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Walter Capella


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Walter Charles Capella

On July 10th, 2018, after an amazing life, Lt. Commander Walter Charles Capella peacefully said goodbye to his loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Carmen. Devoted father of Linda (Dave Parenti), Walter Jr. (Marcie) and Randal "Rocky" (Yvette) Capella. Adored and proud grandfather of Julie Parenti, Lori Parenti, Samantha Capella, Kristen (Frank Montes) Cody and Kylie Capella, and great grandfather to Lucca Pasero and Sophie Montes. He is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins. The family thanks Loloma Lehauli, for her loving and loyal care over the last year. Thank you also to Mission Hospice and Elizabeth Craig.
Walter was born in San Francisco, July 3rd, 1921 to Rose and Charles Capella and was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother Raymond and sister, Elaine, "Ducky". A college graduate of St. Mary's, he joined the Navy in June of 1942. A proud Naval Air veteran of 30 years, Dad very seldom talked about his military service, although reliving many fascinating stories during his time in Hospice. He was a fighter pilot who survived 3 crashes, a navy boxer with a 15-1 record, a flight instructor before they called them "Top Guns", and a Brown Belt in Martial Arts. But most of all, he was a man of honor and integrity who always led by example.
After his retirement from the Navy, Dad worked for Fuller Obrien company for more than 25 years. He was devoted to his Catholic faith and was a dedicated member of St. Robert's Church in San Bruno. A truly amazing Husband, Father and "grandpa", Dad will be remembered for his positive attitude, outlook on life, and for the three things most important to Dad was Family, God, and, Country.
Dad led a full life and leaves behind a legacy of beautiful memories for all of us. We are beyond grateful that he was a part of our lives for so many years. He will be greatly missed by all of us who had the honor to know him, especially his best friend and pug companion, "Snookie".
Family and friends may visit on Monday, July 16, 2018 after 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM at the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, El Camino Real at 194 Millwood Drive in Millbrae. Proceeding to Saint Robert Catholic Church, 1380 Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno where the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM. Committal will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.
If you'd like to make a donation in Dad's name, please consider St. Robert's Catholic School or Mission Hospice.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 13, 2018
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