Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home

703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ


Gerard James Cappella

October 17, 1963May 19, 2020

Gerard J. Cappella

Toms River- Gerard (Gerry) Cappella, of Toms River NJ, died peacefully at his home on May 19, 2020. He was 56 years old.

Gerard was predeceased by his father Thomas Cappella. Gerard was the loving husband of Diana, the dear father of Stacey (Mike), Megan (Ricky), and Matthew. And he was the proud Pop-Pop of Luciano and Landon. Also surviving, his mother Shirley Cappella. He was the loyal brother of Cheryl (Dave), Tommy (Monica), Raymond (Kathy), Mary (Joe), Carmela (Brian), Beth (Jay), Barbara (John), and Angela (Eddie). Gerard is also survived by his Mother in law, Joan and his brother in laws and sister in laws Richie and Rosa and Debbie and Danny. Gerard leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great- nephews.

Gerard was a 1982 graduate of Spotswood High School. Upon graduating high school, he began to pursue his distinguished career in Law Enforcement in the Borough of Milltown as a part time Police Officer. In December of 1986, Gerard graduated from the Middlesex County Police Academy 46th’s Basic training Class. After completing the police academy, he began his career at the Dunellen Police Department where he proudly served the community for 25 years. Within those 25 years, he rose through the ranks and retired as a Chief of Police in January of 2012.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #2544, a life member of the Milltown Rescue Squad where he served as a Captain and Past President, PBA Local 146, Middlesex County Chief’s of Police Association, The NewJersey State Police Chiefs Association, Councilmen in the Borough of Milltown, and served on the Milltown Revitalization Committee for over 15 years.

He was currently employed by the New Brunswick Public School System where he has served as the District’s Coordinator of Emergency Planning since August 2012.

Prior to moving to Toms River, Gerard was a life long resident of Milltown. Gerard’s quick whit and unique sense of humor lead to many long lasting friendships in the community. Gerard was an avid boater. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family , taking trips to the boardwalk and spoiling his grandsons’.

Gerard’s life will be celebrated when it is safe for family and friends to gather. Donations in Gerard’s honor can be made to Rebuilding Warriors at 25 William Street in Fords, NJ 08863 or to the Milltown Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 308 Milltown, NJ 08850


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Gerard James Cappella

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Marie Krupowies

May 28, 2020

To Diana, Stacey, Megan and Matthew,
We are so sorry to hear the sad news. Gerard touched so many lives. As all the tributes attest, his was a life well lived.
With deepest sympathy,
Carol, Ken, Marie and Kevin Krupowies

Andrea Meyers

May 27, 2020

To the Cappella family,
My parents were lifelong residents of Dunellen. In 1991, my father died unexpectedly at home on Memorial Day weekend. I will always be grateful that Gerry was the patrolman who answered the call.

I was living an hour away, and my brother was away for the weekend. Gerry was wonderfully compassionate, calm, and incredibly thoughtful to my mother on this very difficult evening. Waiting for the coroner on a holiday weekend extended the pain and shock for our family, but Gerry stayed until everything was resolved.

My mother went on to live for many years afterward. Gerry frequently patrolled past her house for years, even when he became Chief, always waving to mom when she was outside gardening. Mom loved that Gerry was still looking out for her.

I have never forgotten Gerry’s kindness to my family.

Andrea Meyers

Debbie. &. Rich Williams

May 27, 2020

Gerard,, I’ve known you for 35 plus years ... Always a wonderful Man .. I’m grateful for knowing you .. and all of your service EVERYWHERE .. LOVE Debbie..... Gerard.. working with you was always a pleasure... You as a councilman and me as PW Manager ... You were more than a councilman... you were a friend... You will be missed ... LOVE Rich ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Bill Fekete

May 27, 2020

So sorry for the Cappella family, a great loss for all who knew him.

Michael Kelley

May 27, 2020

Dear Cappella Family Gerry was truely a man filled with WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, & UNDERSTANDING, A MAN OF GOD, One of GOD'S HEAVENLY FATHER"S ANGEL, Very Kind & Thoughtful. A person who loved people. For me he was a MENTOR & a POSITIVE ROLE MODEL. A Brave Heart. He was like a HERO to me. I looked up to him & Have a great deal of RESPECT for him. He was always interested & Had a great deal of concern for the Administrators, Faculty, Staff, & Students GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH & COMFORT, & WELFARE & RECREATION, He will truely be missed. Weeping my endure for a night, But JOY cometh in the morning. This Too Shall Pass. He is at PEACE & at Rest. No Man Is An Island, No Man Stands Alone. Durning your TIME OF SORROW, You have my DEEPEST SYMPATHY. Your family will forever be in both my THOUGHTS & PRAYERS. Better Days Are Coming, Brighter Days Are Ahead, The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow. THANK YOU, Cappella Family, For sharing Gerry with us. He will always be & forevermore be apart of the New Brunswick Public School Family. GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, Has called another one of his Christian Soldier home. To be apart of the ARMY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Gerry, THANK YOU, For Being The Wind Beneath Our Wings, THANK YOU, For Being A Beacon Of Light In Our Lives, Your Personality & Character is like the SUNSHINE after the RAIN. May GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, Watch Over, Love, & Protect, & Keep the Cappella Family in his Loving Care, Jesus Christ, Is Only A Prayer Away. HOLD ON, To the Promises Of GOD, In A Sincere Heartfelt Deepest Sympathy, In Time Of Sorrow Michael T. Kelley New Brunswick Board Of Education, New Brunswick Public Schools. & New Brunswick Education Association. May the LORD GOD BLESS YOU REAL GOOD. Grace, Peace, & Mercy, MTK.

Yosmery Mora

May 26, 2020

Cappella Family:

My deepest condolences to your family during this hard time. Every time Gerry was around you could not help but smile. He always made us laugh with his jokes. His presence will definitely be missed. Going back to work will definitely not be the same without him. May he rest in eternal peace. Prayers to you all.

Yosmery Mora
New Brunswick Public Schools

Denise Gerald

May 26, 2020

Gerry, you are one of the kindest people I have ever met. You made my work day easy with all of your positive attributes. The workplace will not be the same without you. From the day you gave me my pink tiara and wand (from the party store, ha, ha!!), and gave me the name "Princess", I knew we would be great friends. I could assign someone else to call me Princess (cause we all know how that works!!), but it just would not be the same.
Heaven has received one of our favorites. You truly earned your wings.

Love Denise :-)

Charles Burns

May 25, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, it was a joy to work with Gerry. May the memories of his wonderful personality be celebrated by all. He will truly be missed.

Lisa Nelson

May 25, 2020

Dear Diana & Family,

As I read through all these memories of Gerry, I can't help but feel all the pride I feel in knowing such a great man. Gerry was so much fun to be around. Coming to know him only through my once significant other working with him. Gerry graciously accepted me as a friend inviting me to your house even when my significant other couldn't make it. I didn't feel the least bit uneasy coming alone as Gerry made me feel so comfortable as well as Diana. I had such a great time just sitting and talking with the both of you and watching the doggies swim in the pool. Over the years we had fun when in each other's company, whether it be a work function or an officer's wedding. I remember Gerry telling me that when I go to Atlantic City to play Let It Ride as this was his favorite game. Needless to say, I played Let It Ride and enjoyed playing, but was never lucky at it like he was. I hold in my heart the fondest memories of Gerry and my heart hurts for God calling him home way too soon. He was a gem of a human being and will be sadly missed. My heartfelt condolences to the entire Cappella Family and to all who knew and loved him. Heaven gained one heck of angel. Rest easy Chief! You'll remain in my heart forever!! Always remember that memories live forever and love never dies.

Francine Carroll

May 25, 2020

Dear Cappella Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband and dad. Prayers for all.
Francine Carroll & Family


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