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HBADE Loses a Leader; Joseph M. Capano


Joseph M. Capano died suddenly Monday, August 10th, 2015.  Joe was 62 years of age.  Our sympathy and deepest condolences go out to Joe’s entire family for their loss.

As the founder and President of Capano Homes, Joe was a long standing member of our Association, the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE). He was involved as an active member prior to founding Capano Homes, and he later ascended the succession ladder of the Executive Committee and became President of HBA/DE in 2000.  Joe was active with many of our activities including our golf committee, our New Castle County nuts and bolts committee, and others such that he was recognized by his peers to attain the distinguished Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award in 2001.

Besides serving our Association and the building industry here in Delaware Joe also served at the national level for 20 years and was recognized in June 2015 as a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders.

Joe showed his charitable side by hosting for many years our Fall Golf Outings at his Odessa National Golf course at greatly discounted prices.  Giving back to the community, Joe and his brother Louis and their family initiated the Louis Capano Sr. Scholarship Fund at the University of Delaware.  Founded in honor of their father, the scholarship continues to support UD students each year.

Joe is survived by his wife Joanne McHugh Capano; his children Anthony Capano, Angie Gray, Michelle Chandler and Marie Downes. He is also survived by his siblings, Marian Ramunno, Louis Jr., and Gerard; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed.

Friends and family are invited for calling hours at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday August 17th at 10:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. DuPont Street. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Mary Campbell Center, 4651 Weldin Road, Wilmington DE 19803; or to the Louis J. Capano Sr. Scholarship Fund, Attn: Howard Fortunato, 1600 N. Little Creek Road, Dover, DE 19901.

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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