Pasquale Capilungo

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The World's Greatest Pasquale "Patsy" Capilungo, our angel here on Earth, was called home to the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Frances A. Pirillo Capilungo, and will be laid to rest on her birthday.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Natale (DiRiggi) Capalongo. As a boy, he ran away to join the Ringling Brother's Circus where he performed as a clown, before being brought home by a Scranton police detective. He attended West Scranton High School, where he was proud to be the president of its first class, before leaving early to enlist in the military. He finally received his WSHS diploma in 2000 at age 81. He led a very full life, which included more than 17 years of service in the Army/Air Force, where he first was a pilot before his talent for performing was discovered. He was sent to Special Services to entertain the troops at home and overseas. Despite offers to pursue the spotlight in Hollywood, upon retirement from the military, he chose to return home and start a family with his beloved wife. He started Capilungo Refuse Hauling and was the sole operator of three trucks that he named Fran, Natalie and Mary Jo, after his wife and daughters. Throughout his life, he was a very active member of St. Lucy's Church, where he put on many fundraising minstrel shows. He was also a member of several circus clubs, including the Circus Model Builders of America, and had an extensive circus memorabilia and elephant collection.

Also surviving are two daughters, Natalie Thompson and husband, Michael, Springfield Twp.; and Mary Jo Noone and husband, Robert, Scranton; two sisters, Jennie Fomous and Gemma Giordano, both of Scranton; five grandchildren, Nichole Thompson, Gina Ragan and husband, Paul; and Michael Thompson, all of Springfield Twp.; Rob Noone and wife, Kaley; and Pat Noone, all of Scranton; three great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, including the Gerrity's employees who lovingly referred to him as Uncle Pat.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Neil, Joseph, Nicholas, and Anthony; and three sisters, Fanny Napolitano, Antoinette Vitale and Nancy Fumanti.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Patrick F. Guido Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Lucy's Church, 949 Scranton St., Scranton. Entombment with military honors, Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum, Scranton. Everyone attending the funeral is kindly asked to proceed directly to the church.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Please visit www.patrick guidofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 14, 2014