Richard A. Capobianco
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Richard A. Capobianco
  • August 31, 1933 - May 31, 2016
  • Madison, Connecticut

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Richard (Dick) Angelo Capobianco, 82, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL., formerly of Madison, CT, and Providence, RI, passed away Monday, May 31, 2016 at Yale's Smilow Hospital in New Haven, CT with his loving family by his side.
He was born August 31, 1933, in Providence, RI to Louis G. Capobianco and Italia (Helen) Costantini of Providence, RI. He was predeceased by his parents, and his older brother Louis Capobianco Jr. He also leaves his sister Ann Shirley and her husband Attilio (Leo) Viti of Kissimmee, FL , and his brother Robert and his wife Coral Capobianco of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Geraldine, and his three children; Paul Capobianco and his wife Beth of Guilford, CT; Cheryl Capobianco of Durham, CT; and Louis Capobianco and his wife Mary-Lou of Madison, CT. He was the very proud grandfather of his seven grandchildren, Marc and Renee Schleif, Richard, Monica, and Erica Capobianco, David Schleif, and Michael Capobianco.
Dick had a plan and worked hard from the beginning to achieve his goals. He graduated from Bryant College, achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1953 by the age of 19. Anxious to get started in life, but unable to find a job during the Korean War, he volunteered for the Army to serve his country. He returned home from the service during the summer of 1956, and he and Geri were married by that November. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a position as a manager trainee with the MAC Loan Company in Providence Rhode Island, and worked there until he was offered the manager's position in their New Haven office.
In 1969 he joined the New Haven Credit Bureau as a department manager; subsequently purchasing the business in 1971. With a clear vision of the future, and the innovations of computer technology on the doorstep, he computerized the company's previously-manual credit files onto the TransUnion credit system. The business thrived and by the late 1970's grew to become the Credit Bureau of CT. His sons joined the business during the 1980's and the company expanded to include the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
A leader in the business community, Dick was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, and was a recipient of the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow award. He also served on numerous trade and industry associations throughout his career, including the Consumer Data Industry Association "CDIA", serving both on its Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board; the New England Credit Bureaus, serving on both its Board of Directors and as President; the New Haven Consumer Credit Association, serving on both its Board of Directors and as President; the Better Business Bureau Board of Directors, along with many other organizational involvements throughout the years.
Always an active alumni of Bryant College, he participated in the fundraising efforts for the campus' new technology center, which included a computer classroom named in his honor, and he participated in their Capital Campaign effort to raise $50,000,000 - a goal that was achieved within two years. He served as President of the Bryant College Alumni Association, later becoming a Trustee of Bryant University and establishing the Richard and Geraldine Capobianco Scholarship Fund for deserving Connecticut students wishing to attend Bryant.
In his retirement, his passion to help others found its way to Yale New Haven Hospital. He became a member of the committee to raise funds for the new cancer hospital. His philanthropy and associated fundraising efforts helped to build the new Smilow Cancer Hospital, for which he had great pride. He subsequently developed a personal interest in Yale's desire to expand their Urology Department and facilitated the expansion of that Department with a shared vision for it to achieve excellence. Along the way he made many friends among the administrators, physicians, and like-minded benefactors who shared those passions; eventually serving with his wife on Yale's Urology Department's Advisory Committee.
Dick was a talented, self-taught tennis player, and won many tournaments into his 80's. He loved golfing with his wife, and especially looked forward to their Monday nights at the Madison Country Club with his son Paul, and grandson Richard.
He loved the outdoors and the many beaches near his Florida home. Most recently he joined the beach community of West Walk, in Clinton, CT - to share summers with his children and grandchildren.
Dick was a parishioner of St. Patrick's in Jupiter, FL; and had also previously been a long-time parishioner of St Margaret's in Madison, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 6th at 10:00 am at St. George's Church, on 33 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT. Committal will be private.
Friends may call Sunday, June 5th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Swan Funeral Home, located at 825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT. 06443. To sign the online guest book go to www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dick Capobianco may be made to the Smilow Cancer Hospital, ? YNHH Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508, or online atwww.givetoynhh.org.