Joseph Capasso

January 31, 2021


Joseph Capasso, 71, passed away on January 29, 2021.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Dad and Grandpa, Joseph Capasso. Father to Anthony, Andrea, Alessandra and Alec. Father in law to Holly. Grandfather to Logan, Olivia and Sophia. This man was a world-changer for each of us and the extent to which he will be missed cannot be articulated in words. We could post a tribute daily for the rest of our lives, never repeating, and it still would not be enough. But that was his essence - he loved his children and grandson selflessly and more than life itself. This was his entire world.

He was a Prince among men, our fiercest advocate, and a beacon that guided each of us safely along our own paths.

Joseph was born in Naples Italy and lived there until he fell in love, at an early age, and boldly moved to America to chase his dreams. He would go to school and attain a degree and become proficient in English. He often said “I may speak with an accent but I don’t think with one.” Boy was he right.

Joseph furnished the occasion for a number of his younger brothers to come to America and forge their own paths, and in one instance, was instrumental in helping one of his brothers overcome a severe neurological condition.

He was a voracious reader and would excel at anything that he put his mind to. He would have a lifelong affinity with automobiles and the sea. He would become a driver, a police officer, a salesman, a manager, a consultant, and acquire a myriad of other titles but the two most valued by him were “Dad” and “Grandpa”.

His first son Anthony would go on to become a lawyer - due in no small part to the urgings and efforts of Dad. Each time that Anthony veered off the path he was there to fix it - no matter the cost. Over the last ten years they would spend countless hours on the beach in Long Branch discussing the finer points of Machiavelli, history, or their favorite movies, reflecting upon their lives, and doting on his Grandson, Logan.

Logan was Grandpa’s “Baba” and the latest apple of his eye. They shared a very special bond and now Grandpa is Logan’s special and eternal Angel...

His first daughter Andrea loved him endlessly. He was her rock, best friend and sounding board. He was a constant source of unconditional love , support and guidance. Although he was always expressed how proud of her he was, he was especially proud of Andrea’s recent decision to continue her education. At the same time, Andrea was always proud of him as well. He could do and take care of anything -he was superhuman. He also exemplified what a perfect gentleman should be and he was the best father. Without fail , he always had the uncanny ability to know exactly what to say at any given moment to make anything better. He always put a smile on her face whether they were discussing recent current events , daily happenings or years worth of fond memories. His memory will always be a source of comfort, love and deep admiration.

His second daughter Alessandra loved him with her entire being and took pride in the amount of culture and tradition that he brought to the family. He always supported her no matter which path she chose to take in life, and he continued to urge her to finish her masters degree in counseling to go on to become a therapist. Although she lived in Texas, he would FaceTime her daily and she knew that her dad would be down there in a heartbeat if she ever needed him. Alessandra remembers vividly all the times she spent sharing laughs with him and forming memories that will stay with her for life...

His second son Alec, would return to NJ to live with his Dad for the past two years to nourish himself with the wisdom and love of this great man. Under his father’s watchful eye, Alec would return to college and even work during school, demonstrating the same tenacity and work ethic that his father was legendary for, and making him so very proud...

Funeral services were held privately to the family, however, a memorial service will be held at a later date, please check back for information. 

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