Nicholas Coppolino

June 1, 1962June 10, 2018
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On June 10, 2018, Nicholas Coppolino went to heaven. He was the devoted son of Dorothy Anna Coppolino (nee Rybka) and the late Nicholas Mario Coppolino; beloved longtime boyfriend of Robin Holubowski; loving father of Shelby Margaret-Anna Coppolino and her fiancé Stephen Zidek; dear brother of Mary Frances Vacca and her husband Bryan, and Denise Anne Lane and her husband Paul; cherished uncle of Alexia, Bryanna, and Anthony Vacca, and Noah and Ethan Lane. Nick is survived by many loving extended family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc. 9705 Belair Rd., Nottingham, MD 21236, on Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Church (Fullerton, MD). Interment services will follow at Gardens of Faith Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nick’s name to the Nicholas Coppolino Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Parkville High School 2600 Putty Hill Ave., Baltimore, MD 21234. Online tributes may be left for the family at


  • The late Nicholas Mario Coppolino, Father
  • Dorothy Anna Coppolino (New Rybka), Mother
  • Shelby Margaret-Anna Coppolino and her fiance Stephen Zidek, Daughter
  • Robin Holubowski, Longtime Girlfriend
  • Mary Frances Vacca and her husband Bryan, Sister
  • Denise Anne Lane and her husband Paul, Sister
  • Alexia Vacca, Niece
  • Bryanna Vacca, Niece
  • Anthony Vacca, Nephew
  • Noah Lane, Nephew
  • Ethan Lane, Nephew
  • Nick is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Burial Monday, June 18, 2018

Nicholas Coppolino

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Stan Hileman

June 27, 2018

I was very saddened to hear this news. Nick and I were college roommates for two years at WVU. We shared a lot of fun times during that period, all of which bring a smile to my face. He was without a doubt one of the kindest, most caring and most accepting people I've ever known. Reading the other memories on this page about how giving Nick was doesn't surprise me at all. That was just his nature. I'm sure he touched many lives in a very positive way, including my own, and will be missed by many. My condolences and prayers to his family.

Robin Holubowski

June 22, 2018

One of the first things I liked about Nick was his faith in Christ. He also was attractive, with kind eyes, a warm smile, and an easy-going personality.
I liked that he was devoted to family. But the greatest things that attracted me to Nick were his kindness and his big heart for others. We shared a passion for teaching and I saw that he loved kids as much as I do! He would do anything for his students!
Nick reminds me a lot of my dad. Like my dad, he was a great listener, very encouraging and supportive. He was my greatest cheerleader since my dad passed away. Nick showed unconditional love and acceptance to everyone he met, including me.
Other qualities Nick shared with my dad was a giving spirit and a servant’s heart! He powerfully demonstrated that to me in December of 2016 when I had major ACL surgery. I couldn’t put weight on my leg for 1 month. Nick stayed with me for several days to take care of me. He took me to surgery, cooked for me, and was there for me when I woke up, was in pain, and doubted if I would walk or bend my knee again. I am forever grateful for his tender care!
Another cherished quality in Nick was his humble, kind attitude. He didn’t like people praising him and was quiet about his service to others.
He wasn’t one to preach his faith. Instead, he believed in living it out with actions that spoke louder than his words! What a legacy and example he has left for us to follow. I will forever treasure the time I had with him. His friendship and influence has made me a better person.
Nick was the real deal. He had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and it was his heart’s desire for you to know and follow Jesus as well.
I love you Nick and will miss you and your wonderful hugs! I do not say “goodbye” to you but rather, “see you later.” It has been a privilege to be your beloved girlfriend, closest companion, and sweetheart! You were a blessing to me.
With much love, Goodbye Sweetheart.
Robin Holubowski

Bryanna Vacca

June 17, 2018

If you were looking for Nicky at a family gathering, you would probably find him with the kids. He was always willing to play cards or games with his nieces, nephews and daughter.

Uncle Nicky always put his friends and family first. He truly loved us all. We miss him so much.

Anthony Vacca

June 17, 2018

Uncle Nicky always found ways to bond with me. He supported me through sports, schoolwork, and overall becoming a better man. He could always make everyone in the room laugh because of his great sense of humor. Although he wasn’t the most organized person, we all still loved him very much for who he was. Thanks for always making me smile Uncle Nicky, you will be greatly missed.

Jean Ciscell

June 17, 2018

Mr. Coppolino was and forever will be one of the best teachers I have ever met. There was never a time where I questioned my abilities or accomplishments, because as a teacher, and mentor, he made sure I knew that he was proud of whatever I did. Even when I didn’t earn an award or achieve a goal he was still so proud. Not to mention, if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t have found my love for computers and cyber security and my pathway. He, also, made everyday worth coming to class for, and his jokes made even my worst days just a little bit better. I wish I could have known him longer, but what I’ve come to find out is how small the world is, because he worked at my elementary school, Carney. Although it was years before I went there, he impacted my life before I even knew it and he will countinute to impact my life. I am so grateful to have known him and been a student and friend of his. He truly was an amazing person.

My condolences are with the family. May he rest in peace.

Kai Brooks

June 16, 2018

For 3 years, he taught me about DCOM through Netacad. He was always a kind teacher who helped me with anything I found difficult. When I was informed of his passing, I was shocked and saddened. I had communicated with him only two weeks prior, and he was excited about my current progress. Mr. Coppolino was one of the main reasons I've managed to excel in my major, Information Systems Security. I will miss him greatly, and I am incredibly grateful for all his support.

Angela Miranda

June 16, 2018

I had Mr. Coppolino as my teacher since I was a freshman up until junior year in high school, because of cyber security/networking magnet program. He’s the kindest. He’s not just my teacher but also a mentor. He sparked my interest in technology, and now I am pursuing it as my college and future career! He treated us/me as if we’re his family. He would always listen to my rants and problems about life in general and would always give awesome advices, plus the jokes and humor. He believed in me. He trusted me with many things in class, including designing his classroom. He would always talk about his daughter and how proud he was. He’s like a father to our whole class. I will be forever grateful that I had met Mr. Coppolino and was touched and inspired by his good soul. I will miss his “dad jokes” and our class’ impromptu and pitched in pizza parties. Heaven has gained a good soul and kind heart. My condolences to the Coppolinos. Know that Mr. Coppolino has touched and inspired many people’s lives, and that will live forever.

Bryan Vacca

June 16, 2018

I lost a great friend and brother-in-law. Nicky was always there ready to help us with computer questions, family events, or watching his nieces and nephew when Mary Frances and I needed a date night. He was a wonderful father, teacher and leader. I will miss him dearly.

Allyson Donahey

June 16, 2018

To the Coppolino Family, my heart goes out to you over this tragic time. My boyfriend Lou and I met Nick through Robin. What an amazing guy! His presence was so genuine- such an approachable man, with love, compassion, a good heart & ALWAYS willing to put others before himself. During the time I lost my father, I was just getting to know Nick, and over the phone, Nick made a point to console me & make me feel better as best as one could be. I remember thinking how special this was and will "always be". Aside from this, Lou and I have had some pretty laid back & awesome times with Nick & Robin. Lots of laughs and funny moments. Lou just remembered the one time, in particular, at a restaurant outing, Nick telling Lou's children that Robin kept him in a cage, but let him out for the day to come to the restaurant. The kids thought that was so funny! The youngest had an inquisitive mind, but got the Honestly, if this were true, I think he would have liked to come out for a better dinner that day. Nick, we will both miss your sense of humor and your comforting presence. We both, however know, that as much as we wish you were here this summer for memories & beyond, God has ordained your one and only loving presence in heaven. What a wonderful addition to the heavens above. Love to you always & prayers to all those who know you.

Steve Krashevski

June 16, 2018

Nick and I are connected through Kim Mattera, my fiancé, and her love for the Coppolinos. They are family to her and her family, the Lavallees. On the occasions I spent with him, like a very recent wedding in California, he was always thoughtful, engaging and a joy to be with. I wish we had many more times to share together.