WATERBURY — Michael “Micky” A. Capuano, 94, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Waterbury Hospital. He was the husband for 59 years of the late Martha F. (Gwiazdowski) Capuano.
Michael was born in Bridgeport, the son of the late Antonio and Ida (Lariccia) Capuano. He came to Litchfield County at the age of 14 to Goshen and Watertown to work on dairy farms until the age of 17.
When the war broke out, he enlisted in the service, serving his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Bennett.
He served as a cook and gunner’s mate, seeing action in the South Pacific Theater.
He was honorably discharged in 1945.
When he returned to Watertown, he worked at the Princeton Knitting Mills Company on Echo Lake Road, where he met his wife-to-be, Martha.
He worked there until the mill closed after 18 years.
He then found employment at Hartley Tool and Dye Company in Thomaston and remained there for 40 years until his retirement in 2005.
He developed a friendship and a unique bond with the company president, Earl “Doc” Hartley, so much so that he was by Doc’s side at the time of his death.
Micky was proud of the fact that he was a charter member of VFW Post 7330, Oakville.
In his free time, Micky enjoyed working in his yard and vegetable garden.
He especially enjoyed going in his swimming pool at 5 a.m. every morning, before starting his day.
Micky was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching his beloved Red Sox, New England Patriots and UConn Women’s Basketball team. He also loved watching horse racing, especially the Triple Crown.
Most of all he adored spending time with his grandchildren, taking them to Lake Quassy for an afternoon of fun, family pool parties and barbecuing, and watching his two grandchildren, Brian and Erik, play little league and Babe Ruth baseball.
Left to remember, cherish and honor Micky’s memory are his two children, Susan M. Solski of Bayonne, N.J., and Michael “Jack” and his wife, Lorrie, of Bantam; his four grandchildren, Michael Solski, III and his wife, Jill, Melissa Castellano and her husband, Michael, Brian Capuano and his wife, Lauren, and Erik Capuano; his three great-grandchildren, Ava, Michael and Gunner, and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thank-you to Cindy Slekis and Roland Gwiazdowski for their loving care and support during the later years of Micky’s life.
Besides his wife and parents, Micky was predeceased by his two brothers, Nick Capuano and Pasquale Capuano, and his beloved son-in-law, Michael R. Solski, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place September 7 at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 16 Buckingham St., Oakville.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Watertown Fire Department, 935 Main St., Watertown 06795.