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KINGSTON - Richard J. Caputo, 87, a resident of Kingston for the past 22 years, and formerly of Plaistow, died Wed., July 28, 2010, in Exeter.

Born in Haverhill, MA, son of the late Anthony and Mary (Stein) Caputo, he attended Haverhill Public Schools.

A U.S. Army veteran of WW II, Mr. Caputo served as a Corporal with Co I, 79th Division, 313th Infantry. He saw action in the European Theatre and took part in the Battle of the Bulge, and also served as a prisoner of war for six months in Stalag 4-A and 4-B. A Disabled American Veteran, he was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, the WW II Victory Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with Two Bronze Stars.

A well-known local automobile dealer, Mr. Caputo established White Street Auto Sales in 1947. The business later continued as Caputo and Sons Auto Sales in several locations in Haverhill, MA, until his retirement in 1981.

A former member of Saint James Parish of Haverhill, he was also a member of the Hannah Dustin Chapter of the D.A.V., The Lorraine Post of the VFW, and the Haverhill Lodge of Elks. He enjoyed attending flea markets, collecting clocks, smoking his cigars and arm wrestling. He also was an avid and accomplished Candle Pin bowler and horseshoe player.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Theresa D. (Sansoucie) Caputo, daughter and son-in-law, Marie T. and Dean Emery of Haverhill, and sons and daughters-in-law, Richard D. Caputo of Englewood, FL, Michael A. and Deborah Caputo of Fremont, and Anthony P. and Leslie Caputo, of Raymond, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

His funeral was held on July 31. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow. Burial with Military Honors was in Saint James Cemetery, Haverhill, MA. Friends who wish to make memorial donations are asked to send contributions to the veteran's association of their choice.
Published on  August 3, 2010
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