Walter Z Cupp, Jr.

(Apr 7, 1948 to Jun 5, 2009)

Walter Z. Cupp, Jr., 61, of Haddon Heights (Walt) was a bright, easy-going husband, father, and friend who had a ready laugh and a warm, reassuring manner. He was happiest helping others and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, be it tinkering with his Ford Thunderbird, reeling in a Largemouth bass, catching a Phillies game, or relaxing with the history of the Revolutionary War – his furry companions, Sushi or Minah, always at his side. rnFamily came first for Walt. Married to his high school sweetheart, Sandra, their relationship grew stronger with each of their 42 years together. Walt was also a positive influence in his daughter, Crystina’s, life: coaching her softball team to victory, being present and forgiving, and imparting wisdom on everything from mutual funds to life: “the sooner you realize you’re not in control, the happier you’ll be”. More recently, Walt was delighted to welcome to his family a son-in-law, Evan Sturtevant of Seattle, and a grandson, Walter Lane Sturtevant, who at 6 months seems to have inherited his namesake’s easy laugh. rnWalt is also warmly remembered by his brother’s family, Carl and Jean Cupp, of Audubon, his former colleagues at American Honda Motor Company, Mt. Laurel (from which Walt, a graduate of Rowan University’s Business program, had retired as Manager after 39 years of service), and many more friends, family members, and neighbors whose lives he touched. rnJust as he embraced everyone, we embrace Walt in our hearts. In his presence, life was easier. Our family invites you to celebrate Walt’s life at a Memorial Mass, to be held 10 o’clock on 11 June 2009 at Saint Rose of Lima Church, 300 Kings Highway, Haddon Heights, NJ where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover St., Bldg #3, Hanover MA, 08339, Compassion for Camden, P.O. Box 2642, Cherry Hill NJ 08034 or a charity of your choice.

17 thoughts on “Walter Z Cupp, Jr.

  1. Greg Propes

    Walt was a man I admired and learned from. I value the lessons I learned, as he was always sharing moments and events of his life. The only thing he would never share with anyone, was what his middle initial Z. stood for. Looking back it does not matter because it was a enough just to spend a couple of years working together. rnrnGreg

  2. Gail

    When I think of Walt,it’s his humor that comes to mind first. He kept us in stitches with his stories.Sometimes he would be so animated his arms looked like windmills!Best stories were his DIY remodeling stories.Bob Vila was his hero.rnWhen anyone had family problems,he was always there with his arms around you showing you were not alone.rnHe is missed.

  3. Juan Streeter

    I will always remember Walt as a someone that made a difference in my life. I will always continue to reflect back on the many conversations and moments we shared togather. I miss my friend! Sandy, I wish you and your family the best during these tough times, my thoughts and prayers are with you.rnrnrnJuan Streeter

  4. Maryann and Jim Asher

    My fondest memories of Walt will always be those Vermont trips to Okemo in January in sub zero weather at Ellie’s Bed and Breakfast. Along with the Kitchmire’s, Boehmer’s and us, we laughed as we skied and played those crazy word games! Walt always had the most outrageous answers!(and believable) He was such a riot! You were something else! You and Sandy were such fun to be with! I will ski Okemo this year, Walt, and make a run for you! May your family remember all the good times you shared together forever. I will miss you! rnLove, Maryann and Jim Ocean City, NJ

  5. Judy Harrer

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Walt through American Honda. Walt was quite the character. He pulled many practical jokes on me and many others within Honda. I will always remember the stories. rnHe was the best!

  6. Sammy Tom

    I will always remember the first time I met Walt face to face; We had a meeting scheduled in his hometown / neck of the woods, my plane was delayed and I ended up getting their later than planned. The original plan was for someone to pick the group of us from the airport (of course we couldn’t arrive at the same time). After a long day at the part center, to my surprise, at 9 P.M. he was still waiting at the airport, bright eyed and full of energy and enthusiasm. He treated us like family. He was full of life and always wanted to do his best for everyone. From the get go… we hit it off. His stories would have me rolling in laughter within minutes of telling them. He was a generous, one-of-a-kind person who will be missed by me and many. rnrnI feel fortunate and honored to have met and worked with someone like Walt. He made a difference and those memories I will cherish. My deepest sympathy to the Cupp family for their loss.rnrn

  7. Susan Crank

    Walt was one of the “good ones”. Always a gentleman and always there with words of encouragement and praise. I will miss his wonderful smile. You were fortunate to have such a wonderful husband and father.rnSue CrankrnWindsor Locks Parts Center

  8. Tony Rivalsky

    What can I say about the sad news regarding Walt. I have been dealing with not hearing his voice every now and then, for the last 18 months and have kept him in my thoughts and prayers constantly. Walt was one of my Best Friends at AHM. We hit it off right from day one. It was always great to talk to him – to vent, to laugh and to solve all the worlds problems.rnrnWhen I think of Walt, one word comes to mind – Passion.rnWalt had a passion for family, work and most of all life. rnrnOver the last fifteen years I have accumulated many good memories of my friend Walt. I will truly miss him as his other friends and family will. rnrnMy heart goes out to Sandy, Crystina, Walt and Evan. I am sure there is an emptiness for his pets Sushi and Minah – I know how much he loved spending time with them. I am fortunate to have many memories of my interactions with Walt – I can honestly say that I am greatful for having the opportunity to get to know him as well as I did. rnrnMy condolences to all of his family and friends.

  9. Mike Tayloe

    When I started at Honda 20 yrs ago, Walt was one of the people I first met. Always friendly and interested. I was in the service div, he in parts. Had many good lunches together. I remember some funny stories over tuna fish. Years later my position at Honda was relocated to Cal. so I looked for a way to stay here and Walt brought me into the parts div. This was a big deal for me and my family. I will miss him and please accept my condolences.

  10. Wayne Cella

    Unlike so many others that had the fortune of knowing Walt, I only had a brief time with him. I came to American Honda only 6 years ago. When I was down and out, it was Walt who pulled me aside and spoke to me, not as a boss, but as a father would speak to their child. Walt genuinely cared and that is something I will never forget. The tough times went away, the memory of his warmth and compassion never has. And then there were the stories… I still laugh to this day about picturing Walt with a mattress strapped to the roof of the car, trying to get out of it, only to realize the sheets used to tie the mattress were preventing him from opening his door. My deepest condolences to the Cupp family. Walt will never be forgotten.

  11. Bob Braun

    Having worked with Walt over the years I was always impressed with his honesty and passion to do the right thing. He would sit and listen contently in meetings, taking it all in. Then when he spoke, you listened … he made sense! I will always admire Walt for this and his respect for everyone around him. He was a great man. My condolences to his family and friends.

  12. Lu Horner

    Reading all these happy memories and stories makes me glad to know that Walt made such a wonderful life for himself and his family and friends. I’m Walt’s first cousin and since I have lived my adult life in Colorado, I’ve been out of touch. I think the last time we spoke was at my Mom’s funeral. He made a special effort to come and see me then. Walt and Carl and I played together as children and I vividly remember a photo of him in his cowboy outfit. nnI’m so sorry for this terrible loss to everyone close to him. I am comforted to know how many lives he touched in such a positive way.

  13. George Kern

    Even though I knew Walt for a short time while working with him at American Honda. I will always remember his passion for the business and his practical jokes on many of us. My condolences to the family. He will be missed…

  14. Mark Seraydarian

    My wife Janis (Haverstick)and I both worked at Honda in NJ. She knew Walt before I did, and I started in 1984. We moved to California in 1991. Two sad days in our house were the day we first heard of his condition and then the day when we heard of his passing. I can say that Walt was one of the most honest and genuine human beings I have ever met. He was so passionate about what we were doing at Honda – and yes, he could get worked up at times. But when you were alone or in small groups with the real Walt the person, he was so kind and sincere and genuinely interested in how you were doing. Since I moved from my “home” at the “Moorestown” office, I would not see Walt very often. But every time I did, at a Mgr Meeting or something, there he’d be with that big smile and that Frito Bandito moustache, coming over to say ” Hey Pal, how are you doing out there in California? And how’s Janis? How big are the boys now? You still playing your horns?” EVERY time! I always loved the chance to see him again. Honda lost a great associate when Walt retired, and we all lost a great human being on Earth the day he passed. He is in the Lord’s hands now. Rest in peace. Mark Seraydarian

  15. Mike Hamburger

    I am so sorry to hear about Walts death He was such a great human being I have tried to get in touch with Walt after all these years He was a person I respected when I was young He helped me when I was at Haddon eights High school playing basketball He helped me get a job at Honda when I was a teenager I will always be thankful for his freindship I have moved to Florida 20 years ago but never have forgotten Mr Cupp I am so sorry for your loss Mike Hamburger

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