COACH JIM CAPPELLETTI age 85, loving father of Sharon Mahoney, Kathy Cappelletti and Jim Jr.; devoted grandfather of Mikel and Jenifer Mahoney, Matthew Mahoney-White, Mia and Carly Milosevic; cherished son of the late James Leo and Mary (nee Pelosi); dearest brother of Don Craig and Judy Clark; former husband for 50 years of Nancy Fleming; treasured father-in-law of Sasa Milsoevic; dear uncle and great-uncle of many.
James Richard Cappelletti, Sr. Born December 7th, 1933 – May 2, 2019
A caring, giving, and loving father who was devoted and selfless to his family, friends, colleagues, students, and teams. He was hard working, rarely taking a day off from work, where he spent 45 years in the CH-UH District as a teacher and head basketball coach for the Cleveland Hts Tigers, winning 539 games in his coaching career, and leading the Tigers to the State Final Four six times (1975, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003), the finals twice (1975 and 1995), and winning the Division I State Championship in 1997 when he was named Ohio Coach of the Year. Coach Cap’s teams also won the Lake Erie League title 11 times. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. The Cleveland Heights High gymnasium now reads “Cappelletti Court” insignia on each of the baselines.
Contributions may be made in memory of Jim to Hospice of the Western Reserve, PO Box 72101, Cleveland, OH, 44192.
Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to Jim at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) SATURDAY MAY, 11, 2019 FROM 2-5:30 PM WITH A CLOSING PRAYER AND EULOGY SERVICE AT 5:30. Celebration of Life Service in memory of Jim will take place SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 at 2 PM at Cleveland Heights High School Cappelletti Court located in the Competition Gym.Print This Obituary & Condolences