Andrew Salvatore Coccari, 89, of Babylon New York, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday February 26, 2014. Funeral services and burial will be held in his childhood home of Belfast, New York.
Born as the seventh child of the late Bruno Coccari and Maria Theresa (Rovito) Coccari, was raised in western New York and resided in Babylon, New York for almost 60 years.
Andy started college at Cortland State and played varsity soccer. He enlisted in the Navy and went to Cornell University for the V-12 Navy College Training Program and played soccer there too. He was commissioned and served as a member of US Naval Underwater Demolition Team 30, and was in the Naval Reserve till 1955. He was married to the late Arlene Welker and upon returning from active duty, resided in Los Angeles where he earned his MA in Science from UCLA and played varsity soccer. Andy was a dedicated Physical Education educator and administrator. Throughout his life, Andy was a passionate advocate for expanding the opportunities to all to live a healthy lifestyle. He did two stints on the faculty of Syracuse University from 1952 to 1955 where he was the head coach of the varsity soccer team, then 1964-1968. He was a supporter in the 1960's of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and always pushed for a greater scope of physical education on the primary and secondary school levels. This passion led him to have the opportunity, as a US government consultant, to work in Tehran, Iran in 1960 to develop a comprehensive national physical education program. His long career in Physical Education culminated in his position as head of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation for Brentwood School District and he was active in the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He retired in 1980 from the public sector to focus on his new company Long Island Gym Equipment Co. He successfully serviced public schools and universities in the metro New York Area till he retired at the Age of 82.
He took many outdoor vacations with his wife Arlene and the both loved the Adirondacks and the Florida wilderness. He was an active member of St Joseph's Church in Babylon.
Andy was predeceased by his wife Arlene.
He is survived by his five children, Paul, Diane, Gregg, Phillip, Andrew; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast Saturday March 1, 2014 9-10:30 am. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am with prayers at the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian burial at St. Patrick's Church, Belfast at 11:00 am. The Rev. Dennis Mancuso , Pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Belfast.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society 1120 S. Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14620.
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