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George Coppola Navy Deck Gun Plaza Dedication Ceremony

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HANOVER — On Tuesday, July 18, township officials gathered together at Veterans Memorial Park to dedicate the Naval deck gun in memory of the late George Coppola, former Township Committeeman. George Coppola, a respected figure and commander of Robert C. Gulick Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5351 and a proud member of Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus, passed away on Saturday, April 15.

Having served as a dedicated Republican on the Township Committee from 2009 to 2018, Coppola left a lasting impact on the community he served. The dedication ceremony was a heartfelt tribute to his contributions and service to the township.

During a heartfelt dedication ceremony, the Naval deck gun at Veterans Memorial Park was officially named the George F. Coppola Navy Deck Gun Plaza. The ceremony honored the late George Coppola, former Township Committeeman, and his outstanding service to the community. Mayor Thomas “Ace” Gallagher, who presided over the event, praised Coppola as a true leader who always put the needs of the people above personal gain.

Reflecting on his time serving alongside Coppola, Mayor Gallagher shared anecdotes about their collaboration and the genuine concern Coppola displayed for the township and its residents. Gallagher fondly remembered the daily phone calls from Coppola, eagerly discussing ideas and initiatives developed with Township Administrator Joseph Giorgio.

Addressing Phyllis Coppola, the late committeeman’s widow, Mayor Gallagher expressed deep gratitude for his enriching conversations with her late husband. The dedication of the George F. Coppola Navy Deck Gun Plaza stands as a lasting testament to George Coppola’s unwavering commitment to serving the community he loved.

Moreover, Mayor Gallagher highlighted Coppola’s involvement with the 200 Club of Morris County, an organization supporting the families of first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. George Coppola’s dedication to public service extended beyond the township, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of many.

The George F. Coppola Navy Deck Gun Plaza serves as a reminder of the legacy of a selfless leader and a symbol of gratitude for the community he tirelessly served.

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Frank Cahill
Frank Cahillhttps://www.frankcahill.com
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Governor of Division 9 Kiwanis Club of NJ, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
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