Anthony P. Coppa, engineer, pianist

Anthony P.Coppa
Anthony P.Coppa
Posted: October 17, 2012

Anthony Patrick Coppa, 85, of Merion, a mechanical engineer who also played piano and counseled troubled children at the Youth Study Center, died of natural causes Monday, Oct. 8, at his home.

Mr. Coppa spent more than 40 years as an engineer, specializing in structures. He worked for Westinghouse and General Electric in Valley Forge.

He was born in Philadelphia on March 22, 1927, the son of Nicola and Felicia Coppa, immigrants from Italy. Mr. Coppa, who grew up in South Philadelphia, attended public schools, graduating from Central High School.

He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Villanova College in 1949. He also studied engineering in the Navy's V-12 program, where he was commissioned as an ensign. Mr. Coppa later earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1952 he married Mary C. Cimorelli, whom he met at the Sacred Heart Club at St. Rita's parish in South Philadelphia. The couple had 10 children. Mrs. Coppa died in 2006.

The Coppas were longtime members of Our Lady of Lourdes church in Philadelphia's Overbrook section.

Mr. Coppa worked on hundreds of projects and was an inventor with 16 patents. He also served as a consultant on the renovation of Independence Hall and the Academy of Music. He retired in the 1990s.

He studied piano at the Settlement Music School. He also played chromatic harmonica, accompanied by his wife, who played the harp, and others.

He is survived by daughters Loretta Martorano, Clare, Mary Ann, Mary Joan, Mary Jean, and Mary Felicia; sons, Nicholas V. Anthony J. Coppa, David C. and Justin J.; 46 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Friday, Oct. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.


Contact Vernon Clark at 215-854-5717 or vclark@phillynews.com.

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