Scholarship to honor BOE Finance Director David Cappetta
Scholarship to honor BOE Finance Director David Cappetta
Posted on 05/13/2014
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WEST HAVEN, May 12, 2014 — Board of Education Finance Director David Cappetta, a beloved family man, coworker and friend to so many in West Haven, died May 9 and is being honored through a memorial scholarship for West Haven High School students.

Cappetta, 58, passed away after a brief hospital stay and is being remembered as a lifelong Westie dedicated to serving his city over the years as the tax collector, a City Council and Democratic Town Committee member, and a Board of Education employee. His family and the Board of Education have worked collaboratively to establish the David Cappetta Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor his life and to assist West Haven High School graduates who plan to attend college for a major in accounting or business.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to Cappetta’s sister, Donna Craig, at 10761 Independence Way, Carmel, IN, 46032. The amount given each year to a WHHS graduate will depend on the amount of contributions to the fund.

Through his volunteer and full-time posts in city government, his own tax preparation and accounting practice, and his leadership with the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cappetta came to be a well-known and highly respected city resident.

“I really don’t know of one person who didn’t like David. He was a good friend, a good dad and a good husband, and a really smart guy,” says lifelong friend and Board of Education member Mark Palmieri. “He never complained about anything. He helped you appreciate the little things and not take anything for granted. I learned a lot from him, and I’m going to miss him.”

Cappetta pursued an interest in politics, running for mayor several years ago, and always made the most of time with his family, said State Rep. Stephen Dargan. His adventurous spirit took him all the way to Europe for some skiing in the Swiss Alps with the WHHS Ski Club when he was a teen, but he also savored sunny days at home in West Haven, Dargan added.

“In good weather like this right now, he’d be at the beach cruising down the boardwalk,” Dargan said. “He lived life to the fullest. I have a lot of good memories of him and his family over the years.”

Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro said central office won’t be the same without Cappetta, who had been in the position of finance director for the last six years. Cappetta’s quick wit always brought some levity to staff meetings, and his extensive knowledge of city and school history was appreciated, Cavallaro said.

“My heart goes out to his family and friends. They’ve certainly been in my thoughts and prayers,” Cavallaro said. “I think all of us at the Board of Education feel very lucky to have worked with David over the past several years. He not only handled our finances, contracts and budgets with professionalism and expertise, but was also our rock when we experienced financial challenges school systems often face, always working diligently and with confidence to develop solutions for any situation we faced. He was more than a colleague to everyone at the Board of Education. He was a friend you could always go to for a laugh and someone you could always rely on, no matter what.”

Cappetta is survived by his wife, Julie A. Cappetta, his children, Kiley L. Cappetta and David A. J. Cappetta, his sister, Donna M. Craig and John W. Downs of Carmel, Indiana, and numerous other family members and friends.