Requiescat in Pace: Fr. Paul F. “Cappy” Capitolo, SJ
Father Paul F. “Cappy” Capitolo, SJ, long-time teacher and student counselor at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, entered into God’s peace September 29 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 80.
Father Capitolo was born in the small mining town of Price, Utah, on February 6, 1935. His family relocated to San Francisco and he graduated from St. Ignatius High School (1953) and the University of San Francisco (1957) before entering the Jesuit Novitiate at Los Gatos.
After studies at Gonzaga University, he taught English at St. Ignatius (1964-66) and began theological studies at Alma College, Los Gatos. He was ordained a priest in St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, on June 7, 1969.
In 1970 Fr. Capitolo returned to St. Ignatius College Prep, beginning an association that would extend 41 years. He served in many capacities: house administrator, teacher, student counselor, and moderator of the soccer program and of Boy’s State. Always ready to roll up his sleeves, he also managed the bookstore and was ready for any task that came along. This was in addition to parish assignments on weekends and during the summer. He retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, in 2011.
He is survived by his brother, Fr. Mario Capitolo, SJ of Los Gatos and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Philip, and sister, Marie Vaughan.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on October 7, 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, 300 College Avenue, Los Gatos, with burial immediately after at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara.
A memorial Mass will be held October 13, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in Orradre Chapel at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco. An appreciation of Fr. Capitolo’s ministry can be found at http://www.siprep.org/page.cfm?p=7537&newsid=2500.
Donations in memory of Fr. Capitolo may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031.
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