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“We are so sorry for the passing of your precious son. We send our love Celeste, Ian & Evan ”
1 of 43 | Posted by: Celeste McGregorWe - Poughkeepsie, NY

“To the Coppola family -- I am so very sorry for your loss. To have a bright young life snuffed out like that is unspeakably painful. May your...Read More »
2 of 43 | Posted by: Caroline Rider - Red Hook, NY

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Linda Filiberti ”
3 of 43 | Posted by: Linda Filiberti

“Our hearts go out to your entire family. We were all sadened when we heard the news that you lost your son in the accident. You are all in our...Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: Denise DeLong-Cahill - Shrewsbury, MA

“Our heart goes out to your family I can not think of any words to lessen your pain But we are here if you need us ”
5 of 43 | Posted by: Joe and faridi Berger

“Dear Luigi, Lisa & family, Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that the Lord will comfort you and give you His peace. ...Read More »
6 of 43 | Posted by: John & Sharon Thoman

“To the entire Coppola family, we at Dutchess ProPrint send our prayers and most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. ”
7 of 43 | Posted by: David & MaryAlice Monto - NY

“Dear Lisa & Luigi, Karen & George & Family You have lost someone who was a special part of your life. You have such wonderful stories of your time...Read More »
8 of 43 | Posted by: Dee Allt - Hyde Park, NY - Friend

“Dear Coppola family, Please accept out deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Claudio's service on Wed. was very touching. ...Read More »
9 of 43 | Posted by: Laurie Ronk - Hyde Park, NY

“Dear Family and Friends, it is incredible that fate has dealth such pain to so many! Much has been said about a bright and gifted young man for me to...Read More »
10 of 43 | Posted by: Joseph Molinaro Jr.

“Luigi and Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan Mortensen and Family ”
11 of 43 | Posted by: Dan Mortensen - Hyde Park, NY

“Loving prayers and deepest condolences from all of our families to yours, Jeanne Marie Damore and Shannon Marie Vacca ”
12 of 43 | Posted by: Jeanne Marie Damore Vacca - NY

“I have been thinking of you and praying for your whole family for days. This weighs so heavily on my heart. I read about your son and he sounds like...Read More »
13 of 43 | Posted by: Romana Bagna - Chapin, SC

“We extend our deep sympathy on the death of your son, Claudio. So good to hear that he was a great person. With prayers for all, Marie and Gene...Read More »
14 of 43 | Posted by: Marie and Gene Riordan - NY

“We are very sorry for your loss. We will remember Claudio and his family in our prayers. ”
15 of 43 | Posted by: The CHianese Family

“The Lyons family mourns your loss with great sorrow. Claudio was a fine young man. Our heartfelt condolences go out to each one of you. You have been...Read More »
16 of 43 | Posted by: Peter and Heidi Lyons - friends

“Condolences, thoughts and prayers to the entire Coppola family during this tragic time. The Will family, Chris, Steve, and Dave and families offer...Read More »
17 of 43 | Posted by: MaryBeth Will - Poughkeepsie, NY

“Luigi, my condolences to your family on the loss of your beloved son Claudio. My heart and prayers go out to all of you in this time of your...Read More »
18 of 43 | Posted by: Richard Wambach - Family Friend

“We cannot begin to tell you how devastated we are to hear about Claudio's accident. We are so very sorry and cannot even imagine what you must be...Read More »
19 of 43 | Posted by: Jocelyn and Gino Sass - Kingston, NY

“Luigi, Lisa, George, Karen Unfortunately Judy and I are in Florida and unable to deliver our condolences personally. Rest assured we are thinking of...Read More »
20 of 43 | Posted by: Jim Closs - Stuart, FL

“Lisa ,Luigi,Karen George and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jeff & Millie Hinck (Lonnie...Read More »
21 of 43 | Posted by: Millie Hinck - ulster park, NY

“Rest In Paradise Claudio. Sorry we havent seen eachother since we were small. Too much time lost.. see you again. ”
22 of 43 | Posted by: Breanna Tarzia - amity harbor, NY

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. You have our deepest sympathy. ”
23 of 43 | Posted by: Grace and Bruce Ahearn - NY

“Luigi and Lisa, Our most heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you during this deeply sorrowful time. Please be assured of our prayers for your son...Read More »
24 of 43 | Posted by: Sean and Mary Mateer - NC

“Lisa and Luigi, I am devastated by the news of Claudio's passing. I will forever remember Marcanthony and Claudio as my little guys before I had...Read More »
25 of 43 | Posted by: Jennifer Giorgi - Poughkeepsie, NY

“I wish I had words to lighten your agony but sometimes words are just not enough. Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my...Read More »
26 of 43 | Posted by: Maria Maranzano

“I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your beautiful boy. I just cannot find the words to tell you how saddened I was by the news. Claudio will be...Read More »
27 of 43 | Posted by: Kelly Riordan Budai - NY

“Wishing you strength and courage during this most difficult time. My prayers are with you, Luigi, and your family. Focus on all of the good...Read More »
28 of 43 | Posted by: Debi Maloney - Hyde Park, NY

“Although I did not know your son...I am also the mother of a teen boy...I can not begin to imagine your thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
29 of 43 | Posted by: Lisa Sorel-Cimorelli - Rhinebeck, NY

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May joyful memories warm your saddened hearts. Sincerely- The Langenau Family ”
30 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Langenau

“I was a good friend to claudio . He also made me smile when i was upset , he always made me do the right things when me and him talked . I graduated...Read More »
31 of 43 | Posted by: Cheyenne - Hyde Park, NY - friend

“I know only too well the pain you are feeling today. God bless you and your family as you find strength in each other to survive this difficult time...Read More »
32 of 43 | Posted by: Francine diGrandi - Hyde Park, NY

“Mr. Coppola and Family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
33 of 43 | Posted by: Todd - Red Hook, NY

“We are sorry to learn of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your entire family. ”
34 of 43 | Posted by: Ellen and Tom Allard - Red Hook, NY

“I am so sorry for the loss of your son! My heart feels your pain. I will keep in my thought and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy,John and Michele...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: michele carwile - lincoln, NC

“May Jesus love give you peace and comfort at the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. In Gods Love, Susan Moul ”
36 of 43 | Posted by: Susan Moul

“Years ago I worked with the family. I'm so terribly sorry for the family. Claudio sounds like a wonderful young man and I know he'll be missed...Read More »
37 of 43 | Posted by: Jill DeGroodt Bowman - Atlanta, GA

“Our family is deeply saddened. Steve has shared good memories of Claudio with us.Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless... ”
38 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Curcio - Salt Point, NY

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts will be with you and our loved ones. May God comfort you in these difficult times. ”
39 of 43 | Posted by: Harold Ramsey

“I am so sorry for your loss. My daughter Emily was a dear friend to Claudio. She spoke highly of him and always appreciated her time spent with him...Read More »
40 of 43 | Posted by: Kristine Williams - Hyde Park, NY

“My family send our Condolences and if there is anything that we can do please do hesitate do call us for anything. Lisa I think you have our number...Read More »
41 of 43 | Posted by: The McLaughlin Fanily

“There are no words to make this easier for anyone. Claudio, though, no longer suffers from the slings and sorrows of the human condition. He is with...Read More »
42 of 43 | Posted by: Mr. James Holt - Teacher

“Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cindy ”
43 of 43 | Posted by: Cindy Horton Andrus - Bentonville, AR

Hyde Park – Claudio F. 'Clyde' Coppola, 16, a lifelong Hyde Park resident, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 9, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
Born in Poughkeepsie on December 17, 1995, he was the son of Luigi and Lisa Bajcar Coppola of Hyde Park.
He was a graduate of Holy Trinity Parochial School in Poughkeepsie, where he was an altar server, a class leader, a member of the honor band and once played Jesus in the church's live Stations of the Cross. While at Holy Trinity Claudio was an avid soccer player impressing his coach, Mike Tomeseski, and fellow teammate's parents with his compassion and ability to make others play better. He also played baseball and took karate while at Holy Trinity. He was a school leader with other students often coming to him for counseling.
Claudio was always strong in his convictions, and he was once referred to as "Claudio the Passionate" by his preschool teacher.
A junior at F. D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, Claudio was an honors student who played for the high school's lacrosse team, cross country team, and crew team. Most recently, Claudio was active in helping his class build their homecoming day float and was looking forward to being a member of the swim team this coming winter.
Claudio worked with his family at Coppola's Restaurant in Hyde Park, often working with his parents doing concession work at various events. Claudio was also a staff recruiter with many friends seeking him out looking for work.
He loved music, and taught himself how to play the guitar, and read and write music. Many an evening was spent with him playing his guitars in the basement often till late at night. He enjoyed working in ceramics class and was adored by his teacher Mrs. Gross.
Claudio and his brother, Marcanthony, were inseparable and did many things together. They shared the same "brotherhood' of friends. He planned on applying to the College of St. Rose to study music; the same college his older brother attends. He was part of a group of close friends known as the "Wolf Pack". Claudio was always there for his friends; he was commonly their group "counselor", always lending an ear to a friend in need.
Claudio's various teachers and especially his guidance counselor, Marilyn Domenech-Rodriguez, were passionate in their love and respect for Claudio often going out of their way to help him and protect him. Teachers at FDR often referred to him as "M-Rod's boy" and often went to her office when they wondered where he was.
Claudio was known for his deep blue eyes and his full red lips which all his female friends admired.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his two brothers, Marcanthony and Geno; and sister, Clara, all at home; paternal grandparents, Antonio and Frances Coppola of Hyde Park; maternal grandparents, George and Karen Bajcar of Pompano Beach, FL; uncles, Nick Coppola and wife, Julie, of Hyde Park, John Coppola and wife, Judy, of Hyde Park, Anthony Coppola and wife, Elizabeth, of Hyde Park, Vinny Coppola of Salt Point, Brian Bajcar and wife, Michelle of Amenia, Scott Bajcar and wife, Robin, of Wappingers Falls, and Shane Bajcar of Hyde Park; cousins, Christopher, Francesca, Giancarlo, Michael, Dominic, Anna, Anthony Jr., and Jack Coppola, and Justin, Cody, Kara, Kasey, Zachary, Seth, and Joshua Bajcar.
He is also survived by many great aunts and uncles and extended family, and many, many friends, who meant the world to him.
An animal lover, Claudio loved his hamster, Wendy; two dogs, Ralphie and Fredo; cat, Sophie; and "Wolf Pack" mascot, Clyde Frog.
Special thanks to Sister Mary James ("Aunt Mary") and the staff of St. Francis Hospital for their compassionate care during such a trying time. Their care and hard work were truly appreciated.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Tuesday, November 13th at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Wednesday, November 14th at Regina Coeli Church.
Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.
Memorial donations in Claudio's name may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, please refer to their web site
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