Joseph P. Cappelli, 67, passed away peacefully in the afternoon of May 8, 2021 at the Miriam Hospital in the presence of three of his sons and with heartfelt video goodbyes from his other son and daughter.
Born September 26, 1953, in Providence, he was the son of his loving mother, Mary Cappelli, (nee Borrelli) and his father, the late Carmine Cappelli.
Joseph, affectionately called Joe or Big Joe, is survived by his five children, Lyndsey Scofield and her husband, Dr. Eric Scofield, Joseph A. Cappelli (Joey) and his wife, Natasha, Rev. Eric Cappelli and his wife, Rev. Reina Cappelli, Private Kyle Cappelli, PFD, and his wife, Anna, and Zachery Cappelli and his wife, Kasey. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Joseph C. Cappelli (Little Joe), Filemon Cappelli, Constantijn Cappelli, Gabriel Scofield, Emmanuella Cappelli, Christian Scofield, Luca Cappelli and (soon to be born) Brady Cappelli.
He is also survived by his dear sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharron Casey and husband, Robert, Anna Montgomery and husband, Theodore, and Christine Cappelli de Laos (he was preceded in death by his beloved brother-in-law, the late Rafael de Laos). Additionally, he is survived by many beloved family members.
Joe was a graduate of La Salle Academy in Providence where he played on the school’s baseball team. In his senior year, he pitched a no hitter to win the Rhode State Championship. In his early career, he was a part of the thriving jewelry industry owning several companies in Rhode Island and a small toy store in New York. He also worked as an insurance agent for several years. In his later life, he took to building and renovation projects assisting a dear friend with his company.
He was very passionate about sports, he was a great baseball and basketball player, and usually could be found coaching one of his oldest son’s baseball teams. He also kept himself up to speed on all kinds of sports related news, games or transitions. When not coaching, he would be spotted at various games of fellow cousins, nieces or nephews as a watchful spectator or as an “indirect” coach at the hockey games of his two younger sons.
Joe enjoyed spending time at the beach with family and friends and just quietly looking up at the sun.
A wake will be held this Friday, May 14, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, Rhode Island 02910. As per family request please feel free to dress casually.
A private funeral will take place among immediate family members.
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