William D. Capodanno, Sr. (“Bill”) 77, of Mountainside passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Mountainside Rescue Squad for their dedicated service.
Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who found great joy in helping others. He believed that to be successful in life one must always make the most of every experience and do your best. His passions included baseball, golf, boating, a good dish of pasta, and above all else, spending time with his family. Bill leaves behind a legacy of patriotism, compassion, generosity, hard work, loyalty and devotion to his family.
Born in Newark, NJ Bill was the eldest child of Albert and Lousie Capodanno. Bill had a passion for baseball and played for the Newark Bears before enlisting in the US Navy. He proudly served his country during the KoreanWar. After receiving an honorable discharge, he earned his electrical license and went on to serve as the President and CEO of Capodanno Electric, located in Cranford, NJ, for the past 53 years. Deeply rooted in his Catholic faith, Bill was an honorary Knight of Malta and a long time member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Bill was the past President of the Colonia Country Club as well as the Northern New Jersey Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Bill served on the board of National Cooley’s Anemia Foundation and Make A Wish Foundation among other commitments
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Kathleen; beloved children William, Jr. and his wife Krista, Jeanie DeVincenzo and her husband Dom, Giancarlo and Katie Claire; six grandchildren Benjamin, Julia, Annabella, Domenick, William and Chiara; sisters Joan Sabarese and Debbie Barny and his loyal canine companion Joey.