Andrew Capizzi

(06/02/2013)


24, of Paramus, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Andrew worked as an Assistant Track Team Coach for Holy Angels School in Demarest, NJ and at the Running Store in Ridgewood, NJ. He received his Master’s Degree from John Jay College in New York. Andrew had many accomplishments; he was picked most Valuable Player in High School, winner of the Paramus 10K in 2011, participated in many triathlons and he ran for Ramapo College. He was a parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation in Paramus.

Loving son of David and Lorraine (nee Atanas) Capizzi. Beloved brother of Joshua Capizzi. Adored grandson of Betty Atanas the late Michael and Frances Capizzi the late Salvatore. He will be dearly missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113-S Farview Ave., Paramus. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM at the Church of the Annunciation, 50 West Midland Ave., Paramus. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.


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Posted by Taylor on June 11, 2013 6:31 PM x

I am a sophomore at Holy Angels, Coach c was my distance coach and was the best coach I have had the pleasure of having. Pushing us all to do our best was his specialty, and he will forever be missed. RIP Coach C, once an angel, always an angel.


Posted by Sandra Weber on June 7, 2013 3:39 PM x

I still can't fathom how this could have happened to our classmate Andrew. It seems like yesterday that we went to the diner after stats class to celebrate the end of the semester. He was so enthusiastic about his sports and life itself that his passing will remain not only a deep shock but a scar on the souls of all of us who got to know him. My thoughts go to the family in these dark days.


Posted by Tiffany Harvey on June 7, 2013 2:58 PM x

Andrew was an amazing, intelligent person. I had two classes with him at John Jay and consider myself lucky to have known him. Please accept my condolences and my heart goes out to his family and friends. Tiffany Harvey, Hermon, Maine


Posted by Emily Dowdell on June 6, 2013 1:17 PM x

I am so sorry to hear about Andrew. I didn't know him very well, but we were paired up in a class last Spring to help edit one another's theses. Andrew was always very sweet and helpful. And he spoke very proudly of the children that he coached. He really was a good person, and you should be very proud of that. My sympathies to all of his family and friends. I hope he rests peacefully.


Posted by Dr. Diana Falkenbach on June 6, 2013 11:53 AM x

It is with great sadness that the MA program in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice mourns the loss of one of our own. Andrew worked hard and to earn his recent degree. He was well liked and respected in the program, and his thesis was a valuable contribution to the research. He will be missed.


Posted by Kristen Sherlock on June 6, 2013 8:43 AM x

I am a junior at Holy Angels and Coach Capizzi was the best coach I ever had. He was so knowledgeable, supportive,motivational, and caring. Even though I was not one of his distance girls, he still took my splits at meets and encouraged me to get through tough workouts. He will be missed greatly and no coach will be able to replace him. RIP coach. Once an angel always an angel.


Posted by Olivia Salomone on June 6, 2013 7:06 AM x

I am a sophomore at Holy Angels. Although he was not my track coach directly, it was clear that Coach Capizzi cared about everyone on the team. No matter who was running in what race, he could be heard cheering them on. He was a big inspiration to everyone through his passion for and dedication to running. My prayers and thoughts go out to Coach Capizzi, his family, his friends, his girlfriend, and all the other members of the track team. Rest in peace Coach Capizzi.


Posted by Amanda Lombardozzi on June 5, 2013 6:43 PM x

I knew Andrew through my bf who is another coach at Holy Angels. At every meet I went to he could be heard cheering on the girls. He was a great man who was taken away from this world to early. My deepest condolences go out to his entire family and all that knew him. You will be missed deeply Andrew.


Posted by Amanda Lombardozzi on June 5, 2013 6:41 PM x

I knew Andrew through my bf who is another coach at Holy Angels. At every meet I went to he could be heard cheering on the girls. He was a great man who was taken away from this world to early. My deepest condolences go out to his entire family and all that knew him. You will be missed deeply Andrew.


Posted by Rachel Rueck on June 5, 2013 3:00 PM x

Dave - my deepest sympathy for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Lisa Capone on June 5, 2013 2:09 PM x

We are all so very sorry for your loss, Lisa, Jim, Sarah and Pauline Capone


Posted by Gail Menner on June 5, 2013 1:03 PM x

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest condolences


Posted by Doug Merrill on June 5, 2013 11:47 AM x

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies for the loss of Andrew. I was one of Andrew's RA's at Ramapo his sophomore year. Andrew was one of the nicest kids I had ever had the privilege of serving. Andrew must have been a firm believer that smiles are contagious, because he always had a smile on his face and truly lived life to its fullest. It was an honor to have known Andrew and an even more honor to have called him a friend.


Posted by Alexandra Garip on June 5, 2013 10:18 AM x

I am a Junior at Holy Angels. Although I was unable to run this past season, I had the privilege to be coached by Coach Capizzi last season. He was the most passionate runner I ever knew. His knowledge simply cannot be measured and no one believed in all of us more than he did. The way he pushed all of us to achieve our personal goes was undoubtedly the most inspirational. He was always there for us. No one could possibly replace him. Rest in peace coach Capizzi. Always an Angel.


Posted by Amit Shah on June 5, 2013 10:04 AM x

I never had the honor of riding or running with Andrew, but only heard about how strong of an athlete you were from our team. It is very sad and unfortunate. My deepest condolences. May you RIP.


Posted by Alison Sisti on June 5, 2013 8:29 AM x

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest condolences


Posted by Marie LaMarta on June 5, 2013 7:42 AM x

My heart goes out to you and your family my deepest condolences


Posted by Eva Gurian on June 5, 2013 1:30 AM x

I am a sophomore at Holy Angels and Coach Capizzi was the most inspirational and knowledgeable runner, coach, friend, and mentor I've ever known. He was so supportive of everyone on the team and always pushed us to do our best, no matter what. There are no words to describe fully how much coach meant to all of us on the Holy Angels track team. He always stood right at the finish line, encouraging us to keep pushing and finish our races strong. At the end of each lap, I would listen for his voice yelling out my splits. It almost doesn't seem possible that I won't ever hear that again. My heart goes out to the entire Capizzi family, all his friends, and his girlfriend. We will always run for our coach and our friend. RIP Coach Capizzi. May angels lead you in.


Posted by Ciara Rhodes on June 5, 2013 12:24 AM x

I'm Ciara Rhodes a freshman at Holy Angels and it is incredibly hard to write this because of how devastated I am. Coach Capizzi was an inspiration to everyone he ever met. He helped us with everything not only running. He was such a good person and did not deserve this. He pushed us to be our best and was always so supportive. We will always honor him and love him with all our hearts. My heart goes out to his family, friends, girlfriend, and the rest of my team and my other coaches. Rest easy coach, once and angel always an angel.


Posted by Melanie Odatalla on June 4, 2013 4:37 PM x

I am very sorry for the loss of a Roadrunner. My deepest condolences to the Capizzi family and to all of his friends, athletes, and teammates. May he rest in peace.


Posted by Sara Carpentieri on June 4, 2013 3:15 PM x

I am a Senior at the Academy of the Holy Angels and Coach Capizzi was an amazing coach. Even though I was one of the throwers on the track team he would always push me to do my best and his passion for what he loved drove me to be the best that I can be. I will never forget meeting him the first time two years ago but we welcomed into our Holy Angels family. He was an inspiration for our whole team and without him it will be difficult. I remember when I came to the meet this year the day of my prom and he was sitting under the tent with me making fun of my hair because it was already done. He was always smiling and joking around and his positive attitude and determination for every girl on the track team will truly be missed.


Posted by The Staff at Toga! Bikes on June 4, 2013 1:17 PM x

All our best wishes and heartfelt thoughts to Andrew's family. He was always pleasure to see and talk to.


Posted by Grace Jansson on June 4, 2013 12:56 PM x

I am a freshman at Holy angels and although I have only known Coach Capizzi for a short amount of time I have grown close to him. He was beyond encouraging and supportive. His passion for running gave me and my teammates the strength to finish every race. His love for running will live in us forever.


Posted by Christine Kelly on June 4, 2013 12:32 PM x

I remember meeting Andrew by complete chance through a swim program where I taught lessons. He filled in for various teachers throughout the chain and he just happened to be sent to my location for two weeks. Two weeks with one of the best people I've ever worked with gave me one of the greatest friends I've ever been privileged to know. Andrew was, and still is, one of a kind and will remain in my heart forever.


Posted by Nicole Walker on June 4, 2013 12:20 PM x

Dave - you and your family are in my thought and prayers.


Posted by Jerry & Mary Ellen Gavin on June 4, 2013 9:23 AM x

Carla and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Jerry&Mary Ellen


Posted by Jerry & Mary Ellen Gavin on June 4, 2013 9:23 AM x

Carla and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Jerry&Mary Ellen


Posted by David McGarvey on June 4, 2013 9:10 AM x

I haven't seen Andrew in about 2 years, yet it always seemed like it was just yesterday. He had that personality that sticks with you. He worked so hard and always had such an upbeat attitude, even when things weren't going well. He truly was an inspiration and role model.


Posted by Aunt Carla Capizzi on June 4, 2013 7:51 AM x

To me Andrew will always be my little Lego-meister. And the little boy who, when I took him to the movies, would single-handedly eat an entire box of Raisinettes bigger than his head! I will always miss my little pal.


Posted by Todd Mazula on June 4, 2013 7:41 AM x

I saw Andrew's picture in the paper this morning and realized I had seen him running around my block many times in the past, going at a decent clip, I might add. I recently got back into running. It's been a saving grace for me. With Andrew's passing, I feel as if I've lost a brother in spirit. Anyone who loves running knows what I mean. Just seeing Andrew on the streets helped me feel a little less lonely in this world. I'm so sorry for your loss, but rest assured that your son was an inspiration, even for someone who never met him.


Posted by Ken Tashian on June 4, 2013 5:49 AM x

The Paramus High School Alumni are saddened by the passing of Andrew. We have established a Memory Page for him. http://www.paramusspartans.net/


Posted by Tara Hannon on June 3, 2013 11:56 PM x

Mr. and Mrs. Capizzi, Andrew was an important part of my life for most of high school and though our relationship eventually ended, I never let him out of my heart or mind. Please know that if I could attend the services this week I would be there in a heart beat. Your whole family will be in my prayers eternally. All of Paramus is here for you.


Posted by Boyle Lee on June 3, 2013 11:12 PM x

Andrew was enthusiastic and passionate about everything he did. I enjoyed swimming with him at the YMCA and discussing training sessions with him on bus rides home from NY. We've lost a great young man. I'm very sorry.


Posted by Julia Spaar on June 3, 2013 10:58 PM x

Whether or not he coached them directly, Coach Capizzi was an incredible inspiration to every single runner on the track team. Sprinters and Distance runners alike could be awed by the fact that he was the rare sort of individual who legitimately enjoyed running. I remember being incredulous when he casually stated the amount of miles he ran per day and the fact that he considered an hour of cardio each day to be a painfully light workout. His hard work and dedication carried through to his coaching, and he was always there for us Angels regardless of our skill level or talent. When I first joined track as a junior I was nervous to compete because I was so out of shape and slower than everyone who had been running consistently. He encouraged me not to give up, and taught me how to work hard and literally catch up to everyone else. I will always be grateful for the impact he has had on my life and others. Track will never be the same without his quirky sense of humor or the sound of him screaming my splits as I struggled by.


Posted by Rita Dunne on June 3, 2013 10:58 PM x

My deepest condolences go out to Andrew's family. As an AHA alumnae parent, my heart breaks for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you. May God carry you through this difficult time and always.


Posted by Joe Lee on June 3, 2013 10:36 PM x

Everytime I saw andrew at Ramapo College's Bradley Center for practice or at a meet, he would always greet me with the most respectful smile, my condolences. Assistant track and field coach


Posted by Kira Pusch on June 3, 2013 10:33 PM x

Andrew Capizzi was more than a coach - he was a friend, and a good one. With no words can I describe the complete and utter sense of loss that accompanies his passing. I know that I, and so many others, will miss him terribly, but can say with certainty that he will never be forgotten. He left a lasting impact on everyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting him and was, without doubt, the best coach I have ever had. Coach Capizzi was a completely irreplaceable individual. A true friend is never lost however, and in that sense, Capizzi lives on forever in the hearts and minds of the AHA community. My deepest condolences to his family and friends, may he rest in peace.


Posted by Ken & BobbI Schwartz on June 3, 2013 9:32 PM x

The wife & I heard a lot of wonderful and blessed things about Andrew, Our condolences to the Capizzi Family.


Posted by Francesca Appice on June 3, 2013 9:01 PM x

I didn't know Coach Capizzi personally, but every time he walked into Holy Angels after school, he always had a smile on his face and was determined to help those girls in every way. My condolences go out to the Capizzi family, because the Angel family will always keep him in our hearts.


Posted by Bob Gilmartin on June 3, 2013 7:48 PM x

Lorraine and David, I'm so sorry to hear about Andrew. You have my deepest condolences. Love, Bob


Posted by Peggy Goddard on June 3, 2013 7:31 PM x

Did not know Andrew but I was a cyclist for many years and my daughter, having drivin by the scene yesterday, told me about it. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my kind thoughts from California.


Posted by Caroline Hyer on June 3, 2013 7:03 PM x

I am a freshman at the Academy of the Holy Angels and Coach Capizzi was hands down the best coach I have ever had. I learned so much about running from him and he always pushed everyone to do their best no matter what. Even though I didn't know him as long as others, he still made a great impact on my life and he will be forever in my heart. 24 was too young and I will keep Coach Capizzi in my prayers. My condolences go out to the family of Coach Capizzi and his entire community. We will miss you so much.


Posted by Christina Daniello on June 3, 2013 6:50 PM x

I am a sophomore at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Coach Capizzi has been one of the most influential coaches that I've ever known. He knew everything there was to know about running, and I have learned so much from him. He inspired me to push myself harder with every race I ran. I am going to try harder next year because I know he would want me to. My condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.


Posted by Lydon Kersting on June 3, 2013 6:33 PM x

I am a junior at the Academy of the Holy Angels, and Coach Capizzi is the reason that I have come to love and be successful in running. I started running last spring, and because of him I was able to make 1st Team All-County and 1st Team All-North Jersey in XC and 2nd Team All-County and in the indoor 3200 M. He was nothing but encouraging, something you rarely find in a varsity track coach. I viewed him as a mentor, an inspiration, but most of all, a friend. I always appreciated how he waited long after everyone else had left for me to finish my run, because I was always the last one on the road. I often struggled to keep up with the girls who had more "natural foot speed" as he called it, but, confiding that he was, like me, more of an endurance runner, he inspired me to never give up. I can't imagine what this next year is going to be like without him, but I can assure you that we will all run in his honor. He's with another set of angels now, but his spirit will always live on in us. God bless.


Posted by Paschal Lennon on June 3, 2013 6:12 PM x

To the Capizzi family, I had only know Andrew for a short time through cycling and running. Last Monday I spoke with him for a half hour just before he ran the Men's Elite mile and it was as if I had know him for years. So full of energy and just seemed to take things in his stride. You can be very proud of your son/brother/cousin - an example for many athletes. May he rest in peace.


Posted by Clare Hayes on June 3, 2013 5:51 PM x

Coach Capizzi was such an inspiring coach. He loved coming to practice everyday and loved running and doing triathlons. He always pushed us and wanted us to be the best we could be. He will be missed at practice and meets


Posted by Mary Watters on June 3, 2013 5:47 PM x

I am a sophomore at The Academy of the Holy Angels. Coach Capizzi was one of the best coaches I have ever had in my running carrier. He has always been there for me from day one. I am going to be a Junior next year and not being able to have him around will be very hard for all of us on the AHA track team. We all loved him greatly and he will be in our hearts forever. Whenever we run from now on, we run for Capizzi. <3


Posted by Catherine Watters on June 3, 2013 5:46 PM x

Coach Capizzi was the best coach. We had so many great times together. I feel as if our whole team including Capizzi was a family since we saw him everyday. Its just crazy and I offer all my condolences to his family and closest friends. Every race we run will be for him, he is always in our hearts because his caring and genuine nature has made an impact on the holy angels community. He will be missed dearly.


Posted by Graciela Paredes on June 3, 2013 5:38 PM x

Coach Andrew Capizzi was a great coach. Always there if we needed him. He will be missed by the track team of the Academy of the Holy Angels


Posted by Maggie Sheehan on June 3, 2013 5:33 PM x

Coach Capizzi coached me in winter and spring track for distance. He was the most amazing coach, always encouraging us and teaching us more than we could ever expect to learn from a track coach. He knew absolutely everything about the sport, how to help us heal from injuries, how to perform our best, etc. I will greatly miss joking around with Coach Capizzi and challenging him during workouts and distance runs. My condolences go out to all of his family and friends. You will always be in our hearts and we run for you.


Posted by Kari Post on June 3, 2013 4:45 PM x

I ran a few years above Andrew at PHS, and I will always remember what an amazing individual he was. He was a wonderful teammate who worked hard, encouraged his teammates, and put his all into everything he did. Mostly though, I'll just remember his kindness. He was the type of good person that you couldn't find anything negative to say about. I feel really lucky to have been Andrew's teammate and friend. I'm shocked and saddened by his loss, and cannot imagine the pain those closest to him must be going through. Even though Andrew touched my life only briefly, he did so in a big way and I will never forget him. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and closest friends. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.


Posted by Archie Schiano on June 3, 2013 4:41 PM x

I did not know Andrew personally but have been friends with his aunt Carla for many years. It is indeed a terrible tragedy and all I can offer are prayers and thoughts for Andrew and his loving family.


Posted by Mark Gitlen on June 3, 2013 4:39 PM x

My deepest condolences. So sorry for your loss. I was just getting to know Andrew through riding and running. He seemed a fine young man and was fun to be around.


Posted by Patti Gorsuch on June 3, 2013 4:36 PM x

As the Athletic Director at Holy Angels, I hired Andrew. I just pulled out his resume. He wrote: My objective is to propel Holy Angels to the next level in track and field through coaching leadership. He characterized himself as "responsible, dependable and an extremely knowledgeable athlete. Andrew was all of those things...and so much more. Even though we only had him for 2 short years, he has left an indelible mark on our program and our girls. My heart breaks......


Posted by James Dadd on June 3, 2013 4:00 PM x

I swam with Andrew at the YMCA, and we rode together a number of times. Such a terrible accident and so sorry for your loss.


Posted by Kathleen Shannon on June 3, 2013 3:47 PM x

I didn't know Andrew, but his Aunt Carla is a friend of my brother's, and I teach at Ramapo. I'm terribly sorry for your tragic loss.


Posted by Jennifer Kapr on June 3, 2013 3:11 PM x

Andrew was taken from us far too soon. I had the pleasure of going to John Jay and Ramapo with him. We were Psych research partners and also swam Masters together. He was the nicest, funniest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.


Posted by Dr. Patrick P. Chang, Assoc VP Student Affairs on June 3, 2013 2:46 PM x

We are so saddened by your loss. Andrew was a model student, athlete and leader on our campus.


Posted by Jennifer Kapr on June 3, 2013 2:45 PM x

Andrew was taken from us far too soon. I had the pleasure of going to John Jay and Ramapo with him. We were Psych research partners and also swam Masters together. He was the nicest, funniest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.


Posted by Donna Crawley on June 3, 2013 2:24 PM x

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Andrew was one of my students, and he was such a wonderful person. My sympathies and prayers are with you.


Posted by Steve and Krystyna Capizzi on June 3, 2013 2:09 PM x

Dave, Lorraine and Josh, We cannot express in words the deep sorrow we feel for the loss of your beloved son and brother and our beloved cousin. Although his story was young and short lived it will go on forever in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to you all. With deepest love, Steve & Krystyna


Posted by JODIE BACK on June 3, 2013 12:37 PM x

So sorry for your loss.


 



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