Thomas Capozzoli – 1927

Family Tree:

Grandparents: Luigi Capozzoli 1876-1958; Maddalena Peduto  1876- 1925

Parents: Anthony Capozzoli 1894 – 1954;  Nancy Bifalco 1894 – 1981

Siblings:  Helen Wright 1915 – 2007;  Peggy Keuling 1917 – 2003

Louis V. 1918 – 2004  ; and Florence Ponosuk 1919 – 1998

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Thomas, who won four division titles and one Catholic High School Football League championship as head coach at St. Dominic High School, created a program in 1959 that became an extended family. Players from all of his teams stayed  in touch with him, and he never forgot a name.  For several years on Sundays during the football season, Thomas would entertain more than 100 people in his Oyster Bay home  for dinner. This became a family tradition.Thomas was also proud of his son Anthony Capozzoli  who won the 1975 Thorp Award given by Newsday to the outstanding high school football player in Nassau County.

Thomas played football and baseball at Flushing High School, played third base for the 1944 city championship baseball team. He  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.  He played for two years in their minor-league organization. Thomas spent 30 years working for Grumman, even while coaching. In 1991, he was elected to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District board, serving eight years, including two terms as president.

When reading Thomas’ family history stories and extensive research into the Capozzoli ancestry, it is clear he loved his family. His other love was football. Thomas always made everybody feel special, like family, like they belonged. He shared the Capozzoli work ethic and encouraged people to believe in themselves.

Thomas passed away in 2006.

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Published on March 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

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