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First and Last 2010

Shared by JohnPaul Kotyla on August 5, 2013

This was  his first visit to Citizens Bank Park in 2010 with Erika.  He was so excited to go with her.  This was his last game he saw at the park.  Good use of the rally towel to did not want any mustard on that Phillies shirt.

Reading to Sophia

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He loved his great granddaughter and enjoyed his time with her.

Bunny Ears

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He didn't time this one right.

Best Sister Ever

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He would always tell me the great things she did.

Christmas 1951

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At the Kotyla's 3939 Donath ST.

Christmas 1951

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My dad enjoyed having fun and chritmas cheer.  He loved his egg nog with a little something in it.

Christmas 1951

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John and Sophie

The Naked One

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Julia had kept my father laughing for years over the time she was so excited and ran around naked looking for her bathing suit when it was time to go swimming at 3 yrs. old.

Marriage

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John found love and married Franceska Michalcyzk in 1965.  To bad his parents were not there to see it they both passed in 1956.  

Wow so beautiful

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He would say "you have beautiful daughters".  

83rd Birthday

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He was eyein up the red velvet.

The 3 John's

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The company name he said he would create if he hit the BIG ONE.

Easter 2012

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Hangin on the deck lookimg for deer, bunnies, turkeys, groundhogs or BOBCATS.

Wow so beautiful

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That is what he said everytime he talked to me about my daughters and he was right.

Campaigning Props 2009

Shared by JohnPaul Kotyla on August 4, 2013

Anything to help his grandchildren.  Here he is in the photo op when JohnPaul was running for Class President.  He won and grnadpop said it must have been this photo that put him over the top.

Great Granddaughter

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"She keeps me going" he would say

Bunny Ears

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He was a guy who liked to joke and laugh alot.

Smelling flowers

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John would love sitting on the porch in Mullica Hill watching the birds and looking at the rose bushes across the street (Thanks John and Sarah Roth for giving him that view) reminding him of his mothers while drinking morning coffee on the weekends.

Mom Its OK

Shared by JohnPaul Kotyla on August 4, 2013

John said "when I started loosing his hair his mother was woried he would not find a wife get married and give her grandchildren so, she would rub warm oil on his head to stop hair loss."  

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I think I can see the horns.

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Hangin at Cioci's

Soccer in the 40's

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Touching these new soccer balls was like touching a feather.  John said "When we played back then the balls were much heavier, and we did not have shinguards we would either put the Sunday newspaper under our socks or and old magazine." 
He remembered playing against some great players that are now part of the US Soccer Hall of Fame like Walt Barr and Benny McLaughlin.  Here is how the US Soccer Hall of Fame Started

 The National Soccer Hall of Fame came to life in 1950 when a group of former professional and amateur players from the Philadelphia "Old-timers" Association took it upon themselves to recognize the achievements of soccer in America. - See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/about/history/hall-of-fame/hall-of-fame.aspx#sthash.RERNFMdi.dpuf 

My Favorite Darling Sister

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Sophie and John on Donath Street in Nicetown.  He always said she was the greatest sister anyone could ever have had. 

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A birthday in Philly

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Just chillin

Security

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Hitem over the head wit da schtick

Its a Small World in Korea too

Shared by JohnPaul Kotyla on August 4, 2013

While in the Korean War John was outside his camp and heard someone say "hey Russian".   He looked up and it was Peaches, his friend who lived in Nicetown with him.  Fighting a war thousands of miles away from home you still run into people you know.

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