Arthur DiCapua

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DiCAPUA, ARTHUR Arthur DiCapua, 96, of Harwich, MA and formerly of New Haven and Branford, died peacefully on December 29, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich. Arthur is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis, along with his children, Pamela DiCapua and husband James O’Connor of Sandwich, MA; Ralph DiCapua and wife Marie Pace of Storrs, CT; Charles and wife Laura Fasona of Hardwick, MA; Patricia Julianelli and husband Charles of Fort Myers, FL; and Elaine Simons of North Haven, CT ; eight grandchildren, Aaron Crosby, Rachel O’Connor, Athena Simpson, Catherine Minichino, Patricia Julianelli, Lisa Castelli, Marla Whalen, Glen Zullo, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Lenore Howard and Natalie Marra; nieces, Julia McDonnell, Doloris Lockert, Joan Dilver, Marie Romano, Barbara Criscuolo; nephews, Christopher Howard and Gray Chieppo; and sister-in-law Priscilla Barnes. He was predeceased by his brothers, Charles, Ralph and Louis DiCapua; Sisters, Anne Chieppo, Theresa DiCapua and Grace DiCapua. The son of the late Christopher and Fortuna (Gallo) DiCapua, Arthur was born, raised and attended Schools in New Haven, CT. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the American Theater, Asian Pacific and during the Korean War, was stationed at the Amphibious Base in Norfolk, VA. Having completed active duty, he rejoined his family’s restaurant in New Haven; followed by managing then owning a delicatessen store, also in New Haven. In 1957, Arthur moved to Branford, CT; raising and educating his family; and spending summers on Cape Cod at their home in Dennisport. Upon his retirement in 1980, he moved to Harwich, where over a period of fifteen years, was employed by the Town of Harwich as a gardener for the Cranberry Golf Course. Arthur was a highly respected gardener. Through many years of planting flower, shrub, and vegetable gardens, he cultivated immeasurable beauty, grew an abundance of food and created good will for his family, his community, and beyond. The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the staff at the McCarthy Care Center for their loving care in Arthur’s final days. A private interment will be held in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. A celebration of Arthur’s life with family friends will be held at a later date. Donations in Arthur’s memory can be made to the McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Rd, East Sandwich, MA 02537. Arrangements under the care of Hallett Funeral Home, South Yarmouth, MA. www.hallettfuneralhome.com
Published in The New Haven Register on Feb. 2, 2014
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