Thomas Capozzoli – 1927 A Strong Sense of Belonging

Thomas was the son of Anthony Capozzoli 1894-1954 and Nancy Bifalco 1894 – 1981. Thomas had three sisters, Helen (Wright) 1915-2002, Peggy (Keuling) 1917-2003, Florence (Ponosuk) 1919-1998, and one brother, Louis V., 1918

Thomas was very proud of Capozzoli family ancestry and was dedicated to researching its history to share with future generations. He left behind many stories which he shared with members of the family over the years. Thomas went to great effort, year after year, arranging the Capozzoli family reunion which he felt was so important in keeping the history and heritage alive. Thomas traveled to Castel San Lorenzo and Aquara, the villages in Italy  where our roots began. He wanted this information to be passed on from generation to generation. Thomas coordinated all of the families in 1984 requesting  information about each family member, in each branch. He put together a Family Tree Booklet with everyone’s roots, dates of birth and death. In a preface to one of his many stories regarding family history, he wrote, “I hope you enjoy the story ahead of you and that you and your children will tuck it away in the Family Tree book for the pleasure of the family yet to come in the future”.

Thomas Capozzoli 2004 Family Reunion

Thomas Capozzoli 2004 Family Reunion

Besides his love for Capozzoli/Peduto gifts and sacrifices which were left to us all, Thomas  dedicated his life to his family and to football. He played football and baseball at Flushing High School in Queens. He was the third baseman on the 1944 city championship team and earned a scholarship to New York University where he played both sports.

Thomas was an All-American in baseball in 1946 and went on to sign with the Yankees, playing two years in the minor league system. He created the St. Dominic football program in 1959, the members of which became an extended family for him. As head coach at St. Dominic High School his teams won four division titles and one Catholic High School Football League championship.

His son, Tony, won the 1975 Thorpe Award given by Newsday to the outstanding high school football player in Nassau County. Thomas coached at St. Dominics until 1976 when his son graduated and earned a scholarship to Penn State, yet he remained in contact with his former players.

Thomas’ credits are numerous. He was an employee of Grumman for over 41 years, head coach of St. Dominics High School football team for 17 years, past president of the Italian-American Citizens Club of Oyster Bay, member of the East Norwich Fire Company, past president of the Oyster Bay/East Norwich School Board and a parishioner of St. Dominic’s Church for over 50 years.

Thomas was father to one son, Tony, and five daughters, Donna, Debby, Joanne, Dori, and Dale. He was husband of his late wife, Jo, and grandfather to 13 grandchildren and three great-grand children. His wife, Carole created a very successful Thomas Capozzoli Scholarship Fund to keep his memory alive in students minds and hearts at St. Dominics High School. Thomas was the recipient of The Humanitarian Award in 2007 which is bestowed upon individuals who through their outstanding involvement and dedication have made a significant contribution to the lives of others and the welfare of humanity in the St. Dominic community.

Thomas passed away in 2006.  Thomas’ wish was to keep the family heritage alive for future generations. All of his stories, just as he wrote them, are shared on this website with the many other wonderful achievements and stories of the Capozzoli/Peduto family members and children.

Published on November 2, 2009 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  

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