Louis A. Caprio, 97, loving husband of the late Marie D. Caprio, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday night, April 20, at The Veteran’s Home in Menlo Park, Edison, N.J. Lou’s passing occurred days before what would have been his 98th birthday.
A World War II veteran, Louis served in the United States Army in the South Pacific Theater, specifically in New Guinea. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal and received Honorable Discharge with a Philippines Liberation Ribbon and other medals, having achieved a rank of Technician Fifth Grade.
Louis’s career spanned several decades. He was a faithful and longtime employee of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, and his position as produce manager provided him with much customer-interaction time and many interesting A&P facts and stories. He largely worked in the Middlesex and Union County vicinities.
Born in Newark, N.J. in April of 1922 to Giovanni and Angela (Carlucci) Caprio, Lou was the youngest sibling in a large and close-knit family. He married after the war, and moved to Edison with his wife and sons in the late l950s, where he lived for the remainder of his life. In addition to being predeceased by his wife, Lou was predeceased by his four brothers - James, Al, Thomas and Joseph - as well as by his sister, Rose.
Lou is survived by his sons, Gregory and Gary (Linda); his granddaughter, Kenna (Edward); his great-granddaughter, Maeve; his sister-in-law, Jennie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lou will be remembered by extended family and friends for his humorous banter, his colorful conversation, his devotion to his wife, his dedication to the Knights of Columbus (Saint Cecelia’s Parish, Iselin), and his hands-on mechanical knowledge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The N.J. Veteran’s Memorial Home at Menlo Park https://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/memorial-homes/menlo-park/activity-volunteer-donations.shtml or Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J. https://www.ccdom.org/donate.
Funeral arrangements will be conducted through Costello-Runyon of Metuchen, N.J., and the burial service will be private. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.