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Andrew G. Coppola, industrial sales engineer; Aug. 22, 1922 -- June 5, 2012

Andrew G. Coppola of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired industrial sales engineer, died Tuesday in McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of East High School, served in the Army stateside during World War II and studied engineering at the University of Michigan.

Returning from college, Mr. Coppola joined Worthington Pump and Compressor in engineering sales and stayed with the company after it was acquired by Eaton Corp. He was Eaton's top national salesman for several years and logged more than a million driving miles as he called on plants in Western and Central New York and Pennsylvania. He retired in 1985.

He was active in the Engineering Society of Buffalo throughout his career and served a term as its president.

Always athletic and fit, he was an avid golfer and, until four years ago, was an active member of the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic Center.

His wife of 56 years, Vivian DuCotey Coppola, died in 2005.

Surviving are a son, Douglas; a daughter, Vianne; and a sister, Anne Gentner. A grandson, Steven, was a member of the U.S. rowing team that won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

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