Colonel Anthony "Tony" Caputo, US Marine Corps, retired

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Col. Anthony Caputo USMC (Ret), 98, died Wednesday October 11 2017 at Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw. He was born on May 22 1919 in Montclair, NJ to Salvatore and Concetta Caputo.

He was a star basketball and baseball player at the University of Pennsylvania, where he attended the Wharton School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps upon graduation in 1941, and was a decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Besides several command tours, he served as a diplomat as military attaché at the US Embassy in Sweden. Among other honors, he received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he settled in Burgaw where he served on the town council and as mayor pro tem. He was instrumental in building the new St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Burgaw and was active both locally and in the Diocese of East Carolina. He was also a driving force in creating the Pender County Museum.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Bowen Caputo; his daughter Kathryn Kirk; son, Robert Anthony Caputo and wife Amy; grandchildren, Dayna Corcoran and husband John, Paul Anthony Kirk and wife Tamara, Christopher Kirk, Nicholas Anthony Caputo, and Matthew Joseph Caputo; and great-grandchildren, Connor Corcoran, Quinn Corcoran, Kyra Corcoran, Jude Kirk, and Jacob Kirk.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 14 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Burgaw with The Rev. Ron Abrams officiating. Burial will follow in Burgaw Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, P.O Box 841 Burgaw, NC 28425.

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.