your husband and father certainly gives me an idea about the enormity of your loss. I hope you find strength in each other and in the love you shared with him.

    December 18, 2019
    Ellen Van Howling, WVQG -
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