John Thomas Sopper of East Syracuse, NY passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 26, 2019. The son of Frank Sopper and Mary (Ebner) Sopper, John was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on December 28, 1935. He moved with his family to the Syracuse area when his father took a position with the Carrier Corporation. John graduated from East Syracuse High School in 1953, where he met his beloved wife of over 50 years, Sheila (Cowan) Sopper who predeceased him in 2006. John worked most of his career at the Springmeier Shipping Company in East Syracuse. He was a proud member of Teamster’s Local 317, and a lifelong supporter of the rights of working people. With lots of hard work and love, John and Sheila raised four children, Sheila Mary Sopper (Jeff Davis), of Morrisville, PA, John Robert Sopper (Woodson E. Faulkner, II) of Greensboro, NC, Ruth (Sopper) Troy, (John D. Troy), of Baldwinsville, NY, and Bridgette (Sopper) Oliva, Esq. (Damaso Oliva Jr., MD) of San Antonio, TX. John has six grandchildren to whom he was deeply devoted, and who loved their “Pop” very much, Jessica Clair Bradley, (Michael A. Bradley), of Hockessin DE, Michael Jared Stirpe, (Austin T. Jefferson) of Philadelphia, PA, David John Troy, of Seattle, WA, Maureen Elizabeth Oliva, of San Antonio, TX, Rachel Louise Troy, of Baldwinsville, NY, and Daniel Patrick Oliva of San Antonio, TX. John is also survived by his cherished great grandson, William Michael Bradley of Hockessin, DE, also known as Wum-Wum. He has two surviving sisters, Mary Ann (Sopper) Hayes and Kathleen (Sopper) Needle (Dean Needle) both of East Syracuse. His brother Robert Sopper, and lifelong friend and brother-in-law, Otto Hayes predeceased him. John is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and he is survived by and predeceased by many members of his wife’s family who also became his family. John spoke his mind. You always knew where you stood with him. He was a hardworking, loyal, and dependable man who was a constant source of strength and stability for his wife and family. He loved to garden and tend his grapes, walk the trails at Green Lakes State Park, and root for the Yankees, and the SU basketball and football teams. Most of all he cherished spending time with his family who will dearly miss him.
Calling hours are from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Delaney Greabell & Adydan Funeral Home on Kinne Street in East Syracuse. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church in East Syracuse. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Minoa. The family invites friends and relatives to join them for a reception following the burial.
To honor John, please consider making a donation in his memory to WCNY public television, the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps., or the National Women’s Hall of Fame, in Seneca Falls, NY.
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