In 1970, Coccaro founded North State Custom, a Mercedes, BMW and Tesla certified shop in Bedford Hills, NY. North State was known for quality and integrity, and also for a protracted lawsuit waged against Progressive Insurance. Many saw it as a selfless fight for the industry and independent repairers. Search "Coccaro" on Autobody News for more on the Progressive suit.
Coccaro's Facebook page contains tributes from his many friends and colleagues, including the following statement posted by North State:
"The Automotive Industry has lost a great Friend, Mentor, and Ally. Gregory Coccaro Sr. was a beloved father, grandfather, husband and friend who did what he could to help others. His courage, inspiration, and dedication has forever changed the Collision Industry. You will be dearly missed. RIP Gregory Coccaro. You will forever be in our Hearts!"