James L. Cappelluti, age 74, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Hinds Hospice in Fresno, Ca. after a short battle with cancer. Jim was born on October 17, 1939, at Dearborn Hospital to Leo and Dolly Cappelluti. His family lived in Madera for many years and were active in the community and with many service organizations. Jim graduated from Madera High School in 1957, and was both a percussionist and drum major of the Madera High School Marching Band. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army National Guard and attended classes at Fresno City College before embarking on an impressive 40 plus year career as a salesman with both Scott Paper and Central Sanitary Supply, where he was respected as a mentor to the new sales representatives. He was active in the local chapter of the Y.M.I and had recently rekindled his passion for his faith. Jim's love of cars was legendary and he spent countless hours restoring classic cars. He was well known for his candor and was always willing to lend a piece of loving advice to his friends and family. Jim was preceded in death by his first wife Royann; as well as his mother and father, Leo and Dolly Cappelluti; and his in-laws, Roy and Grace Sordi. He is survived by his second wife, Susan Venturi-Cappelluti; his brother, Rodney Cappelluti; his sons, Bret and Jeff Cappelluti; his daughter-in-law, Stephanie Cappelluti; his grandchildren, Isabella and Christopher Cappelluti; his step-children, Andrea Clarke and her husband Brad, Peter and Patrick Venturi; and step-grandchildren, Mikaila, Peter, Cade, and Lexia Venturi, and Nicco Clarke. A Vigil Service will be held at Jay Chapel, 1121 Roberts Ave, Madera, CA, on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Joachim's Catholic Church in Madera, CA, on Friday, August 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Interment Service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Madera. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made in Jim's memory to Hinds Hospice in Fresno, CA; or to Saint Joachim's Church Building Fund. Jay Chapel, 1121 Roberts Avenue, Madera, California (559)674-8814
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Aug. 27, 2014