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Dominick Vincent Capaldi

June 1, 1941 - February 17, 2024

Presented by Sam Ricci, Sr.


Dominick Capaldi

Dominick Capaldi was born on June 1, 1941. His parents were Philip and Victoria. He has a sister Mary and three daughters Deanna, Karen and Debbie, and one grandson Luca, his girls and grandson all live in Colorado.

Dom is a partner in Capaldi Farms, and Capaldi Machine Products, during the Seventys and Eightys was an oysterman, and captain of the "Ollie I Collie".

In 2014 the New Jersey Agricultural Society presented Capaldi Farms with the "Centery Farm of the year'' award. Capaldi Farms Century Farm Award

Dom serves on the Cumberland County board of Agriculture Executive Committee, and for many years served on the Farmers Home Administration County Committee, he is a Chamber by the Bay member, a member of the Port Norris Rotary, is also a past president of the Port Norris Historical Society. After Phils passing in 2004 Dom and his sister Mary started a Memorial Scholarship in his name to any Cumberland County high school senior who wishes to continue there education in Agriculture or related field, This Scolarship is presented by the Cumberland County Board of Agriculture.


Dom and I grew up on neighboring farms and I could go on for an hour about my observations of his great sense of humor. I will not go into great detail now because you don't want to know! I will give you a brief summary at this time.

When he is with a group of friends there will almost always be a series of quips by Dom . We have experienced those witty remarks at our table tonight. You may have heard the out burst of laughter.

Dom is often looked to for advice. Regardless of the request, Dom has a consistently, consistent reply." Don't eat crackers in bed, you will have a crummy night". I chuckled when I saw the auction item on the table which had Water Crackers in it.

Dom is influential on people. When we were in our teens , a few of my friends and I were at Dom's house. I believe his sister Mary had gotten a new car,but for what ever reason we piled into the car and headed towards the "strip" -- Main Street Port Norris. We cruised past Newcombs Market, Laws and Laws Service Station, the pool hall, the police station and on to Peek of The Moon where we turned around to make another pass down the "strip". After we made the turn around Dom yelled out SQUEEL MARY! Mary stepped on the accerelator and left a ten foot stretch of rubber on the pavement. Dom influences people!

Dom is a kind, generous,and helpful friend to all and I am honored to be a part of his recognition as a Living Legend.

– Sam Ricci, Sr.

Dominick Capaldi
Dom relaxing with his dog Jax.
Jax loves to grab ears of corn and chew on them.

Dominick Capaldi
Dom in the Machine shop where they make parts for the caskets.

Legends Dinner 2017

Dominick Capaldi
PNHS Member Gloria Guidera presents to Dom Capaldi with his sister Mary.

Dominick Capaldi
Dom Capaldi with his sister Mary.

Photos: Rachel Cobb

Obituary for Dominick Vincent Capaldi

DOMINICK VINCENT CAPALDI. June 1, 1941-Febriuary 17, 2024, It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved father and brother on February 17, 2024. 

He fought an arduous battle with cancer and did so with dignity, bravery and of course – some humor. He lived a joyful deliberate life while leaving a trail of laughter in his wake. 

He was a farmer, at father, a brother, and grandfather and a dog dad. 
Raised in Port Norris, NJ he moved to Florida for his Golden Years. 
He left us the note with his arrangements and we share it with you all now. 
“Life is a test. As we go through life it gives us many things, but without warning life starts to take the things it has given us. Youth, friends, family and health- but in the end, if we are able to recognize and regret the wrongs we have done, our moral compass facing True North, we are one of the good guys. We passed. Dom passed.” 

Wherever he is now, we know he is cracking a joke and had a big bright smile on his face. He will be missed. 

Holy Cross Cemetery, High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

To email condolences and or tributes please visit www.hofffmanfuneralhomes.net


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