Robert Capaldi

January 2, 1919 ~ January 31, 2011

Robert Capaldi, 92, of Lake Charles passed away on January 31, 2011 in a local Hospital surrounded by his family.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, he graduated from Central High School, and attended Rhode Island School of Design.

After being honorably discharged from military service in 1945, he chose to settle in Lake Charles, where he was employed by Sears, Roebuck, and Co. as Advertising/Sales Promotion Manager, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the early Advertising and Press Club, The Evening Lions Club, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2130, and The American Legion Post No. 1.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Capali participated in the Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland Campaigns. While in the 8th Air Force, he participated in 34 combat missions as a B-17 tail gunner and staff sergeant. He was awarded the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, three battle stars, National Defense Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Capaldi is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Dorothy Newman Capaldi; his children, Robbie Capaldi Faul, Donna Capaldi (Kelly) Barker, Susie (Conrad) Schatzle, Buddy (Jocelyn) Milford, and Ron (Patsy) Milford; one brother, Daniel Capaldi of RI; one sister, Evelyn Duncan of FL., and many loving grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He will forever be remembered as a kind and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, February, 3, 2011 at 11AM in Johnson Funeral Home. Deacon George Carr will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3PM until 9PM with a rosary at 6:15PM. Visitation will continue Thursday from 8Am until time of service.

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  1. Bob was my friend. He and I worked at Sears together for several years. Sweet sweet spirit this man had. He was very interested in helping people. A true leader trys to make the people around him successful. He was a good leader. He gave me camel hair brushes and showed me how to paint signs.I still have the brushes. Did not mean much to some but meant the world to me. May God grant you, his family peace, strength and comfort during this time. God's grace is suffcient.

  2. Dear Robbie (classmate) Family,As your dear father returns to his maker, we are hoping and praying that all the wonderful memories will be held close to your heart. God Bless each and everyone of you.

  3. Robbie, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.Janet

  4. Ronnie, I have only just found out about the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you and your family. May you take consolaction from your good memories of him, and may God bless you and yours. Phyllis

  5. To 'all' of Bob's family, please except our deepest sympathies. The Ferrell' family from texas, Mable,Marsha,Linda,and VickyHe was a wonderful , adoring , family man.

  6. To The Family of Bob….Our Condolences at your time of loss. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all!Denise Eric Newman and Carolyn Steve Viator

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