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Paul S. “Salvi” Caponigro

Private Funeral Services & Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, will be held for Paul S. “Salvi” Caponigro, who passed on Wednesday, May 13th following a brief illness at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of Somerville. Mr. Caponigro observed his 107th birthday on March 24th with the presence & love of the Nuns at the facility, in an attempt to help ease the absence of his most devoted family, due to the ongoing pandemic mandates.

Born & raised in East Boston, Mr. Caponigro was an alumnus of East Boston High School, Class of 1931 & a 1935 alumnus of Boston University. Early in his working career, he was with Special Services & the Peace Corps in Japan. After leaving Special Services, he began 25 years of service as a Boston School Teacher of the Arts & Ceramics. He was proud to be the only “Ceramics” Teacher registered to the City of Boston. A man of deep & devout faith, his goal was to serve the Roman Catholic Church as an ordained Priest. However, being a victim & survivor of Polio, he was denied admission to the Seminary. Although, the good & excelsior mode of his life, served his students, family & friends with a hallmark to follow in their own lives. His knowledge of art & the many, many vistas that the study of art, allows us to partake, was genuine & complete. His humility & integrity were life-long attributes that saw him to the completion of his 107 years. He was a member of several Art Associations, the Winthrop Art Association, being one. Paul was a long-standing member of the Boston Retired Teachers’ Association.

He was the beloved son of the late Angelo & Carmella (Luongo) Caponigro & together they parented 7 (seven) children & Paul is the last. His late siblings were, Aida I. Caponigro, Eugene A. Caponigro, Joseph, Americo & Liberto Caponigro & Robert Cappy. He is the cherished uncle to Philip A. Caponigro, Joseph S. Caponigro & his wife, Kelly & Carlo E. Caponigro & his wife, Francesca & Janice Marcinkowski & her late husband Joseph. Many grandnieces & grandnephews also survive him. He is also lovingly survived by his faithful caring sister-in-law, Margaret “Margie” (Bagley) Caponigro-Chiaraluce. In grateful recognition of the extraordinary care rendered Paul, his family asks that, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the “Little Sisters of the Poor”, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143. Please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com  and social media for postings on date, time & place of venue for celebrations of life/funeral mass.


Immediate Funeral Services will be Private. A Celebration of Life/Memorial Funeral Mass will be announced at a later date on social media and our website.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the “Little Sisters of the Poor”, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.


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  1. Anne Anninger
    May 17 2020

    I befriended Paul as a visiting volunteer at Little Sisters over the last seven years. What a wonderful man, a wonderful artist, and a wonderful friend. I admired his courage and strength as he dealt with old old age and never gave up. I will cherish forever the sweet moments we spent together. I hope to meet Paul in heaven so that we may continue our conversations on Italian art, ceramics, teaching in public school and museum visits. Adieu Paul, your friend Anne
    Sending my condolences to his family, in particular to his dear sister in-law whom he mentioned to me a number of times in a very loving way.

    Please let me know when a memorial service is planned. Thank you

  2. Philip A Caponigro
    May 17 2020

    God Bless Uncle Salvi!!!!!

  3. Marguerite Bova
    May 16 2020

    God bless and be with you dear and wonderful man. Although I never had the privilege of knowing you, the words written about you are so impressive you touched my heart. I’m sure God is happy you are in his presence ❤️

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