Henry N. Capaldo, 96

Henry N. Capaldo of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, June 16th, 2023. He was 96 years old. Henry (aka Hank) is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Frances (Battaglia) Capaldo.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Hank was the son of the late Frank and Rose (Surace) Capaldo. He was the eldest of seven beloved siblings and is survived by sister Bea, brothers Frankie and Bobby (aka “the twins”) and Danny. He was preceded in death by brothers Eddie and Richie. From all reports, Hank emerged into this world at a sprint. He was incredibly curious, passionate, and ever eager to understand the world around him. At an early age, Hank discovered that he possessed talented hands that were eager to build, construct, repair, and generally do good for himself and others. He fully utilized this gift his entire life, from constructing model airplanes, repairing automobiles and appliances, building beautiful pieces of furniture, finishing and improving his homes, to honing his skills at shooting pool. These attributes served him well into his last days.

Henry served in the military immediately after graduating from High School where he impressed and tormented his teachers by cutting many classes and somehow managing to master the material anyway. He met Frances after returning from overseas duty with the army. They had a son, Richard Henry, and Hank proceeded to tirelessly work to support his family by day, while also earning an engineering degree by night, thanks to the GI bill.

In a bold move, Hank was the first to move his family out of Brooklyn in order to pursue an engineering opportunity with General Motors. After three years in Greendale, Wisconsin, working for GM, the next opportunity brought them to Pennsylvania where Hank successfully worked in the aerospace industry at General Electric. From 1962 until his retirement in 1988, he held several manufacturing management positions, working on satellite communication systems.

After moving to Pennsylvania, Fran and Hank also had a daughter, Barbara Lynn.

Hank had an extraordinary level of energy and drive and directed it toward ensuring that his family would always feel safe, secure and comfortable, enjoying a meticulously maintained home. Hank will be remembered for being dependable, compassionate and industrious. He enjoyed gardening, golf, music, Penn State football, and the Eagles. He also excelled as a puzzler of crosswords and sudokus until his last weeks.

As a husband, father, pop-pop, brother, and friend, he leaves two grandchildren, Michaela Frances and Patrick Henry, his wife, Frances, and Richard (Patty Kline), and Barbara (Stuart Shaw) and many others with broken but full hearts, filled with fond and humorous memories.

Donations in Hank’s honor can be made to the following organizations:

Lymphoma Research Foundation, https://lymphoma.org/waystohelp/

Mutual Aid Diabetes, https://mutualaiddiabetes.com/

Add My Condolences

Hank will be greatly missed by me and my late ex husband Wilson Beckett. Who knows maybe they are rejoicing together in Heaven. What a great guy! Very entertaining and humble. Hank was such a wonderful person as is his wife Franny. I lost contact with Fran but would love to reconnect with you. With loving memories.

~ Lucille Beckett Harling Blue Bell, Pa
2/21/2024 9:16:00 PM

Hank was one of my beloved neighbors, who was quick to share the tomatoes from his garden with me, always had a "fix" for any of my household hardware problems, and always dispensed his wisdom with a smile. Luna and I miss seeing you on our morning walks past your house - and we will remember you with love in our hearts for having known you.

~ Bambi Christman Gilbertsville, PA
7/24/2023 5:02:27 PM

My Uncle Henry was a sweet and loving man. Anyone who was lucky enough to have known him was better for the experience. I loved him and will miss him. Rest in peace.

~ Gail Cosseboom
7/21/2023 2:55:59 PM

I'll always remember Uncle Hank's pipes (back in the day), guitar playing and stories. He will always be remembered with wonderful memories and love.

~ Jayne Shalhoub
7/21/2023 12:39:14 PM

My love and Prayers for Aunt Fran, Richard, Patty, Barbara, Stuart, Michaela and Patrick. My dad, used to tell me stories about your dad and how he met your mom, et. Your Mom, Dad and family have always been very kind and loving to us all. We love you all and will miss your dad. I pray God's grace, mercy and peace that passes all understanding will comfort your hearts. heart ??

~ Anna D'Amaro (Capaldo)
7/21/2023 12:07:46 PM

Aunt Fran, Richard and Barb.. I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Hank will surely be missed. It comforts me knowing that he is with my dad, Uncle Eddie and Grandma. RIP ????????

~ Rosemary Capaldo Deer Park, NY
7/21/2023 1:11:18 AM

Aunt Fran, Richard, Barbara
I am so very sorry. Uncle Hank will be missed. My dad used to talk about his greatness all the time. I loved hearing all the stories!! He was truly admired by all. Just a kind soul. RIP Uncle Hank ??

~ Nancy Capaldo
7/20/2023 9:13:53 PM

Condolences to you all during this difficult time, I will always remember him as a loving, intelligent, and kind soul.

~ Ralph Fierro Marlboro, NJ
7/20/2023 12:46:43 PM

Aunt Fran, Rich and Barb, I am so sorry about the loss of Uncle Hank. I will cherish the memories. He will always be with you. Maybe not physically but spiritually. Look for the signs. Love you all. Frannie ??

~ Fran Tavormina Copiague, NY
7/20/2023 12:15:16 PM

My deepest condolences to you all. I lover listening to Uncle Hank’s stories. He lived a beautiful, fulfilling life. He will be missed.

~ Roberta Fierro
7/20/2023 11:51:53 AM


Our deepest sympathies to you and your family especially your Mother. Your Dad seems like a phenomenal man and his memory will abide for the rest of your life.

~ Steve Hays
7/20/2023 8:44:41 AM

An amazing friend. Our families grew up together and shared so many wonderful times. The Christmas Eve 7 fishes was always a tradition we all looked forward to.. He will be missed.. my love and prayers for the family to focus on the beautiful memories of a man who lived a well life . God bless

~ Debra schoepe Sea Isle City, NJ
7/20/2023 6:46:24 AM