Anthony “Tony” J. Caputo

February 16, 1942 - May 10, 2024
Anthony “Tony” J. Caputo

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Anthony J. (Tony) Caputo passed away May 10, 2024 surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Tony was born in Plainfield, NJ, February 16, 1942, to Anthony J. Caputo, Sr. and Josephine Tufaro Caputo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Caputo and sister, Phyllis Caputo Philipps.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Gayle Caputo; his two daughters, Kristina Caputo Duggan (Andy) of Coeur D’Alene, ID and Diana Caputo Duggan (Eugene) of Sierra Madre, CA as well as their mother, Jenny Caputo of Palm Springs, CA; fourteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; nephews and nieces. Also surviving are his two brothers, Ralph Caputo of Olympia, WA, Richard Caputo of North Port, FL, and his sister, Theresa Caputo Renn of Asheville, NC.

Tony grew up in southern California and attended City College in Los Angeles, CA where he studied Electrical Engineering. He began his career as a project manager for Electrend, Inc., supervising electrical installations in hospitals, schools and high-rise buildings throughout California. While managing a project for Lockheed, his young age earned him the nickname “The Kid” from the employees. Going forward, his career reflected his acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Partnering with his cousin, he started Calectric, Inc., an electrical and engineering firm which he ran until relocating to Lake Havasu City, AZ. He and Lynn then formed a construction company specializing in custom and spec homes and helped establish a Houseboat Rental business as well. He was able to combine his love of RV travel and an unending desire for new pursuits when he joined with partners to design, develop and operate Havasu RV Resort. This would be the first of many RV parks he would design and build throughout the country and it was the catalyst for the RV consulting firm he and his partner started after he and Lynn moved to Asheville, NC. Grudgingly, he retired in 2023 after relocating to Trinity Landing in Wilmington, NC.

Tony played as hard as he worked being an avid boater, diver and licensed multi-engine and helicopter pilot. His love of RV travel resulted in adventures across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He had a quick wit, bright mind, boundless energy, determination, and enormous heart. As a result, he and Lynn shared their time, energy, resources and often their home with young people and families in need of a support system to help them find their place in the world. From Rwanda and Kenya to locations across the Country, they have an adopted family that fills their lives with great joy. You won’t find his name on any buildings, but his legacy lives in the hearts of those who experienced his guidance, generosity and love.

The family will hold a celebration of Tony’s life at a time and place to be determined.

The family extends special thanks to the understanding and professional nurses and staff at Lower Cape Fear Lifecare for the care and kindness given to Tony and our family.

In honor of Tony, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to Lower Capefear Lifecare at the link above at “Memorial Gifts and Donations”.

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  • May 17, 2024
    Paula Duckett says:
    Tony and Lynn were the very best neighbors anyone could ask for. I remind Lynn that I still have not “forgiven “ her for moving away from our neighborhood!! When we decided to put a hot tub on our raised deck, Tony drew up elaborate plans for the addition to the deck. It will be here forever! To say he was helpful would be an understatement! And he always helped with a smile on his face. Lynn amazed me with her flowers , which everyone got to enjoy. She was such a wonderful cook…. I would never invite them to dinner… just go to a nice restaurant. I want to be reincarnated as one of their dogs… loved so much . Tony and Lynn were always positive and made all the neighbors feel loved. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  • May 15, 2024
    Rex Prosser says:
    I regard and remember Tony as a mentor and exemplar of how to live your life. His intellect, work ethic, generosity, and courage in adversity, redefine the meaning of "extraordinary" for me. Tony and Lynn flourished in their life-partnership, and many joint projects and achievements - I was unaware, but not surprised, to learn about many of those listed here. The amount of love in the world grew as a result . . . Godspeed, Tony.

  • May 14, 2024
    Sheri Rosevear says:
    You are such an amazing person and you made a huge impact on my childhood. There are so many fun memories we share! You and Lynn showed my mom, sister, and I so much love. I’m grateful my girls were fortunate to have met you a couple times. Love you forever!

  • May 14, 2024
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  • May 13, 2024
    Lee Steeneck says:
    Tony certainly seems to have lived a life "well lived." As a neighbor, I would see Tony and Lynn together, often walking the dog, and enjoying the Trinity Landing lifestyle here. I am but a stranger here, Heaven is my home. Farewell Tony, you've gone home.