OBITUARY

Arthur Ferreira Cacella Jr.

April 3, 1951May 27, 2021

Pilot, ham radio operator, engineer, lost dog rescuer, and voracious Good Will Stores hunter, Arthur Ferreira Cacella, Jr. passed away in Gilbert, SC on May 27, 2021, surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of Arthur F. Cacella and Evelyn Ruth Bishop, who preceded him in death. Born in Princeton, NJ on April 3, 1951, his early childhood was spent in Waynesboro, VA, where the entire town was his playground. Much to his life-long chagrin, the family moved back to New Jersey in 1963, where he graduated from East Brunswick High School in 1968, and attended Rutgers University.

At an early age, Art built a Heath kit color television set, which the family watched for many years. After teaching himself Morse Code, he took the Amateur Ham Radio Operator’s exam in New York in the early ‘60’s, passing it with flying colors. The family was then entertained by nightly transmissions sent and received around the world.

In 1974, he moved his family to North Carolina retiring from AT&T Federal Systems – Advance Technologies, where he worked on Classified Defense Systems.

Art indulged his love of flying by maintaining his pilot’s license and buying and selling several airplanes. His FAA Ratings include Commercial Pilot, Instrument and Multi-Engine Pilot, with instructor ratings for each. An Avionics Engineer with FCC Radar endorsements, he successfully mentored, instructed and graduated numerous pilots and instrument pilots throughout his flying career.

He is survived by his children, Dawn Kristine Faurot (Shane) Nicholasville, KY, Deborah Michelle Kapuscinski (Steven) Westfield, NJ, and James Arthur Cacella, Morganton,NC. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren; Nicholas Peschler and Caid Faurot, Emily, Keri and Erik Kapuscinski, as well as his long-time companion Bonnie Carroll.

Additionally, he is survived by his siblings, RoseZane Mikki C. Burgess (John) Charlotte, NC, Alicia C. Hathcock (John Gary) Mint Hill, NC, Linda C. Jones(Steven) Nazareth, PA, and Barry M. Cacella (Karen) Monroe TWP, NJ. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Michelle and Robert Clark, Sean and Suzanne Watts, The Reverend Michael R. Hammill, Agape Care Group / Hospice of South Carolina, as well as many other friends who provided support and comfort in his final weeks.

After passing, Art’s needs were attended to by Thompson Funeral Homes of Lexington, SC. Arrangements in Waynesboro are being handled by Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home, 618 W Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980. A graveside funeral service is scheduled at 11:00AM on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Riverview Cemetery, 420 Rosser Ave. Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Art’s honor to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; Guildford County Animal Shelter, 4525 W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27409; or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Waynesboro.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • He was the son of Arthur F. Cacella and Evelyn Ruth Bishop, who preceded him in death.


    He is survived by his children, Dawn Kristine Faurot (Shane) Nicholasville, KY, Deborah Michelle Kapuscinski (Steven) Westfield, NJ, and James Arthur Cacella, Morganton,NC.
    He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren; Nicholas Peschler and Caid Faurot, Emily, Keri and Erik Kapuscinski, as well as his long-time companion Bonnie Carroll.


    Additionally, he is survived by his siblings, RoseZane Mikki C. Burgess (John) Charlotte, NC, Alicia C. Hathcock (John Gary) Mint Hill, NC, Linda C. Jones(Steven) Nazareth, PA, and Barry M. Cacella (Karen) Monroe TWP, NJ. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123
  • Guildford County Animal Shelter, 4525 W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27409

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 26, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating

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Emily Bosserman

June 15, 2021

Hello and sorry for your loss. This obituary struck me and I wanted to leave a note. I think what is great about him (along with his many achievements) is that he thought so much of Waynesboro..to a point of being buried here. That's how you know that you grew up somewhere special. My prayers to all. Thanks.

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