In Memory of John "Jack" Opilla ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Thursday, April 8, 2010

In Memory of John "Jack" Opilla

Jack Opilla, 65, died suddenly of natural causes on Monday, March 8, 2010. Jack was a regular and loyal reader of Capital Punishment and often sent in comments and personal notes to the blog's publisher. After a brief hospitalization, he was at home with his family in Annapolis, Maryland. He is survived by his wife of 36 years S. Jean Ulmer Opilla and their son Christopher, 34, both of Annapolis, and his brother George M. Opilla of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. He was born August 24, 1944 in Freeland, Pennsylvania, the youngest son of the late Michael G. Opilla and Elizabeth Spock Opilla. Jack Opilla served as an altar boy and on the choir of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Freeland. He graduated from the Mining & Mechan ical Institute (MMI) in 1962, going on to earn his bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 1966. From 1967 to 1972 he served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Staff Sergeant in the Armored Division. Jack Opilla retired from the National Security Agency in 2006 after 39 years of service and was a 35-year resident of Annapolis, where he was a great supporter of the arts. Behind the scenes, he assisted his wife with her business, the Aurora Gallery. He had formerly served on the board of the Annapolis Opera, was active with the Annapolis Symphony, and had been campaigning for the establishment of the Maryland Theater for the Performing Arts. He also took a great interest in his community and local politics. One of the founding members of the Presidents Hill Community Association, he served as its treasurer for a number of years and as liaison for his neighborhood with the Community Associations of Annapolis. He had recently volunteered for candidates during the 2009 mayoral campaign. Always a great host, he took up baking gourmet desserts after his retirement and hosted a popular weekly dessert night for friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed traveling, brewing his own beer, vegetable gardening, woodworking and sending a daily email of political cartoons and comics. A memorial and celebration of Jack Opilla's life will be held at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis on April 17, 2010 starting at 2:00 P.M. If you wish to make a charitable contribution in his memory, please send donations to the Annapolis Symphony or the Annapolis Opera care of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.


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