Michael T. Kopa, 60
On February 22, 2018 Michael Thomas Kopa (Mike) was called home to enter Gods Kingdom. Mike was a devoted and loving husband and father. Mike was one of a kind. A true gentleman who put his family above all else, a man who lived a life of integrity, and a man who was truly loved and respected by all who knew him.
Mike was born on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, on April 16th, 1957 to his loving parents Lucille and George Kopa. He spent his childhood in New York before joining the U.S. Navy in 1975. It was during his time in the Navy that he met his wife Susan. Following his service, Mike earned his degree and played football at Pace University in New York. Mike then began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency where he continued to serve until his passing.
Mike put his family first and would always tell his wife and children that they were the center of his universe. Everyone who spent time in the Kopa house became part of the family and experienced the overwhelming sense of kindness, compassion and decency that Mike bestowed within his home. Mike was a patriot, a motivator, and a true leader who inspired many young people. His son’s band of “hard chargers” and his daughters group of close friends were all recipients of Mike’s genuine care and concern for their welfare.
Mike had a love of bulldogs, Coca-Cola, burgers and milkshakes. His smile was contagious and his ability to make every person he came into contact with happy was truly remarkable. Mike was a God fearing man who made friends every place he went and always seemed to find the positive in any situation. He had a knack for giving life advice, whether you asked for it or not, to strangers and family alike. Mike was known for his sense of humor, his way with words and making every person he talked to feel as if they were the only person in the room.
Mike is survived by his loving Mother, his big brother George, whom he admired and respected, his nieces and nephew and their families and his wife’s parents and siblings. He loved all of them dearly. He was a superhero to his kids Michael and Emily and his grandson Leo and he was his wife Susan’s Knight in Shining Armor.
Mike left a legacy of kindness that will be missed by everyone. His wife Susan always said that he was the nicest guy she’d ever met. Though Mike’s presence will be missed, we are sure that he will be watching over all of us from Heaven.