302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Achille Gilbert Capaldi

Wilmington Builder for over 60 years

Gilbert (Achille) Capaldi of Wilmington, Delaware passed peacefully at home on May 11th surrounded by his loving family and companion. He was 89 years old.

 Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Achille “Gil” and Madeline Capaldi. A graduate of Sallies and since 1948, Gil and his father contributed greatly to our Wilmington community with construction of numerous commercial buildings, churches and schools for the diocese of Wilmington and State of Delaware including St. Catherine of Sienna Church and School, St. Peter’s New Castle Church and School, Holy Angels Church and School, Sterk School, Meadowood School, New Castle Library, Stanton National Guard Amory, Port of Wilmington Refrigeration facilities, New Castle County Highway Department Offices, University of Delaware Field House, Salasianum Field House, St. Peter’s Cathedral Renovations, Diocese of Wilmington Office Reconstruction, and Allied Chemical projects spanning over 10 years and numerous others.

 Gil’s passion for construction, architecture, music and the church was well known. He volunteered and served on many boards including St. Marks High School (15 years), Little Sisters of the Poor, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. In later years, he contributed extensive expertise for re-construction and repairs on many historical and religious structures throughout the Diocese of Wilmington and was instrumental in the design and construction of the original and new Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in north Wilmington.

 Gil’s foremost passion was his family and Alice – his wife and best friend for over 58 years who preceded him in 2010. He was also preceded in death by his son Jerry in 1976.

Gil is survived by twin daughters Becky Hardy and husband Bruce of Greenville, Reyne Kutz of Wilmington, son Jeff Capaldi and wife Cindy of Avondale, PA. He is also survived by companion Donna Gleason of Greenville, Delaware with whom he shared several years of his later life. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren – Michelle Carney of Sterling VA, Valerie Cucinotta of Glen Mills PA, Tom Kutz of Belton, MO, and 1 step grandson Frank Kesser of Avondale, PA. He was also very proud of his 7 great grandchildren – Avery, Austin, Tommy, Raleigh, Carmen, Gabriel, and Johnny.

 In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Rd, Newark, DE 19713.

 Visitation by family and friends will be at St. Anthony Church 10:00-11:00 on Wednesday, May 15, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

 

 

 

Funeral Services

 In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Rd, Newark, DE 19713.

 Visitation by family and friends will be at St. Anthony Church 10:00-11:00 on Wednesday, May 15, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

 

 

Condolences

    Robert Frank writes,
    Jeff - my sincere condolence - God bless your father
    05/12/2019 07:33 pm
    Dennis & Holly Farrell lit a candle and writes,
    Jeff & Cindy, We were so sorry to hear of Gil's passing. He was very special , talented and a true gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
    05/13/2019 05:51 pm
    TENUI NEC DIMITTAM-"I'VE TAKEN HOLD AND WON'T LET GO". lit a candle and writes,
    TENUI NEC DIMITTAM-"I'VE TAKEN HOLD AND WON'T LET GO"-LATIN MOTTO OF SALESIANUM/SALLIES. SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY/FRIENDS.
    05/13/2019 08:12 pm
    Bill Graney writes,
    I have great memories of the family at IHM. thanks for all the many ways Gil helped the church in Wilmington. He is remembered at Mass and prayers in several parishes, schools, and Jesus House, Tuesday Mass. Thanks again.
    05/14/2019 10:03 am
    Coleen Hubler lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Donna and Family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that I am thinking of you at this sad time.
    05/14/2019 10:34 am
    Carmen Martinez lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Donna: I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. I hope that the memories of shared love and happiness stay with you forever.
    05/14/2019 10:55 am
    Sharon Luginsland lit a candle and writes,
    Jeff and Cindy, so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers and positive thoughts.
    05/14/2019 02:49 pm
    Catherine Romanowski writes,
    Dear Becky, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father.... it's never easy losing someone we love, especially our parent. May you feel comfort with all the wonderful memories of your father. With our sincere sympathy..... Cathy & Frank Romanowski
    05/14/2019 03:19 pm
    Andrea and Tony Rogers, and Family lit a candle and writes,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    05/14/2019 07:23 pm
    Cynthia Capaldi lit a candle and writes,
    Farewell, Dad, with so many fond and loving memories. Love, love, love....
    05/15/2019 04:17 pm
    Sharon Allen writes,
    Our deepest condolences to the Capaldi family. May the love of the Christ comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time. John 6:40. Gil has left great memories to treasure. Resting in peace; he will be greatly missed.
    05/16/2019 04:11 pm

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