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Richard Joseph DeCapio, 53, of Cambridge, MD, beloved husband of Laurie (Hertel) DeCapio, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. They both hail from Connecticut and relocated to Cambridge, MD in 2006, so Rich could take his dream job as the Assistant Band Director of the United States Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, in Annapolis, MD.
Rich was the son of the late Orlando and Frances DeCapio of East Lyme, CT, and in addition to his wife, Laurie, he leaves behind his beloved labs, Bailey & Ace, his brother John DeCapio of New Jersey, his Father-In-Law Richard Hertel of Glastonbury, CT, his sister and brother in laws Nancy & Peter Teveris of S. Glastonbury, CT and Christopher & Sue Hertel of Wethersfield, CT and brother-in-law Keith Hertel of Lantana, FL along with his niece Erica Teveris and her husband Matt Staebner of So.Glastonbury, CT and a nephew Jesse Teveris also of So. Glastonbury, CT.
Rich loved music, and enjoyed going to jams to play his guitar, he was also a member of the Bridgemen Marching Band, Bayonne, NJ for many years. He also loved his jeep wrangler, which propelled him into becoming a member of the Chesapeake Jeep Club. His other hobbies included golf, RC racing, and playing the guitar.
A viewing & visitation will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 2:00 -4:00 pm at the Newcomb & Collins Funeral Home, 308 High Street, Cambridge, MD.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name can be made to the Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, checks payabe to US Treasury – MEMO LINE (VERY IMPORTANT): MWF/D&B, Comptroller Gift Funds Division, 181 Wainwright Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.
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My prayers & condolences to the DeCapio Family. Richard was a BFF of mine while we were children in Oakdale, CT. I had lost touch over the years when the family had moved away only to find Richard & John on Facebook many years later. I'm glad Richard was able to land that dream job and do what he really loved. He will be dearly missed, but will live on in our hearts and minds. Godspeed old friend...Fair winds and following seas.
Ron Bannister Mar 31 2019 12:00 AM
Laurie,We are so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Cindy and Lawrence Hayman Mar 30 2019 12:00 AM
I had just come to know Rich as I just reported to the Naval Academy last October. Rich warmly welcomed me into the Academy family and always greeted me with a smile and firm handshake. He was extremely dedicated to his Midshipmen in the Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and the epitome of what we seek in mentors to inspire and positively influence our future leaders. On behalf of the men and women of the United States Naval Academy Band, thank you, Rich, for your devotion to music and to our Academy. You are one of a kind my friend, and are most assuredly missed around the Yard.
Patrick Sweeten Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
I went to high school with Rich and have nothing but good memories of him. We really did not connect until senior year, as he was a band guy and I was not. We both had muscle cars from the late 60's that we would ride-share in. His was better, being a convertible GTO. He introduced me to the X-Men comics and gave me my most prized issues. We shared a love for comic art and never seemed to be at a loss for other things to talk about.I have not seen Rich since graduation, but feel saddened for his family in this time of sudden loss. You were all lucky to have had the time with him that you did, however short.
George C Zitka Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
Marched with Rich in the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps when he played snare drum in an undefeated drumline and a World Championship season in 1986! Hardworking and very likeable he will be greatly missed by all who knew him! The USNA D&B CORPS and the Academy lost a great one! Hand Salute, GO BUSH, GODSPEED, and God bless you!
Larry Otreba Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Laurie,We were shocked to get the news of Rich's passing. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Carleen & Donnie
Carleen Austin Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Laurie,We are so sorry to hear the news of Rich's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief. With sincere condolences, Rob and Lisa Rosati
Rob Rosati Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
Words cannot express our sorrow!!! I pray Rich's memories provide you some bit of comfort. Laurie, please know we are here for you. Love Lisa & Kirk Hlavaty
Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
May God pour out his love and comfort on you in this difficult time. Tommy Nelson, and your friends at Jake's Finer Foods.
Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
Laurie and family and Rich's USNA family. I am shocked to hear this news. Rich came to Hurricanes when I was director and we hit it off. A great member and drummer, When Bridgemen Alumni started I had the pleasure to be in the snare line with him, No being able to be at all the rehearsals, Rich was the one that would take me off to the side and get me caught up. I was so proud of him when he go the USNA percussion position. He will be missed by all. Rest in Peace my Brother. Vic Kulinski Jr. Orlando Fl. by way of Conn.
Vic Kulinski Mar 28 2019 12:00 AM