Former Barnegat Mayor Frank Caputo (File Picture by Ryan Morrill)
Previous Barnegat Township Mayor Frank Caputo passed away Jan. 11 due to what his family members claimed had been difficulties from COVID-19.
Caputo, who was 76, served on the township committee from 2016 to 2018 and was mayor in the remaining calendar year. Earlier, he had served a few years on the Barnegat Township Board of Education.
Prior to relocating to Barnegat in 2010, the retired trainer and principal had formerly served on boards of education in Mount Olive and Clifton. He also when served as deputy mayor in his hometown of Belleville.
Caputo’s household has honored him by developing a scholarship fund in his memory. The Frank Caputo Memorial Fund will benefit long term graduating seniors of Barnegat Significant School. Contributions are requested in lieu of flowers despatched to the Barnegat Funeral Property.
On the Barnegat Funeral House obituary, his son-in-legislation, Wayne Jackson, wrote, “As an educator, Frank touched numerous life when serving in many New Jersey elementary and significant universities as mentor, function model, and principal. In addition to his academic effects, Frank was often all set to roll up his sleeves and help his communities.”
Barnegat Deputy Mayor Alfonso Cirulli stated Caputo’s demise surprised him.
“Frank seemed like an individual who was indestructible,” claimed Cirulli, himself a retired educator. “I considered if any one could conquer COVID-19, it would have been Frank. He was challenging, and incredibly passionate about what he thought in.”
John Germano, Barnegat Substantial College athletic director, mentioned Caputo was a huge supporter of youth athletics. In an job interview when operating for workplace in 2015, Caputo mentioned that “more athletics and recreation fields can take a great deal of negativity away. Sports activities courses and awesome fields can be a explanation that people will want to appear to Barnegat.”
“Frank attended each 1 of our varsity football online games,” stated Germano. “He has a few granddaughters pretty energetic in sports, and he went to all their online games. He unquestionably is worthy of having a scholarship in his name.” —E.E.