Harry Scopinich, 95, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of the Hamilton area of Baltimore, Md., passed away on June 15, 2019, surrounded by his family, after a long and exceptional life. He was a member of the “World’s Greatest Generation.”
He was an anti-aircraft tank gunner in the 743rd tank battalion and served under British Gen. Field Marshal “Monty” Montgomery in the Armored Division as they travelled through France, Belgium and Germany. A survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, he received various ribbons, including one for serving during the German Occupation.
Once he returned home, he ran the family-owned Scopinich Jewelry Store in the Waverly area of Baltimore. He married Antoinette M. in 1958 and later started Scopinich Gun Shop in the same Waverly location. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1957. In the late 1960s, he sold the gun shop and started Scopinich Gunsmith, having been a self-taught master gunsmith and clocksmith. He repaired guns for up to 30 gun stores in the Baltimore area. He retired to Millsboro at 80.
Scopinich was able to live a life doing what he wanted — and he did just that. Being self-employed his whole life, he could pursue various interests that contributed to a special life. He was an outdoorsman, hunting, fishing and crabbing on the Maryland/Delaware Eastern Shore. He created motorized goose decoys, and automated goose and duck calls that he sold at sport shops.
He appeared on a few Bill Burton television shows displaying his decoys. He was also a subject of various newspaper articles about hunting. He invented gun parts and mechanisms, and built Gatling guns from scratch. He enjoyed ballroom dancing his entire life and even won a dance trophy in 2013, at age 90. His family spent every summer at Leisure Point, Del.
Scopinich was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters. He is survived by his wife, Antoinette Scopinich; children, Lucetta Rupkey and her husband, Dave, Harry Scopinich, Linda Scopinich, and Antoinette Casale and her husband, Andrew; and grandchildren, Nicholas Rupkey, Jessica Rupkey, Melinee Casale, Andrew Casale and Samantha Casale.
A funeral service was to be held June 24, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. Burial with military honors was to follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. A memorial Mass was also held June 25 at St. Michael the Archangel in Georgetown, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.