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Coach Jim Cappelletti

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.

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  1. We want to share our condolences with the family. It’s never easy saying goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises that one day this pain will be a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3&4 May you find comfort in these promises.

  2. Danielle Vespucci

    Coach was the absolute “BEST of the BEST” I am so grateful to have known and cared for him. Thinking of you all and praying for Sharon & Kathy.
    Danielle Vespucci

  3. Vincent T Alvarez

    Vincent Alvarez
    It was quite a pleasure being on The Heights Basketball Sidelines for 11 years.
    I met so many wonderful people including The Cappelletti Family.
    I’ll always remember how Coach Cap gave all of us a chance to be around the game of basketball.
    I’ll also remember how everyone in The Cappelletti ” Loved Their Pa”.

  4. All you can ask out of life is love and work that matters. Seems like James Capp had both. Sadly, I never met Coach Capp, but if my dear pal Jimmy Capp Jr. is any indication he was a great dad and a man of good humor and the highest character. My family and I wish the Cappelletti family peace and love during these sad days.

  5. Rev. Geffen J. Okin

    RIP Coach Cappelletti!
    Family, friends and Heights Tigers sending my condolences.

  6. I was so lucky to have a brother who loved me and always looked out for me.i cannot be there because of illness but my heart and love is with him.RIP BROTHER.i love you.

  7. Budd Margolis

    My condolences to the Cappelletti family. Cap touched many, many people and I have only fond memories if him as a teacher and coach. A life well lived and much appreciated.

  8. I had the privilege of meeting Jim when he would visit with Dr. Donald Junglas. I was the Doctor’s assistant and Jim would always bring me coffee because his visit were early in the morning. We always talked about basketball. Jim always had an entertaining story to tell. I often think of him.

  9. Dominick Lombardo

    I met you ata basketball tournament 20 yrs ago what a kind and class act you were taking the time to talk to r.i.p

  10. To the entire Cap Family…I’m so sad to hear this news. I met both Coach & your Mom when I first got to Wiley in 1962. He was the first coach/teacher who I felt really cared about me, & we grew much closer during our time at Wiley & then at Heights. We saw each other periodically through the years, & more often after he met my daughters when they attended Heights. Our family went to a lot of his games, especially during the Final Four years (including trips to Columbus for the Finals). He always greeted me with a smile & a hug. He made a gigantic difference in my life…I loved him and I’ll never forget him. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Try to take good care of each other!! Love to all of you…. Ernie Cohen

  11. My God Bless Coach Cap and family. He treated me like a son. Will never forget him. RIP love you forever!.

  12. May God Bless Coach Cap and family. He treated me like a son. Will never forget him. RIP love you forever!.

  13. Elliott H Schaffer

    My sincere condolences to the family of “Coach” Cappelletti. I enjoyed playing for him at both Wiley JH and CHHS. I greatly respected his abilities and integrity and wish you solace.

  14. Mr. & Mrs. Spencer

    Our deepest condolences, prayers are with the family. I remember Coach Cappelletti made us run around the school for gym class we was so mad at him, Then he started laughing saying I couldn’t do that. Lol!!! I loved having him for a teacher, He will be missed. Class of 89 & 90

  15. Anthony Gordon

    He was a great man who introduced me to sports back in 6th grade. It got me to Penn State on several top ranked teams! Rest in peace Coach!

  16. Tyrone M Greathouse

    Rest in heaven coach Cappelletti your were one my favorite teachers another Cleveland Heights tiger champion earns his golden wings

  17. Gary Vaccariello

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Played against Capp in the late 60’s. He has touch hundreds of young adults both as a teacher & coach in many positive ways! Heaven is the place to be & it just got that much better with Capp!

  18. Charles Shaddow

    Sincere condolences to the Cappelletti family. I treasure my days with coach and the joy he brought to the Heights Community. A great teacher, coach and mentor to countless young men and women. Mike Shaddow

  19. To Nancy and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Cap. I always looked up to Cap as a father figure and have so many fond memories of him. I can’t help but think that Cap and my dad “Bob Khoenle” are catching up on old times now. GOD bless you and your family,
    Kris Khoenle

  20. Jed Caswall, HHS 1968

    Back before HHS became a basketball powerhouse, Coach Cappelletti cultivated the ground in the Heights in the mid to late 1960’s. Back then, Coach Cap used to take a group of aspiring jr. high BB players (me included) to the East Cleveland YMCA on Friday nights for a couple of hours of basketball, swimming and fun. He was always encouraging, funny, and served as an excellent role model. He, along with new Head Coach Bob Tager, started to turn Height’s basketball fortunes around in the late 1960’s. I remember him helping me with my foul shooting and defensive positioning. He always displayed patience, and often accompanied his coaching with humor. It did not surprise me when he subsequently achieved the success he did as a coach and educator. As co-captain of the 1967-68 Tiger basketball team, I want to extend my and the team’s heartfelt condolences to Coach Cap’s family and friends. He made a positive difference!

  21. Kathy, Sasa, Mia and Carly – so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you and will be praying. Remember good memories of times together with your dad and grandfather.

    Steve, Catherine, George & Camille

  22. William Hester

    What a great lost to Cleveland Hts school and the community. A great man who care about people and his students he taught and coached He will be truly missed My Condolence to the Cappelletti family.

  23. Adele Napierala

    Adele Napierala
    Please accept our sincere condolences from the entire Napierala family. We all have very fond memories of his genuine friendliness and welcoming smile! Our last meeting with him was the occasion of my dear husbands funeral when Jim and Nancy drove in to Buffalo to pay respects. We were so touched. May his beautiful soul Rest In Peace.

  24. Jim’s calm presence and soft smile hid the bulldozer of positive spirit that led his athletes to excellence. It was a privilege to know him.

  25. Eugene Rackoff

    Jim’s calm presence and soft smile hid the bulldozer of positive spirit that led his athletes to excellence. It was a privilege to know him.

  26. Monica Carter

    We are so sorry for your loss. Cap was a great friend and we were all blessed to have been apart of his basketball family at Heights
    The Carter Family

  27. Reggie Hannah

    God Bless Coach Cap and his family. Thanks, for the memorable ride to Columbus, OH in 1975!! Reggie Hannah (your co-captain point guard during the 1975 basketball run). R.I.P.

  28. To Jimmy and the Cappelletti Family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like he was an incredible person who made a difference in many lives. I am thinking of you at this difficult time and wishing you peace.

  29. I’m so sorry to hear about Coach Jim. I played for him at Height when he coached the JV basketball team back in 1967.
    My prayers go out to all of your family

  30. Thanks Coach Capp

  31. Chuck and Tina Lamb

    We cannot say enough to console you at this time. Our love for Coach Cap will never die nor will we ever ever forget him and the wonderful times we had together. I am just beyond sadness for your family. MAY GOD GRANT ETERNAL REST UPON HIM.

  32. Our sympathies to the Cappelletti family. It was a privilege to know and work with Coach. Coach was a legend who made you feel special when you were around him. Rest in Peace Jim.
    Pat Moore and John Schwartz


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