Ernest J. Caputo (1935 - 2017)

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Ernest J. Caputo, age 81, of Jenks Street, in Brookville, Pa., passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017, in the comfort of his home.
Ernie was born on Sept. 7, 1935, in Nocera, Terinese, which is a town and commune of the province of Cantanzaro in the Calabria region of southern Italy. His parents were the late Fredrick J. and Carmella (Mendicino) Caputo. Ernie migrated with his parents and brother to the United States in May of 1937. Ernie was married to Jean (Mason) Caputo; Jean preceded him in passing in 1992.
He served honorably with the United States Army and he had incredible faith as an active, daily Mass goer, attending the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Brookville, Pa.
Ernie can be remembered for many things, because he touched many lives, both locally and internationally. He was a world-renowned cook who was sought after by people from all four corners of our globe. He had an incredible business sense, a "hand of Midas" type reputation, especially when it came to cooking and hospitality services. Locally, Ernie and Jean were known and revered for the way they ran the Holiday Inn that was located just off the Allegheny Boulevard in Brookville, Pa. This became a local hot spot for the surrounding areas, and because of Ernie's international status, this hotel also brought many different well known and famous people to Brookville. Not only could he make foods that were tried and true, he had many of his own creations, "secret recipes", that people traveled to partake of.
His efforts throughout his life created opportunities and jobs for people wherever he went. He had properties and interests in many different countries and he would travel often to those places making sure they were clean, desirable, profitable, and an asset to the communities in which they were located. Many people will remember working under Ernie's leadership; they will remember a stern, but fair way of leading those he employed. He came from very humble beginnings and he was proud of what he did accomplish throughout his life. He was always dressed well and carried a friendly smile with him. He loved being around and entertaining people.
After retirement, cooking continued to be his passion. He looked forward to holidays and Sunday dinners, which gave him the chance to cook for his family and close friends. It was intimidating to make something and take to him as part of a meal; he was a harsh critic with his closest friend's food creations, but his advice helped them to become better cooks themselves. In his later years, Ernie's garage became his sanctuary, his castle, where he continued entertaining. He also was a very knowledgeable gun enthusiast. This is a hobby that he shared with his sons, he loved going with them target shooting and gun shopping. Ernie loved his family, he made that known through a lifetime of hard work in providing for them, daily contact concerned with their well-being, and through his cooking talent which he used to bless their lives. Ernie will be remembered in our little community as a leader, innovator, creator, and above these things, a friend.
Ernie is survived by two sons, Anthony (Sharon) Caputo, and Robert (Karen) Caputo; four grandchildren: Joseph Caputo, Nina Caputo, Nicholas Caputo, and Austin Caputo; one great-grandchild, Leah Caputo. Family and friends will be received on Monday, April 17, 2017, from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m., at the McKinney–d'Argy Funeral Home, ltd, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 129 Graham Ave., Brookville, PA 15825, beginning at 10 a.m., and officiated by Ernie's dear friend, Father William Laska. Ernie will be laid to rest beside his wife at the St. Mary's Cemetery, Rose Twp., Jefferson County, Pa., with military honors being performed.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to , 600 Waterfront Dr. #210, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Published in The Courier Express on Apr. 15, 2017
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