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Alleva Funeral Home, Inc.

1724 East Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA

OBITUARY

Anthony Joseph Coccia

March 8, 1940September 9, 2020
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Anthony J. “Tony” Coccia, age 80, of Strafford, PA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Beloved husband to Sheila (nee Brown) for 58 years. He is survived by four children: Chris (Jacqui), Beth (Kirk) Intermill, Becky (Chris) Messa, and Vincent (Andrea). Devoted “Grandpop” to 11 grandchildren: Emily, Zachary, Taylor, Meghan, Jillian, Bailey, Caitlyn, Maddie, Anderson, Rylan and Gus. Beloved brother to Phyllis (nee Coccia) Wells and her husband William; brother-in-law to Robert Brown and his wife, Molly. Tony was predeceased by his parents, Vincent J. Coccia and Amelia (nee Sterlicchi) Coccia; his brother, Augustine, and his wife, Barbara. Tony was born and raised in New Castle, Delaware and graduated from St Peter’s Catholic High School, Class of 1958. He earned a BA from Villanova University, then an MA from the University of Delaware and worked towards his Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Virginia. Tony taught in the Philosophy Department at Villanova for several years. When curriculum changes were made, He then established his own construction company. His attention to detail and customer relations were integral pieces in the success of his business. In 1985, Tony was able to return to professor status - his true calling – as an adjunct at Villanova while continuing with the business, AJ Coccia Construction. It was not unusual to find Tony at a table surrounded by college students and plates of pasta discussing life’s most complex questions. In 1992, Tony moved to a new role as “Grandpop.” He took this role seriously and began the formation of 11 budding philosophers, “Question Everything” embedded in their minds forever. Tony’s ability to carry a room in conversation; to pull off a good prank among family members; to lead the grandchildren in jokes, songs, or play; to never encounter a stranger (we are pretty certain he befriended every medical professional) is what made Tony authentic and unforgettable to those around him. Even in his weakest moments, Tony had the uncanny ability to draw a crowd. His larger than life personality could fill a room and those he left behind will find it difficult to fill the void. Relatives and friends may call on Friday September 18, 2020 from 1-2PM at Alleva Funeral Home, Inc. 1724 East Lancaster Ave. Paoli, PA. A Memorial Service will begin at 2PM. Burial private by the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tony’s memory to the American Lung Association: https://action.lung.org/site/Donation2?df_id=31272&mfc_pref=T&31272.donation=form1&_ga=2.91107802.1596047384.1600532612-624445641.1600532612. Arrangements are with Alleva Funeral Home, Inc. Paoli, PA.

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    Friday, September 18, 2020

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  • Burial private by the request of the family

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Jack Doody

September 17, 2020

Dear Sheila, Vincent, Chris and Family,

When I came to Villanova in 1969 Tony was my mentor. We shared offices up in Tolentine, and talked Philosophy, teaching and life for the next three years. Sheila, you may remember you and Tony had my wife and I over to Oakford Thanksgiving weekend 1969, and you and Tony hosted a New Years Eve party 1969 for the department.

I loved Tony and respected him so much that I entrusted him with the education of my son, which education worked wonders.

I am out of the area and cannot be there.

Please know, Tony was one of the very best human beings I have ever been fortunate to grace my life.

In fact, Tony was grace personified. He was God's gift.

Take care Sheila,

Jack Doody

JOHN DOODY

September 17, 2020

Dear Coccia Family,
Thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures of Tony and your family! I wish I could have asked Tony how he felt about the photo op with the Easter Bunny and if we could now verify his existence through empirical data :) Your husband/father was my Boss, my mentor, and one of my most beloved friends who shaped my consciousness and helped forge my life path! One of the greatest gifts my father gave to me, was to (quite purposefully) ask Tony to take me on as an apprentice at the family business and that decision had an incredibly profound and positive impact in my life. I cried my eyes out upon hearing about Tony's passing and please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. In these most difficult times where epistemology is almost unknown outside of the limited circles of academia, and the very concepts of Knowledge and Truth are under siege, Tony was a beacon of light demanding that reason and logic guide humanity, and I promise the Coccia family that until I take my last breaths, I will continue his legacy and pass on his lessons to anyone who will listen to me! Another of Tony's great gifts was to teach me how to work with my hands and to use the tools of Philosophy to create and fix "things". To this day I have the confidence and experience to fix innumerable problems on my property all of which I owe 100% to Tony! He was a craftsman of the highest order, truly acting with "Old World" beauty and precision, and whether it was a historic Germantown mansion or a humble home off the Main Line, Tony took the same approach and combined the aesthetic with the functional to create, restore, and fix every possible need in homes where he worked. Tony's balance of the Protestant work ethic combined with his ingrained Catholic values of compassion and forgiveness have literally defined my existence and shaped the manner in which I approach "work" and life. God Bless you Tony, my fellow Foundationalist, and Thank you for everything!!!


Paul Coccia

September 15, 2020

Cousin Tony inspired me to use my hands and my mind....his ability to be an intelec and his ability to create was just amazing..love to the family I will miss you cuz. Cuz Paul.

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