Jonathan N. Cappello

Garden City, New York


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An Open Invitation
Jonathan N. Cappello always ‹ even as a child ‹ invited people into his parents' Garden City home, first to mooch food prepared by his mother and, in later years, to hang out for pizza, wings and beer. Although Mr. Cappello, 23 and the youngest of three boys, could get away with anything, older brothers Jamey and Robert say, his nickname was a result of being told no.

"First it was, 'Jonathan, no. Jonathan, no you can't do that,' " said Mr. Cappello's mother, Claudia. "Then it got to be, 'Jon, no.' Then it got to be 'Jono.' "

That was the name used by his friends, many of whom played basketball with Mr. Cappello at a nearby school. Tall, lanky and quick, Mr. Cappello would never call a foul, his brother Jamey said. "He'd pretty much play and make shots with people ‹ including me ‹ bashing his arms. He just figured it was a playground."

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Hi, Jonno! Sorry I am late with my entry, I have been busy this year. But I still remembered you! another year has gone by so fast, and the crisp, cool autumn air and colorful autumn leaves are here again! I truly love living here in Illinois, my fist full year here has been awsum! The best to you and your family, too, especially your remarkable cousin Julia! Love Sarah Floyd!

I climbed a flight of stairs again for you Jono.

Happy 41st birthday Jono! We love you.

Happy Birthday Buddy!

While we never met, Jonathan, I got to know you through the undying love of your parents and family. I continue to hold all of you close to my heart as the years pass and we all get a little closer to being with you and my daughter, Jenna, in the Great Beyond.

Thinking of you today.

Holding you and your family in my heart, today and forever. Sending love, Dr. Ken Druck

Happy 40th Birthday Jono! Love you!

Dear Jono
Another year has gone by and so much has happened! My mom and me are now living in Illinois-and loving it! I am having so much fun in our new life and home, yet I still remembered to come here today and write to you! You and your remarkable cousin Julia are in my memory forever! Love to you both, and God bless you all!