William Capella Jr., financial controller at Fort Monmouth

William Capella Jr.
William Capella Jr.
Posted: October 12, 2013

William Capella Jr., 89, of Mount Laurel, who retired in 1988 as a financial controller for the Army Communications Electronics Command at the former Fort Monmouth, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, of cancer at home.

Born in Bristol Borough, Mr. Capella graduated from Bristol High School and served in the Navy during World War II as a signalman on Merchant Marine ships carrying supplies across the Atlantic to Europe.

Mr. Capella "would stand next to the captain and relay the messages from other ships to the captain," his son, William A., said. "It was important that he got it right."

He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1950 at what is now Rider University and a master's in business administration in 1952 at Rutgers University.

After college, he worked for a short while as an agent for the IRS in Trenton.

"He told me that he had to go out and follow up with people on their tax returns, small-business people," his son said.

While at Fort Monmouth, he earned a civilian meritorious service award from the Army.

And, his son said, he earned a master's degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair in Washington.

"They had to pick only one person to go there" each year from Fort Monmouth, his son said, "and that's what he got."

Besides his son, Mr. Capella is survived by his wife, Rosalie; stepsons Gary and Gregory Fornia; two brothers; a grandson; and three step-grandchildren. His wife of 50 years, Ann, died in 1999.

A viewing was set from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Mount Laurel Home for Funerals, 212 Ark Rd., Mount Laurel, N.J. 08054, before a Funeral Mass at noon Friday, Oct. 11, at St. John Neumann Church, 560 Walton Ave., Mount Laurel.

Entombment is to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Trenton.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at the funeral home.


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