John J. Cappello

October 23, 1956November 11, 2020
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John J. Cappello, 64 of Palm Coast, passed away November 11, 2020 at AdventHealth Palm Coast.

Mr. Cappello was born October 23, 1956 in North Tarrytown, New York, a son of John and Lillian (Jussay) Cappello.

John graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School, where he played football, then went on to become a police officer. He had the honor to serve the villages of North Tarrytown and Ossining, New York for over 20 years. He retired and in December of 2001, moved with his family to Palm Coast. John had the house of his dreams built for his family. He enjoyed scuba diving, gardening, riding his Harley Davidson, target shooting, cheering for the Florida Gators, the New York Yankees and Giants. Cooking, cruises with his friends, going to the beach and most of all spending time with his family especially with his granddaughter Emma were some of John’s favorites. John aka Papa John was the guy that could fix and take care of everything.

John is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Laura McLaughlin, whom he married October 6, 1979. Two sons, Brian J. Cappello of Deland, and Daniel J. Cappello of West Palm Beach. His granddaughter, Emma Cappello of Deland; two brothers, Paul (Jennifer) Cappello of Tennessee, and David (Christina) Cappello of Puerto Rico; he also leaves his sister-in-law Karen McLaughlin of Palm Coast, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Michelle Scaperotti.

Family and friends will be received Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.

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Laura Cappello

December 1, 2020

My Love and Soulmate John
I miss you so much. I love you and I’m so happy we had such a wonderful life with 2 wonderful sons and a granddaughter who we all love so much. I wish we had more time together and I know you are watching over us all now. I will keep your memories going and I want you to know that you touched so many lives here in Florida and in New York. You were taken from us too soon but I know you are now with your Mom and Dad and your Sister along with many others. Thank you for being the best Husband, Dad, Poppa, Brother, Uncle, Brother in law and of course Friend. We all miss you. Until we meet again. I love you forever.
Your loving wife #41yrsstrong ❤️

Tommy Strauss

November 22, 2020

Remembering Johns big smile and always
the hearty greeting! Remembering the laughter at work and Johns coined phrase
“The Best!” Rest In Peace Brother!
My heartfelt condolences to The Cappello
Family may you have peace in knowing
that John is with the risen savior!

walter schrank

November 19, 2020

Laura and Family,

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with John in North Tarrytown PD. Lots of great memories with him. He was a great person. Prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May John Rest In Peace.

Walter and Maria Schrank

Reese & Jenielle Holderfield

November 18, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts & prayers! And Laura, we’re not sure if you had this beautiful photo from our wedding 2 years ago, so we wanted to share it. ❤️

Kelly Magnussen

November 18, 2020

To Laura, Brian, Danny & Emma,

I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing but rest assured he is rejoicing with loved ones in heaven as we speak. I enjoyed his company he was always funny and kind. Being a Red Sox fan we teased each other a bit and that was always great fun. I wish I was closer so I could pay my respects. How fortunate you all were to have him xo

Rest Easy John,

Jack andDiana Keegan

November 18, 2020

Diana and I want to extend our sincere condolences to you: Laura, Brian, Danny and Emma.
John was one hell of a guy! Friend, co-worker, husband, father and grandpa.
He will truly be missed.
Rest In Peace John.

Ami Lane

November 17, 2020

John was such a pleasant man. His struggles with illness date back a long way, but whenever one asked, he had a positive answer. I remember him pushing Emma in her carriage and he could not have been prouder. He and Laura were friends of our friends; Ken's and mine, but we thought of them, otherwise, as our friends.

You suffered much dear friend and with extraordinary courage. Rest in Peace, John, and know you left behind a legacy of love. Laura, my heart aches with yours.

Melanie Broyles

November 17, 2020

John always made my family and I feel so at home. He truly loved his family and everyone who had the pleasure of spending time with him. He was a wonderful Husband. Father. Grandfather and Friend. He will be Dearly missed by those who knew him. God bless you John for all you did to make life a better place and your lovely family who follow in your footsteps. Love to all, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Melanie and Family

John Quartucio

November 14, 2020

To Laura, Brian and Daniel, and the Cappello family, kindly allow me to offer my deepest sympathies and condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with John for many years at the Ossining Police Department and found him to be a reliable, dedicated and an exceptional police officer, admired and well liked by the men and woman that served with him. John performed his duties effortlessly and his selfless acts were a reflection of who John was as a man, husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend too many. John was a credit to his department and his memory and legacy will be remembered by those of us who worked with John and by those who followed in his footsteps. My thoughts and prayers are with you, may you rest in eternal peace, your brother,
Lt. John Quartucio, OPD202 (ret.)

Travis and Lynn Mellow

November 14, 2020

RIP John, you fought long and hard and will be missed by so many. Laura, Brian, Danny, Emma and Karen, we understand the loss and hole in your hearts that you’re feeling. He was the best husband, father, grand father, brother, uncle, etc. and friend that anyone could wish for. He loved you all so much. It was our pleasure to have some time with him. Baby shower, parties, weddings, bike week...we will cherish those memories. He lives on in our hearts. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.


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