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photo ov richard capristo RICHARD J CAPRISTO
August 20, 1944 - February 21, 2015

Richard J. Capristo, 70, a resident of Southington, CT since 1986, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at HCC at New Britain General.

Born in 1944 in Waterbury, CT, Rich was a well-known Waterbury-area athlete. He was a 1963 graduate of Croft High School in Waterbury where he was an all-City football player and captained Croft's football and baseball teams. He played organized semi-pro leagues baseball throughout the 1960's amd 1970's. In 1966, he received an A. A. Degree from Suomi College, Hancock, MI. He attended Southern Connecticut State College in 1967 where he also played football.

He subsequently enlisted into the United States Air Force Security Service in 1968 where he served European and Asian tours of duty involved in electronic communications intelligence. He was Honorably Dischared in 1971 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

After his service commitment, he attended Computer Processing Institute in Hartord, CT where he trained as a Computer Programmer, graduating in 1975. Rich thus began a successful and rewarding 36-year career in IT (Information Technology) working for a variety of organizations which included Automated Business Systems, State of CT Board of Higher Educaton, Centerbank, American Skandia, and New Alliance Bank. During the last 18 years of his career, bolstered by ongoing industry training, he distinguished himself as a financial services industry IT security and governance expert, serving as the Corporate Information Security Oficer for Centerbank, American Skandia and New Alliance Bank. He was granted a CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) credential from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) in 2003. He ultimately retired in 2011. He loved watching NY Giants football and NY Yankee Baseball, UConn Huskies basketball, and enjoyed cooking for his friends and family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Katherine A (Summa) Capristo and Gabriel F. Capristo, formerly of Waterbury, CT. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Deborah G. (Smith) Capristo of Southington, CT; son, Jesse R. Capristo of Southington, CT; brother, Robert G. Capristo and his wife Loretta of Tuscon, AZ; sister, Judith A. Capristo of Palm Desert, CA; niece, Lisa Capristo of Tuscon, AZ; nephew, Matthew Capristo and his wife Teresa of Waterbury, CT; aunt, Frances (Summa) Haines of Waterbury, CT; aunt, Eleanor Capristo of West Haven, CT; uncle, William Summa of Waterbury, CT, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant St., Southington. There are no calling hours. Plantsville funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

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