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Dennis Cappotto

May 05, 1957 ~ July 08, 2021

Dennis “Denny or Denn” Cappotto, 64 of Port St Lucie Florida passed away after a valiant fight to recover from open heart surgery on July 8, 2021. He was known as a “tough guy”, Dennis was an Esophageal Cancer survivor of 15 years.
Dennis was born in Peabody, Massachusetts to Frank and Nancy (Tetreault) Cappotto on May 5, 1957. He, along with many siblings was raised in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Dennis was truly an intelligent and “Amazing Man”. He was a hard worker, a good provider and a quick study. Everything Denn was tasked to do, he did to perfection. He learned many of his skills in his first career, earning himself the highest degree of a Fireman’s Engineer’s License while working his way up to the position of Plant Manager. He honed his skills in the fields of electrical, plumbing, mechanical and even carpentry before moving on to his next challenge in his second career as an I.T. Professional where he learned from his mentors, was self-taught in some areas, and was generous with sharing his knowledge with co-workers. He was quick to offer a hand to a colleague, friend or neighbor working on projects or to offer advice and his experience.
Denn’s hobbies were, deep sea fishing, ice fishing and yes, fishing! He loved to fish and was GREAT at it, he cleaned, deboned and prepared the fish like a master chef. On the days he did go fishing he would be on the ocean by sun up and fished to sun down and then some. He knew his New England ocean like the back of his hand. He even made a few of his own fishing poles. Denn was also a great cook, which he learned from his mother. He specialized in Italian food and of course fish. Dennis developed an interest in flying and so in Dennis fashion he soon pursued his pilot license. He enjoyed flying Cessnas over the New England countryside. He enjoyed working on projects and was quick to help others. He mostly enjoyed shooting the breeze with his close friends and making his famous Mai Tai drinks. He had a great laugh. His other loves were his four precious bunnies. We called him the bunny whisperer. He ran hot and cold, if something was hot it had to be piping hot and his drinks had to be freezing cold!
Survivors include daughters Michelle and Staci of Massachusetts, Jennifer, his wife of 25 years Mary of Port St Lucie, FL, brother Rodney (Alice) Cappotto of Beverly, Massachusetts, brother Darrin (Jenna) Cappotto Gilbert, AZ, brother Randy of AZ, sister Tina (Thomas) Bolante of Tempe, AZ, sister Lisa Young of TX, he had grand-children and many nieces and nephews. Dennis had many friends that were more like brothers, Chris (Cristina) Ethier of Londonderry, NH, Paul (Dori) Duggan of Saugus, Massachusetts, and so many other very good and close friends to name them all, but you know who you are. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ricky, Michael, Gregory, and sisters Robin and Holly.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dennis’s name to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 980 Tunis Ave in PSL or Oceana at


Ken McElligott

July 14, 2021, 6:06 pm

Hi Mary,

Dennis will be very much missed a work. He was a genuinely kind, pleasant and very capable man. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

I tried to follow the link to leave a donation in his name at The link in the obituary seems to be broken. I was able to submit the donation by going to

Please accept my best wishes for you and your whole family.

Ken McElligott

Paul Duggan

July 15, 2021, 10:24 am

What a man, never new what exciment or awesome adventure you were in for on the water. I new Dennis for thirty three years. Most of that was on the ocean. All good memories I have to keep. I will miss my friend. What a fantastic voyage he’s had

John Ganley

July 15, 2021, 2:14 pm

I was sorry to hear about Dennis’s passing. I worked with Dennis at both SSGA and IBM. I experienced his generosity first hand. I submitted his name for a job in IBM and he was grateful and invited me out for drinks. Truth is our team lead was familiar with Dennis and jumped at the chance to bring Dennis into our group. Dennis still insisted on buying drinks even after I told him he didn’t need my help to get in as he was a slam dunk. Once in he was quick to help others out including myself on a number of occasions. He is missed within our group.

Dan O'Sullivan

July 16, 2021, 4:45 pm

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Dennis for many years at State Street, and he was a kind, hard working bloke who was easy to get along with, and eager to help if you had an issue. He was well known and respected within the State Street IT community, and he’ll be sadly missed by all who knew him.

My condolences go out to all his extended family and friends. RIP Dennis.

David Smaltz

July 17, 2021, 12:11 pm

I worked with Dennis at SSgA where I came to rely on his frank assessment of problems and competence in resolving issues. He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his fish stories which I came to find out were mostly true as I went out fishing with him a number of times. Yes, Dennis loved to fish and he fished from first light to dusk. After a full day of fishing and the punishing ride home over seas which Dennis would always describe as more than what was forecasted, I would be exhausted and in awe watching him clean and debone our catch taking about what he had to do to the boat when he got home. Yes Dennis, the Captain as I called him, was an “Amazing man”. I will remember you Dennis for saving us at SSgA many times and our times fishing many miles out.

john manning

July 20, 2021, 1:27 pm

I am glad I got to know another ‘Lynn boy ‘ when we first met at State Street too many years ago. He and Mary helped me through my divorce, mostly by fishing :). I did a photo shoot for Mary and Denny when they were getting Jennifer. Denny never got over the fact that Jeff and I drained two Scorpion bowls right under him one time. His MaiTai’s were legendary too.

I had some of my best fishing trips with him over the years, just remarkable. I thought I was stuck on the bottom once and foolishly said that to Dennis. His response is not printable in this space, I had two giant pollock on that took about 20 minutes to bring in. I think he created the term Fish Shamed for that one. Other times as Paul said, he would run the Grady white in sesas that were unbelievable and always lament….’ thats not what was forecast !!’ But we always caught fish. I called him the cod whisperer in later years. You had to fish with him to see it….. motor 20 miles out at s6 am, hed slow the engine, say – yup drop em, BAM never failed. FISH on.

Dennis was a good solid friend. He was also the toughest guy I have ever met. I will never forget the day he told me about his cancer. He was told by Dana Faber in Boston- we can give you a year at best, make arrangements. Dennis’s response.. BS. he sought out the Cancer Treatment Center of America- They saved his life.

Due to time and distance, I could not make the services for Denis in florida, if I did this would have been my Eulogy for him. He loved Mary deeply and they were a great couple. He was so happy with Jennifer. I was fortunate to have two of my sons be able to fish with him. He was the kind of guy your were proud to call a friend and you were lucky to know. I will miss him and his texts from his deck in florida when it was 20 degrees and snowing here…..he’d text…you gotta come down, I’m in shorts and its 75 and I’m drinking ice tea out here while I work. Rest in Peace Dennis, my friend.

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