Louis F. Cappelli Sr.
1934 - 2015
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Louis F. Cappelli Sr.

AGE: 80 Years • Collingswood, formerly Camden

On February 12, 2015; Beloved husband of 53 years to Patricia (nee Dragone); Devoted father of Louis Cappelli Jr., Esquire, Lynne Ann and her husband Dr. Joseph Sireci; Cherished grandfather of Louis III, Gabrielle, John, Zachary, Julia, Mia & Joseph; Dear brother of Ida Fortini & Gloria Cappelli ; Caring brother in law to Irene & Jerry McKee; Predeceased by his late sisters Connie DiGiacomo & Virginia Fanelli; Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews & wonderful friends.

Prior to retirement, Louis was employed for BHPRSD with Triton High School for 34 years. He began as Vice Principal and spent his remaining 24 years at the school as Principal. Louis was a proud member and past President of the Order Sons of Italy Lodge 494 and the State Lodge. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy School of Camden County. Louis was a Board of Trustees member of Camden County College, and lastly served as a past President of the Collingswood Board of Education. Louis was well known and loved by many. His family will forever hold onto the memories of his love of his Italian culture and the enjoyment of making homemade wine. FAMILY was everything to him.

Relatives & friends are invited to the Visitation & Funeral on Monday from 6 to 9 PM and Tuesday from 9:45AM to 10:45 AM at the Blessed of Teresa Calcutta Parish-St. John's Church location, 809 Park Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM. Entombment Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Louis F Cappelli, Sr. Scholarship Fund c/o 1st Colonial Community Bank 1040 Haddon Ave Collingswood, NJ 08108. Funeral services under the care of Falco CARUSO & Leonard Funeral Homes www.CARU SOCARE.com




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Published in Courier Post from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2015.
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February 26, 2015
Louis, rest in the peace of our Lord. You are remembered with great love and respect by all the lives you have touched during your very productive life. GOd bless and keep you

Maureen LaMarra
Maureen LaMarra
February 24, 2015
Patty, Lou, & Lynn Ann,
We are sorrowed at Lou's passing. He was a wonderful role model. If you look up Italian Family in the dictionary, there would be a picture of your family. What a wonderful family to be a part of. May the children continue to remember what their grandfather stood for and his beloved heritage. They are such wonderful young people. Lou will be greatly missed.
Peter Donato
February 21, 2015
We were sadden to hear of Mr. Cappelli's passing. My God surround you with His love and understanding. We are sorry for your loss. The McCoy's--Niccy, Wesley, Jim and family(Neighbors on Woodlawn Terrace, Colls)
February 21, 2015
So sorry to hear about this. He was a great person
Jim Bleidorn
February 18, 2015
Dear Lou,
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. There's no shortage of kind words that everyone has for your Dad; and may they put a smile on your face every time you think of him.

Mark Neisser
February 18, 2015
To the family of Mr. Cappelli, my sincerest prayers are with you. I was a '73 graduate of Triton High School. My mother Mrs. Colavito and Mr. Cappelli were good friends during my 4-years at Triton. We shared with him our passion for our Italian heritage. My mom had him over for dinner a few times, that's the kind of guy he was. I have fond memories of him. He always had his 'eye' on me, making sure I stayed out of trouble. This world has lost a good man, but heaven has gained a 'great' man. God bless you. Maria Colavito
February 17, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Your father was a great principal and man.

Rick Noce & Family
February 17, 2015
There are no set of words better than the ones listed below to describe a man that was kind, considerate, just a phone call away and willing to help if and when he could. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cappelli some years ago and I always remembered that "twinkle" he had in his eyes. He made everyone feel comfortable, important and welcomed. The world has been blessed for having this man as a friend and his family was so lucky to have him. Rest in peace, Mr. Cappelli and on angels wings may you soar to a better place until we all meet again.
Bill & Joan Murray
February 17, 2015
My deepest condolences to your entire family at this time. His smile lit the room, and the entire Triton High School when he walked the halls! Truly an Awesome guy, my deepest sympathy to the entire family, and God Bless Mr. Cappelli.
Frances Simpson
February 17, 2015
Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time. I hope that your fond memories will, in time, help ease the sadness of your loss. Sincerely, Andy Kricun
February 17, 2015
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Trish & Chris O'Donnell & Family
February 17, 2015
Lynne & family,
So sorry for your loss.Mr. Cappelli was an admirable man who inspired many.He will be greatly missed.
Robert Braunwarth
February 17, 2015
Mr. Capelli was a such a beautiful person that will truly be missed! He was an inspiration and a shoulder to cry on for so many students at Triton High. He was just a wonderful person to be around. Our prayers and thoughts are sent the Capelli Family. God Bless!
- Mr. Thomas Hoffman(Triton Class of '94) and Mrs. Pamela (Mazzarella) Hoffman (Class of '97)
Thomas Hoffman
February 17, 2015
He wasn't only a Principal but a friend. He always shown care and concern for his students and parents. I had many sessions with him and his compassion was greatly appreciated, especially when I was going through some hard times. He will always be remembered as a Great Gentleman
February 17, 2015
What a testimony to a man that so many people remember him with love and respect. A graduate of the Class of '70 from TRHS, I remembered Mr. Cappelli to be fair, funny, friendly, his office always open to any of us who had needed him (for anything), strict, disciplined, and a man who held the school together! I work in education and I can say unequivocally that if more principals were now like Mr. Cappelli was then, there would be far more success and harmony in our schools! Rest in peace, Mr. Cappelli. You were one of the greats and will be missed!
Luci (Sturtevant) Koban
February 17, 2015
what a great man he was the best principal ever he will be greatly missed he brought much joy to all.
Myles Buckley
February 17, 2015
Mr. Cappelli was a great friend to the Collingswood Fire Department and its members. He will be sorely missed.

The Collingswood Fire Department
Keith Davis
February 17, 2015
Sorry for your loss. May his Soul rest in peace.
william mignone
February 16, 2015
Every day was a pep rally with Mr. Cappelli. Our time together at Triton was always filled with enthusiasm, energy, and a contagious spirit that kept the best interests of the students first. Administration, faculty, and staff worked as one under his leadership. It was truly a special place, with special people and an extraordinary leader. He will always be in our hearts. Thanks to his family for allowing him to be the Leader of our Triton Family.
Phil and Pat Petitte, Huntsville Texas
February 16, 2015
Lynn and family, I am so sorry for your loss, your face lit up every time his name was mentioned, I am so honored to have him as a Principle and having my girls meet him last year, he was a great man
Donna Dougherty
February 16, 2015
A very outstanding and respectful man Mr.Cappelli. I was one of the students at Trition High School class of 76. Mr. Cappelli was well respected for the time that I knew him. The high schools of today should all have principals like him. He projected an authority about him that made a great mentor for lots of us. We will miss him greatly.God Bless you.
John Nichols
February 16, 2015
Dear Lynne and family, We can't express how sorry we are for the sudden loss of your dad. Your dad was such a loving, kind and happy person with a beautiful smile. His good spirit shines through his family. May God Bless you all as you go through this very difficult time of your lives. Love, Denise, Jim, Jimmy and Jenny Walsh xo
Denise Walsh
February 16, 2015
Lou; It was a shock to hear of your Dad's passing. We both felt He will be missed as friend and gentleman. Such a kind and great man, may our thoughts and prayers be with you and and all your family. George & Pat Jones
February 16, 2015
I still can remember Mr. Cappelli at the prep rallies he was a really great principal and full of energy. Many fond memories of him.
Aimee Peters
February 16, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Aimee Peters
February 16, 2015
It was an honor and a pleasure to be a member of Mr.Cappelli's staff for 25 years at Triton High School. He was a mentor who was honest, caring, and down to earth. A true professional who truly cared about his "Triton Family", both students and staff. His enthusiasm was contagious. He will be missed! Mrs. Cappelli, Louis, Lynn, and Family, our deepest sympathies! Gary and Kathy McGaurn
February 16, 2015
Lynne I am very sorry to hear about your fathers passing our thoughts and prayers go out to you and you family.
Drew Simpson
February 16, 2015
My deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Cappelli, he was a kind man and a great neighbor. Our thoughts are with you and specially with Mrs. Cappelli during this hard moments.
Sabrina Hincapie Espinosa
February 16, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Cappelli Sr. and family. Lou was a remarkable individual who shared the best of himself with his community. Thank you for enriching our lives. You are missed and will never be forgotten.

The Patruno Family

Staff of Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Nunzio Patruno
February 16, 2015
Lou and family I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of your Father.Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Charmaine Panichi
February 16, 2015
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Agnes Bratton
February 16, 2015
The world has lost someone very special. Mr. Cappelli's fculty, staff and students held him in the greatest respect and affection. Mr.C taught so many life lessons to all who knew him! He was an educational leader and mentor like no other.
Sincere sympathy,
Patty DiPatri Breunich
February 16, 2015
Lou and Family; So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Great guy and a gentleman who's presence made the world a better place. He and your mom used to come into our store and visit especially at the Christmas holidays.
Bill and Charlotte Devereaux
February 16, 2015
This world could use a lot more people like him in it! Mr. Cappelli was the coolest principal ever. He even went on our senior class trip with all of us, which at that time included kids from Triton and Highland combined. He was a ray of sunshine, and respected and loved by all the kids in school.
Lynne Shaw-Freemon
February 16, 2015
Lou you were the man who made Triton be the Best! You were the inspiration for all who worked with you and for you. I only hope and pray that your grandchildren know how blessed to have shared you with all.
February 16, 2015
Lou was a joy to be with at all of Renee & Jerry's family functions through the years. He was easy to talk, so funny & always had a big smile & hug for me. My prayers go out to Pat, Louis, Lynne Ann, Joe & all of his family. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Valerie Hearn (Weir)
February 16, 2015
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Rose Garrett
February 16, 2015
My Deepest Condolence to a great Man that raised a wonderful family. Mr. Cappelli (Lou) was truly blessed by God as he walked through life "Spreading SUNSHINE". This phrase best describes Lou and the way he lived his life. He would never end a conversation unless you had a "Smile" on your face. He touched each person individually and always made you feel like a million bucks. You will be missed with love and respect.

"La famiglia tutto e amore a tutti"
Philip Valianti
February 15, 2015
Mr. Cappelli was the best. He knew all the kids in the school by name and if something was bothering them he tried to help in anyway he could..He was a wonderful man that loved all of us and we knew it. We were family to him. There will never be another Principle-Vice principle that will ever meet his caring ways.. WE love you Mr Cappelli and will never for get you.. RIP
Jeanette Sanitate
February 15, 2015
Mr Louis Cappelli it was a pleasure having you as our principle and always seeing your lovely smile as we walk through the halls of Triton Regional High Memories of the class of 1977 Condolences go out to your family and may your soul rest in peace god bless.
Jacqueline (Rebyak) Higgins
February 15, 2015
Mr. Cappelli exuded enthusiasm and sincerity. You knew that he really cared, really wanted you to succeed, really wished for you even more than you may have wished for yourself at that time. Today he could have easily become an academic You Tube sensation with his infectious smile and his inspiring passion! A consummate professional, a GREAT Principal, and a true gentleman. Thank you for giving all of yourself to your students Mr. Cappelli. You were one of a kind.
Doug Hertler
February 15, 2015
I have to say that mr c was a remarkable person to a lot of the students at triton He was a true leader and a reminder of what's possible. I was at the thanksgiving game and had the pleasure of seeing him, as always still with that great smile and happy to see you. Thanks for all you have given us class of 77
Julie Fitzpatrick (Binck)
February 15, 2015
Mr. Capelli My your soul Rest in Peace there is no question that you will be sent directly to heaven, there is a special place there for you. you were one of a kind such a true gentleman, leader, role model to so many and on top of everything a person that cared about each and every student and person you touched. You will be truley missed. May God Bless your soul.
Phil Ritz
February 15, 2015
I worked in Mr. Cappelli's office in my jr. and sr. yrs. He always had a hand on the pulse of Triton. Always kind, words of knowledge and handled every problem with concern and care. He always remembered me when I would see him around and he always was a happy person. My prayers are with your family. I will never forget him.
Vicki Mayes Fiorelli
February 15, 2015
So sorry to hear of Lou's passing Peace to his Wife and Family.
Bill More'
February 15, 2015
Lou, since his days at Camden HS was a genuine friend of our family.
Every visit with him was special and a joy. Louis and his dear wife 'kept an eye' for many years for me on my widowed late Mom, who lived across the street in Collingswood.
Luigi was a good, generous and wise Man, a devout Catholic & proud American. We are blessed he was here.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord
Joe C. Franchetti
February 15, 2015
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear husband and father, Louis. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I have cherished memories of the fun times with you in Anglesea, North Wildwood. May you Rest in Peace, Lou.
Sandy Dailey
February 15, 2015
William Mignone
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Cappelli Family. Sorry for your loss. Louis Cappelli Sr was a wonderful person. He is in God's hands now and may his sole rest in peace.
William Mignone
February 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to the Cappelli family at this sad time.I will never forget the wonderful smile Mr Cappelli had everyday.He was such a nice man.God Bless you
Dawn Zurinski (Capobianco)
February 15, 2015
Patty, Louis, Lynne Ann and family -
We were blessed to have Lou in our lives. He was always kind, funny and supportive. We have many fond memories growing up. We love him and will miss him very much.
In love and sympathy,
Robert, Lisa, Andrea and Paula Settanni.
February 15, 2015
My sympathy to Mr. Cappelli's family. Please always be proud of what he meant to so many of us at Triton.
Susan (Venella) Berrane ''75
February 15, 2015
I was glad to have met this wonderful man. Thank you to the Sons of Italy for allowing us to be a friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Tony Benevento
Padre Pio Lodge #2350
Anthony Benevento
February 15, 2015
Mr. Cappelli was Triton High School. He was a special man a great leader,he wore his heart on his sleeve. I just saw him at my 25th Reunion he was the same spark a ray of light. Will be very missed and The best at Triton. Class of 89.
Stephanie Osmanski Beeston
February 15, 2015
A wonderful man who raised a wonderful son. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cappelli family. A true asset to the town of Collingswood.
February 15, 2015
RIP Mr. Cappelli. You were always a gentlemen and our Triton spirit.Sending our deepest thoughts and prayers to your family at this trying time.
Brett and Lee Ann Errickson
February 15, 2015
Good Man RIP !
Anthony D'amato
February 15, 2015
"I will never forget our work together at Triton High School.He was the greatest man I have ever worked with!" I will miss his e-mails to me...
Oliver Giorgi Sr.
February 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Cappelli family and Triton alumni. Uncle Lou inspired the Stangs
to do our best, he will never be forgotten. Class of 1978
Joe Davis
February 15, 2015
Ten years after I graduated Triton Mr Cappelli was there to swear me in at the Sons of Italy in Paulsboro. It was an honor for me to be able to say I knew the then and now. Rest in peace Lou!
Robert Lexa
February 15, 2015
Mr. Cappelli Thank you for touching my life. I hope I can pay forward all that you have taught me.
Sherry Sauer
February 15, 2015
Rest in peace Lou. It was a pleasure to work for you for so many great years at Triton. Thoughts and prayers to the family at this difficult time.
Joann and Bob Smith, Estero,Florida..
Joann and Bob Smith
February 15, 2015
Your dad will be greatly missed! He always had a smile on his face and kind words to say. He loved you all so much.
Laura Ogden
February 15, 2015
One of the reasons I became a teacher. He always cared about every student at Triton. He will be missed. God Bless.
Heather Whalin
February 15, 2015
Mr. Cappelli, you were such a ray of sunshine everyday!!!!! We were so lucky to have known you, even for a short while!
Colleen Mazzoni (McGovern)
February 15, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Cappelli family. Mr.C was the best principal Triton Highschool had the devotion and love he had for all his students was so known. The pep rally and red shirts we will never forget. Still till this day his name gets brought up in conversations. . He was the Best and influenced and touched so many lives.
Danyel Deuter-Lower. (class of 93)
February 14, 2015
Rest in peace Mr Capelli.
Gary Lazo
February 14, 2015
Mr. Capelli was a enthusiastic and dedicated educator. He was determined to have each of his students make the most of their high school experience. By the time you were a senior, you felt like everyone was a member of his Triton family and he was the patriarch. ~Ed Kitchenman Class of 1982
Ed Kitchenman
February 14, 2015
Condolences to the Capelli family for their loss.
Gary Spewak
February 14, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Mr. Cappelli was an amazing man. Always brought people together. He loved his students unconditionally. Glad I got to know him when I was in school at Triton! God bless you all!
Frank Schmitt
February 14, 2015
Mr. Cappelli...you were a wonderful man, teacher and principal. You touched so many lives at Triton. I will always remember your infectious smile and tremendous enthusiasm. I was lucky to have known you. Rest in peace Mr. C. It is comforting to know that you are smiling down on all of us. Class of 92.
Adina Kerr (Sgrignuoli)
February 14, 2015
A truly great principal! Paul Brein Class of'75
February 14, 2015
Lynn
I am so sorry to hear about your father. He is a Triton legend. Everyone has so many wonderful things to say about him. My prayers are with you and your family.
Leanne Shine
February 14, 2015
From all the past football players that remember his pep talks before any of the "Big games" or especially against Highland, his pregame speeches were never forgotten. We could've taken on anybody and he probably was ready to go without pads as well! We know he cared and he was always there years after and as others have said recent reunions.
Always remembered and never forgotten. Thanks for caring.
February 14, 2015
Noone could have been a greater classmate than Louis at Camden High.At every reunion he would sing to me the songs we sang together in "Good News".
There was never a day that I saw him in school where he wasn't smiling, laughing and optimistic about life!What a magnificent LIFE FORCE he was.My loving condolences to the family.
Harold Rutenberg, Class of '52
February 14, 2015
Whenever we get together and talk about our high school years Mr Cappellis name always came up. His passion for his students was evident in his smile and his willingness to listen dispite the fact I'm sure he had a full plate of issues he needed to attend to. He made the pep rallies fun even if we tried to act to cool for them. Rest well Mr C and when it's my time I know you will be there to greet me by name with that great smile. The Class of 73 salutes you.
Elizabeth Anzalone
February 14, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Mr Cappelli was a wonderful and high spirited principal. He touched so many lives.
Kristi Schaff
February 14, 2015
You couldn't help but love him! A gentleman and a scholar who truly cared! He will be sorely missed.
Helen Albright troxell
February 14, 2015
Cappelli Family... We are so sorry for your loss. What a great guy Lou was. He will truly be missed.
Gina and Dave Postiglione. (Gagliardi)
February 14, 2015
Mr. Capella always had a smile and a kind word for everybody. As a member of the Class of 1969 I would like to say that he made all of us want to be a better person.
Charles K. Montecino
February 14, 2015
My condolences to Pat and family. You were such great neighbors and friends to my parents. What a loss of a wonderful man.
Robin Zeff Kushner
February 14, 2015
RIP Mr. Cappelli. You were a great principal for Triton High School and you make sure you knew all of your students there too. My prayers go out to your family and friends who had the honor to know you. You will be surely missed by all. Dolores DiOrio
February 14, 2015
TRHS Class of 71- Mr C. was a caring, helpful, and nice man. I remember his watchful eye on Lynne while she was the little cheerleader mascot at football games. Rest in peace.
Nancy Kitchenman Karsner
February 14, 2015
Cappelli Family:
My deepest sympathy.
Joseph Albanese
February 14, 2015
RIP Mr. Capelli for a job well done....You were a wonderful principal. You made a difference in many lives, including mine. Triton High School, Class of 1981. Deepest sympathy to your family.
Rose Boehm
February 14, 2015
We were truly blessed to know you.
Our hearts are with Patty, his son Louis, Lynne and Joseph asd of course all his grandchildren.
You left a remarkable impact on this world, your family and friends.
It was a pleasure to know you Lou.
Constance Stanchak
February 14, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to Mrs Cappelli and the rest of the
family. Mr and Mrs Cappelli accompanied a group of Language students and teachers from Highland & Triton High Schools to Italy. I
was one of those lucky participants as a Spanish teacher from Highland. We had such a great trip with the Cappellis. Now our daughter is an educator of Art, Computer Graphics & Photography at Triton.
May he rest in peace.
Phyllis Omenson
February 14, 2015
He was simply THE BEST!
MIKE MARKELLOS
February 14, 2015
Mr. Capelli was a great principal, and a kind, warm person. He is the one who taught us school spirit. I'll never forget him leading us all in the alma mater and his "Gimme a T!" spelling out of Triton at every pep rally. I have wonderful memories of Mr. Capelli. My condolences to his family.
Amy Antolik Blacker
February 14, 2015
Enjoyed Mr. Capelli as principal at Triton. He even came to our 30 year reunion 10 years ago. It was great seeing him. RIP.
February 14, 2015
Mr. Cappelli was the best principal at Triton. You would always see him and his beautiful wife at every reunion. We will always remember his smile and dedication. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
Jeannie(Fabiano)Nunes ..Gary Nunes
February 14, 2015
My condolences for the Cappelli family. Mr. Cappelli was a wonderful and inspiring principal. I'll never forget him over the loud speaker, "It's Red Shirt Day!" He was so involved. Thank you Mr. Cappelli you will be missed. God Bless.
Christina Foley
February 14, 2015
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Cappelli family. Mr. Cappelli was a wonderful educator, family man and community leader. Rest in Peace.
The Waters Family
February 14, 2015
RIP Mr. Cappelli. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cappelli family. He always had a smile on his face and always stopped to talk every time I saw him. The world lost a beautiful person.
Janis Danielewicz
February 14, 2015
RIP Mr. Cappelli. My thoughts ad prayers are with the Cappelli family. He always had a smile on his face and always stopped and talked whenever I would see him. The world just lost a beautiful person.
February 14, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Cappelli family. Mr. Cappelli had such an enthusiasm and always had a smile for the kids at Triton. He was awesome at the pep rallies where he would bring the student body together and we would sing Triton's anthem right along with him. Rest in peace Mr. Cappelli.
February 14, 2015
Louis F. Cappelli SR. a wise leader and mentor to many. He will be missed.
John Golden
John Golden
February 14, 2015
Pat and family we are so sorry to hear of Lou's passing. It was always great to see you and Lou at our reunions Class of 1954, Camden High School.
You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Eleanor and Dominick Perice
Marlton, NJ
Eleanor Perice
February 14, 2015
Sending our love to the Capelli family. I have been sharing with my children how blessed I was to have him as my principal. I don't think there will be another like him. He was full of spirit, kindness, and joy! He made our school a place of unity. So happy that I got to see him last fall at our 25th reunion. He hadn't changed a bit and was still so full of spirit. He will always have a place in our hearts!
Rebecca Johnson
February 14, 2015
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Ellen Tonsberg
February 14, 2015
My prayers are with your family..what a loss of a good man and dedicated principal.
Nancy Sousa
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