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Alfred Sharkey Cupola


Jamaica, Queens


Genovese Soldier


Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords


Copyright 2019 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.


On Wednesday, November 12, 1941 Alfredo Alfred Cupola (May 30, 1902-October 1974) of 170-38 93rd Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, was charged with forgery. The charge was dismissed in Manhattan Felony Court. Employed as a painter, Cupola had illegally used an assumed name on a driver’s license examination.

The son of Vincent Cupola (1868-1943), 50, and Antoinetta Antonia Anna Cupola (1878-), 42, Alfred’s father was employed as a painter in 1920. He worked in the contracting industry. Vincent was born in Italy and Antonia was originally from Massachusetts. Vincent immigrated to the U.S. in 1890.

Albert was the second oldest of six children. His siblings were Albert (1901-), Julia (1904-), Gladys (1906-), Edmund (1915-) and Pasqualy (1918-). In 1920 Albert worked as a painter helper with his dad. The Cupolas rented a residence on East 117th Street in Manhattan. A 1925 New York State Census record lists Alfred Cupola, 23, as residing with his family at house #515 of New York’s 20th Assembly District.

By 1930 Alfred Cupola was married to Julia Cupola (1905-). The couple lived at 170-38 93 Avenue in Queens. A salesman in the fish market industry, Alfred continued to live with his parents, Vincent and Anna. In 1940 Alfred was employed as a salesman for Rilant Bagels. Working fifty weeks per year, he earned $2,000. Cupola’s residence remained 170-38 93rd Avenue.


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