The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

May 18, 2013

Carmel C. Coco

JOHNSTOWN — COCO – Carmel C., 95, died peacefully at home May 18, 2013. He was born Feb. 10, 1918, in Johnstown, the son of Michele (Mike) and Carmela (Manganello) Coco.  In 2007, Carmel lost his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Kay (Camut) Coco. Carmel is survived by these children:  Larry M., and wife, Linda (Riley) Coco, Johnstown; Carmine Coco De Young, and husband, Donald, Ridgefield, Conn.; and Joselle Skelley, and husband, John; and Risa Coco, all of Johns- town. Carmel also is survived by these grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Dr. Cristin Coco Brescia, husband, Dr. Aaron Brescia, and children, Anthony and Dominic; Michael Coco, and wife, Veronica (Garcia-Zabaleta); John Carmel Coco; Bryan De Young, wife, Stephanie, and children, Kay and Lyla; CaraMarie Carboni, husband, Dan, and children, Ronan and Arabella; Lauren Cust, husband, Michael, and daughter, Mary Mae; Marisa De Young; John P. Skelley; and Jaclyn Skelley. Carmel also is survived by these family members: beloved brother, Samuel M. Coco; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Margaret Camut, Albert and Joan Camut and Frank and Pauline Arcurio; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who have shown their love and devotion over the years. Carmel is preceded in death by these family members: Joseph and Mary (Coco) Laposata, Sara (Coco) and Joseph Cannarella, Sydney J. and Josephine (Coco) Layland, Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” (Bocci) Coco, Anthony and Gloria Camut, Orazio and Christine Paolillo, Samuel and Mary Camut, Philip and Rose Pantano, Charles and Agnes Camut and James and Adelaide Camut. Carmel was co-owner of the Yankee Shoe Repair Factory with his brother, Sam. Their father, Mike Coco, opened the shoe shop on Jan. 1, 1921. Carmel began working at the shop at 6  years of age and by age 7 operated a 10-chair marble shoeshine stand.  At the age of 10, he received a leg injury which developed into a bone infection. His loving parents, Mike and Carmela, obtained a doctor from Boston who performed a successful operation to save Carmel’s leg. During recovery, Carm’s uncle, Charles Manganello, taught him to play the bassoon. Carmel practiced many hours each day and became an accomplished musician. Upon graduation from Johnstown High School, he was offered three full music scholarships at the Julliard, Oberlin and Curtis schools of music; however, Carmel decided to keep music as his hobby and wanted to spend his life working at Yankee Shoe Repair Factory alongside his brother, Sam. Carm and Sam grew the business and received many awards over the years, including the highest award for shoe repair service, the National Silver Cup, presented to them by Governor Scranton in 1963. Carm and Sam also were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in 2007. Carmel dedicated his life to his faith; family; Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, where he was a member for 61 years; the Roxbury Bandshell; and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center.  He was inducted into the 2010 Artists Hall of Fame. He also was a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 41; the Knights of Columbus, Council 467; BPOE 175; Joseph Johns Lodge 214, ISDA; and the Sons of Italy 1614. Carmel’s family wishes to acknowledge his loving and dedicated brother, Sam, and nephews, Charles Camut and Jerry Coco, who all worked at Yankee Shoe Repair devoting their lives to helping their faithful customers over many decades. They also would like to thank Dr. David Johns, Dr. Rod Wall, the staff at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and Transitional Care Unit, Heartland Hospice and nephew, Brian Paratore, for their support during Carm’s life and his most recent illness. At Carmel’s request, donations may be made to Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, 300 Market St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901; Roxbury Bandshell, in care of  Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 116 Market St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901; Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave., Johnstown, Pa. 15906; or Sisters of Charity, in care of Caritas Christi, 129 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, Pa. 15601. Friends received from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013, and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd.  Carm was a longtime member of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the Very Rev. Mark S. Begly, celebrant. Interment, St. Anthony Cemetery, Geistown.  Condolences may be sent to www.ducafuneralhome.com.

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