In Loving Memory of Albert J. Cappelloni

Albert J. Cappelloni

Albert J. Cappelloni

Scranton, PA September 18, 1927 ~ May 18, 2017 Date of Service: May 23, 2017

Albert Jerome Cappelloni, 89, of Scranton, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, May 18, 2017­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­.
He was born in Scranton on Sept. 18, 1927, the oldest son of Anita Ambrosini Cappelloni and Dominick Cappelloni. He graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1945 and then served in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge as a seaman second class in 1946. He then entered the University of Scranton and Penn State University, graduating in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Al was blessed throughout his life with good fortune from the day he was born. He was deeply loved by his parents and throughout his life. He was always surrounded by a large extended family who cared for him. In 1952 his good fortune continued as he married Geva Minelli, who continued to care for him for the next 63 years. Al and Geva set up residence in Scranton, where they raised their six children. They were active members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish until its closure, when they joined Ss. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore.
He was well respected professionally; he worked his way up to be a partner in the engineering firm of Bellante and Clauss, retiring in 1992. He was a member of many professional organizations, including NSPE, PASPE, ASHRAE, AEE, ASSE and ASPE. In his long career, he worked on many area projects as well as many outside of the area, notably the Meadowlands Stadium, the Statue of Liberty, and his final project, the ventilation system in the new Lehigh Valley Tunnel. He never tired of asking his family when driving through the Tunnel if they knew how many CFMs the fans blew.
Al was a good father who was always willing to help his children. He provided a great home, which, early on, didn’t contain a lot of things — but his children always had great food, clothes to wear, a warm house and a loving family. And Al was extremely proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Although he was a mechanical engineer by trade, he always wanted to be a carpenter. Al admired and respected his father, who was a master cabinet maker and carpenter, and he wanted to follow in his footsteps. His engineering and design skills helped him to design and build houses and additions, including additions to the family home as his family grew and to the homes of his friends and relatives. His lifelong hobby was woodworking, and all of his children’s homes are filled with beautiful pieces of furniture crafted by his hands. He would take delight in designing the furniture and then figure out how to use every scrap of wood in its construction. After his retirement, his was able to indulge his passion for almost 25 years, working in his woodshop regularly until March of this year.
Throughout his life, Al worked hard to provide for his family, but he also enjoyed many pastimes, including hunting with his uncles and friends and fishing wherever he could. He golfed and bowled and enjoyed a friendly card game. He also loved dancing with his wife and going anywhere for a good meal. In fact, Al never knew a day without great food. Whether his mother or wife or someone else was the cook, he looked forward to every meal and enjoyed it thoroughly.
He was a man who sought perfection, always seeing something that he could have done better, whether he was building a desk or driving to a spot. One of his favorite expressions was, “I should have done it this way,” or, “I should have gone that way.” His drive for perfection encouraged his children to always do their best in all things.
Al faced his final days with faith and courage and was comforted by the love of his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughters, even as he prepared to join the family members who have gone before him into the kingdom of everlasting life, including his parents, his beloved wife, and his siblings, Theresa Cappelloni Beegle, and Rita and Louis, who died as infants.
He will be missed with great sadness by his children, John and his wife, Mary Ellen, Scranton; Albert and his wife, Patti, Sudbury, Mass.; the Rev. David, Dunmore; Paul and his wife, Donna, Harleysville; Joseph, Berwick; and Theresa Cappelloni Demyan, Scott Twp.; his grandchildren, Susan Cappelloni Markovich and her husband, Joseph Markovich; Katie, Meaghan, Alison, Lauren and Madeline Cappelloni; and Willie, Sarah, and Isabella Demyan; and his great-granddaughters, Grace Geva and Caroline Patricia Markovich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by his son, the Rev. David Cappelloni, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 208 Smith St., Dunmore, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carlucci–Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E Drinker St., Dunmore.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. Those attending the funeral are asked to gather at St. Anthony’s Church on the morning of the funeral.
Interment will be in Italian/American Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ss. Anthony and Rocco Parish, 303 Smith St., Dunmore, PA 18512

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Tony Montaro
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Re: In Loving Memory of Albert J. Cappelloni
Reply #3 on : Mon May 22, 2017, 18:43:37
Father, and the entire Cappelloni family. Thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
Gary Travinski
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About a great Engineer and a Good Friend.
Reply #2 on : Sat May 20, 2017, 21:56:12
I first met Al when I worked for Honeywell. Or more correctly I became familiar with Al's work. I was involved with a renovation project at the Scranton Public Library. Years earlier Al designed the radiant cooling system that conditioned the entire facility. Today energy conservation texts call this Chilled Beam Cooling. Al was 40 years ahead of everyone. His system worked flawlessly. Better than modern systems that suffer from condensation drips into the occupied space from the cooling system. Years later I joined Al at GSGSB. We first worked together in the garage. After an expansion to the GSGSB lower building, we shared the same dual cubicle.

He would tell me that he was going to have a young Architect, Designer or Engineer come to his side of our office cubicle. He would let me know how he was going to present that person with "tough engineer love". He would ask me to stay and listen. Afterwards, he laughed as he told me how that individual was shredded for not properly analyzing the problem and how they came to an incorrect solution. More than one of the people left all shook up or in tears.

I had the opportunity to work on many projects with Al, to include, American Salt, IBM Kingston, Statue of Liberty, Letterkenny Army Depot, Lehigh Valley Tunnel, Yankee Stadium and many other projects that required critical analytical skills, the ability to apply sophisticated mathematics, and the ability to keep a project on or ahead of schedule.

One particular event sums up the Al I liked. I was traveling on business for about two weeks straight with one of our good mutual friends Ray Washicosky. When I returned to the office I said hello to Al when I entered our cubicle. Al could not stop laughing. When I rounded the corner to my desk I could not pull back my chair or work at my drawing board. The divider between our desks was a portable wall panel that was supported by being sandwiched between our desks and would move if pushed. When I walked back to Al he said I did not need all the room I had and he needed to stretch out. Since I was younger he said I could squeeze in. I then had to wait for Al to go to lunch before I could move the wall back. Out of respect to Al, I moved the wall back but made sure he had 60% of the space compared to my 40%. By my choice, we never returned to 50/50 space sharing.

I also had the pleasure to go on many deep sea fishing and bird hunting trips with Al and Ray and got to know both very well. Al loved his family and openly talked about them. He was very proud of everyone. Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm separated me from Al. When I returned, GSGSB was in trouble. I never worked with Al again. He did keep me on his Pecorino/Romana cheese list. My family and I loved that cheese.

Respectfully submitted, may God Bless Al and his Entire Family,
Gary Travinski
Controls System Engineer and Friend
The SSB Tournament Committee
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Thoughts and Prayers
Reply #1 on : Sat May 20, 2017, 18:47:33
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, The Tournament Committee at South Side Bowl.