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.
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I was saddened to hear of the passing of Colonel Anthony Caputo. I first learned of him through his daughter, Kathryn Kirk. After reading his bio. I have been sharing it with others. I was especially proud to share his accomplishments with my fellow veterans of Raleigh's American Legion, Post 1. The veterans there were all astonished as I was of the Colonels record. The world has truly loss an American Hero. I pray the family will have strength to March on. The Colonel has been given another assignment by our Lord.
Submitted by Wayne and Nelda Bostick on Oct 20 2017 06:07:28 AM
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Wayne and Nelda Bostick lit a candle on Oct 20 2017 05:56:36 AM
I was away for a few days and just found out the Colonel had passed. My condolences to Mary and the family. He was a true American hero and he will be missed.
Submitted by Robert J. Cooke on Oct 17 2017 09:34:58 PM
Thank you kind sir for your service to the USA in so many ways! May you now know peace that truly passes all understanding. Pete & Betty Blanton, Wallace (Pete, Vietnam War Veteran; Betty's father, USMC, WW II Iwo Jima Veteran)
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Mr. Caputo was a wonderful person who will be missed! It was a pleasure to have worked with him at Pender Memorial. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Submitted by Kayla Orr on Oct 14 2017 09:09:10 AM
I'm so saddened at this loss. He was a fine person with an amazing and accomplished story. His life surely made a difference. My prayers and love go to dear Mary and the family. Much love in Christ, Fr. Rob
Submitted by Fr. Rob Spainhour on Oct 13 2017 10:12:04 PM
Tony was a fine, and admirable person respected by many. He was always kind and loving towards our family. Keeping Mary, Boots, Bob, Dayna, and all of the family in our prayers.
Submitted by Jane and Charlie Marshburn on Oct 13 2017 12:46:17 PM
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