Remembering Ed Capasse

Edward Capasse — a lifelong Westporter, former Board of Finance chair, and an active volunteer with the Westport Weston Family Y and Assumption Church — died last week, surrounded by his family. He was 91.

Ed was born October 1, 1930 in Westport, son of Police Captain Edward T. Capasse and Theresa PrunoLo Capasse.

Ed graduated from Staples High School. That’s where he met his wife of 48 years, Esther Ann Mondella, a Westport teacher.

After graduating from Fairfield University in 1952 and Boston College Law School in 1955, he became a prominent lawyer. He worked for over 60 years in Westport, first with Tate, Capasse & Johnson, then Nevas, Nevas & Capasse.

Ed Capasse

In addition to his work with the Board of Finance, Y and Assumption, Ed was an avid boater, golfer, swimmer and tennis player. He was a member of Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club and the Patterson Club.

Beyond his career as “consigliere” to Westport businessmen, he is
remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, who lived up to his Staples yearbook quote: “Upright as the cedar.”

“Deeply religious, he espoused strong family values, integrity, work ethic and charity, spiced with a wily sense of humor. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and gardening, while pursuing a late ‘singing career.'”

Ed spent his final years in Westport and Vero Beach, Florida with his late second wife, Linda Coburn Capasse, with whom he shared a decade of memories.

Ed is survived by his children Thomas (Jeanne) of Westport, Mary Beth (Jim) Carroll of Falls Church, Virginia, David of Bridgeport, and Meg (Dan) MacLeod
of South Portland, Maine; grandchildren, Jay (Becca), Erin and Addison Carroll and Natalie (Subhash) and Michael Capasse; great-grandchild Jarmin James
Carroll, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to Esther and Linda, Ed was pre-deceased by his sister, Marie Whelan.

Calling hours will take place at Harding Funeral Home, Westport
on August 15 (4 to 7 p.m.). A Mass of Christian Burial is set for Assumption Church on August 16 (11 a.m.), followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Foundation for Fighting
Blindness. Afflicted with a hereditary eye disease, Ed overcame occupational and
professional disability with support from the Foundation. He was an
active participant in their mission. Click here, or send to PO Box 45740, Baltimore, MD 21297.

16 responses to “Remembering Ed Capasse

  1. John D McCarthy

    A great man and great neighbor. Condolences to the Capasse family from the McCarthy family

  2. Mary Palmieri Gai

    He was such a wonderful guy and I know he had the admiration of countless others in town. Rest in Peace, Ed.

  3. Ed was a good person and came from a really good family. I worked with his sister, Marie and Esther taught my children. Another good old Westporter gone, not many of us left.

  4. My condolences to his family! I know what you mean, Helen, about old Westporters. My father was born in Westport, in 1918, in the farmhouse on Old Road.

  5. Ed was an incredible presence in Westport who was a true giver in every aspect of his life always putting self gain last. As solid as a man can be!.

  6. “Eddie” – as the old Saugatuck community affectionately and proudly referred to him, was a much admired neighbor during our childhood and a much respected counselor for the entirety of his adult life. Having had the privilege to work with him on one or two matters as a young lawyer many, many years ago, I still recall being impressed, if not surprised, by how Ed had managed to remain so much a gentleman well after a time when such a distinction had become an unnecessary if not bothersome peculiarity. Well done Eddie!

  7. When I started practicing law in Westport in 1978, Ed was one of the most prominent lawyers. I think I applied for a job with his firm (I didn’t get the job), and I always had a warm relationship with him. I served on the RTM with Tom, and my condolences go to the family.

  8. Carl Addison Swanson, '66

    Ed was a good attorney who handled our neighbor’s estate in 2006. Despite his diminishing vision, he not only practiced law but also played golf.

  9. Douglass Davidoff

    My father, Jerry Davidoff, practiced law in Westport from 1960 until 1996. He rented office space from Tate & Capasee and greatly admired Ed Capasee. My condolences to the Capasee family.

  10. Ed and Ester were next door neighbors on Whippoorwill Lane and good friends with my parents for many years. They were the best of people. My condolences to family and friends.

  11. I had the honor of working with Ed for several years in the late nineties. A fine lawyer, great person, and true gentleman. My thoughts are with his family.

  12. Diana Pils Marino '79

    Meg, I’m so sorry about your Dad’s passing. He sounded wonderful. My prayers and thoughts to your entire family during this time. May he rest in eternal peace.

  13. William F. Capasse

    My condolences to the family

  14. Roberta Pearson

    My connection to Mr. Capasse is, that for many years, I worked across the hall from Nevas Nevas & Capasse. He was such a lovely gentleman and I will miss him.
    Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  15. Mr. Capasse helped our family in a few standard issue legal matters over the years…from the time we moved to Westport in 1968 until his retirement from the profession. I’ll always remember his sharp insights, friendly demeanor and great advice. So admired by many including the Baity family. Condolences to the Capasse family.

  16. Latifa Dumas’s

    I will never forget you my friend. We had so much fun listen to music and singing while I was training you for many years. I will always love you. Latifa Dumas

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