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Louis Capaldi
September 8, 1925 - October 29, 2017

Louis is the son of Italian immigrants who had settled in the west end of Port Norris. They were farmers like other Italian families in this part of town - known as “Little Italy”. He has worked on the family farm since he was a child. He and his brothers Phil and Joe took over the farm 1947. As Capaldi Bros, they raised string beans, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes - what was known as "truck farming" . In 1973 they transitioned to raising soy beans over 800 acres of land, which they still grow today.

In 1956, Louis married Marion Olivio of Rosenhayn, with whom he has two daughters, Denise and Lisa.

The Capaldi Bros. also planted oysters in the 1960's, with their schooner "Ollie I Collie".

He has been a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Port Norris, a church his father helped build.

In 1996, Capaldi Farms expanded into doing machine work, creating custom parts for Berry's Casket Factory in Port Norris. Louis is still farming today with no plans for retirement. Though he never went past eighth grade, Louis has helped run a successful farm for over sixty years. He has never worked anywhere but the family farm, a fact he is proud of. On November 21, 2010 Louis was recognized as a Living Legend of Port Norris.

Sources: Louis Capaldi, Marion Capaldi, Dominic Capaldi

Louis Capaldi presented with the Living Legend Award from daughters Denise, left, and Lisa.

Obituary for Louis T. Capaldi
September 8, 1925 - October 29, 2017

LOUIS CAPALDI, 92 of Port Norris died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on October 29, 2017. Louis was born in Port Norris to the late Domenico and Maria Tedessico Capaldi and lived in Port Norris all his life. 
Louis owned and operated Capaldi Farms with his brothers, Phillip and Joseph. In addition to farming vegetables, Louis and his brothers also planted and farmed oysters. He was a lifetime member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Port Norris, a church his father helped to build. In 1996 Capaldi Farms expanded to doing machine work. In 2010 Louis was recognized as a Living Legend of Port Norris by the Historical Society. In his spare time Louis would garden and supply vegetables to his friends and relatives. 
In addition to his parents, Louis is predeceased by his brothers, Phillip, Bernard, and Joseph, and his son in law Dennis. Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Marian Olivio Capaldi of Port Norris, two daughters, Denise of Collingswood and Lisa Gaudio (Charley) of Vineland. Four grandchildren, Jason (Amanda), Stephen (Holly), Lauren (Nick), and Samantha as well as in laws and several nieces and nephews. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church 1560 Main St. Port Norris on Friday November 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM. A viewing will be held in the church from 9:30 to 10:20 AM. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Vineland, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Parish of the Holy Cross St. Anthony’s Church 46 Central Ave. Bridgeton, NJ 08302 or Moorestown Hospice 300 Harper Dr. Moorestown, NJ 08057. 


Also see

Capaldi Farms Century Farm Award

Lou Capaldi - Adapting with the Changing Landscape Click Here
The Maurice River Reaches Project - River Recollections
Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, Inc.