Charles  Capello


Manchester by the Sea - Charles E. Capello, "Charlie," 98, of 6 Ancient County Way, Manchester, died at his son's home on Pine Street on Thursday, July 18, from pneumonia. He was surrounded by his family when he peacefully passed away. Charlie was born in Manchester on April 4, 1921, to Leonardo and Eliza (Francis) Capello. He was the youngest of 10 children. He attended Manchester schools and married his high school sweetheart, Marian Cook, after returning from his Army service in World War II. He served in England and France as a medical technician. In 1948, a daughter, Patricia (Patti) was born followed by a son, Leonard (Lenny) in 1950. Charlie and Marian were married 45 years until Marian's death in 1992 at the age of 66.

Charlie worked for the Manchester Highway Department for many years and then for the School Department as a custodian and a "very cool" bus driver. Charlie was also a part time lobsterman hauling 50 traps after work. He made his own wooden traps in a backyard shed and hung his painted buoys on a clothesline. Marian knit the heads for the traps in the living room. They were a good team.

Both Patti and Lenny remember an idyllic childhood with loving, active parents who brought them to the playground, Singing Beach, and set them loose in the neighborhood to play baseball, ride bikes, and play games. Charlie's son, Lenny, married a Manchester girl, Jean Fitzgerald. They have two children, Catherine and John. Patti married a Colorado man, Charles Langmaid, and has two step-daughters, Kim and Elissa. Jess Mello joined the family in 2015 when she married Charlie's grandson, John.
Charlie was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed.

A graveside service will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester-by-the-Sea on Wednesday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. A reception following the graveside service will be held at the American Legion Hall in Manchester from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Tuesday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Contributions may be made in his name to All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Information, directions, condolences, at
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6 posts

Stephanie Nahatis Senecal
Jul 23, 2019
Sad to hear of Mr Capello's passing...he lived a full life and had the love and respect of his family and town of Manchester by the sea. Loved to see Mr, Capello driving into the Park and always waving and having a smile on his face. May he rest in Peace.
Steve and Betty stoner
Jul 23, 2019
We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this time. we loved reading Charlie’s story in the paper.. what a wonderful life he had.. lots of love , Betty and Steve.
Karen Hunt Hunt
Jul 22, 2019
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John and Karen Hunt
Jul 22, 2019
What wonderful memories of such an important person in your lives. Such a wonderful example of that generation, your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
I love the idea of planting a tree in his memory!
Lynn Nadeau
Jul 22, 2019
Really nicely written and sweet ... Wait what about his garden? Didn’t he have a vibrant and a oroductive garden for a very long time?
Shirley Gauthier
Jul 22, 2019
Patty and Lenny , so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I loved running into him. I remember the good times I spent with your family. The end of an era. Love and prayers to all.