Ernest Thomas Capizzi, Lititz, supportive father, voracious communicator, generous person

By on October 11, 2017

Ernest Thomas Capizzi was born on Jan. 23, 1953, in Jersey City, N.J. From there, he was raised in Hoboken, the eldest son of Elizabeth and Thomas Capizzi.

He grew up surrounded by a large, energetic family, from his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, to his three younger siblings. They had a fig tree in the backyard.

In 1977 he moved to Lancaster, where he met his wife and partner of 40 years, Tina Marie Capizzi. Together, with Ernie’s first wife, Carolann Capizzi, they raised four children: Thomas, Jude, Jordan, and Devon. He is survived by five grandchildren: Madison, Taylor, Emerson, Thomas, and Brooklyn.

Ernie spent his days dancing in the kitchen, poring over magazines, and sneaking treats to dogs, hiding cookies in his pockets. I have never met a person so interested in everything and so intensely invested in everyone around him. He was a supportive father, a voracious communicator, and a beautifully generous person. He will be missed for all of these things, but, perhaps most of all, he will be missed for the lighthearted feeling he brought into any room he entered, the way you could hear him whistling before you saw him walk through the door, and the way his face broke apart when he smiled. In short, he will be missed for all the little things that only he could do.

We love you so much, and we will miss you forever.

A service celebrating the life of Ernie will be held on Wednesday Oct. 11, at 2 p.m., at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. A viewing for family and friends will be held at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m.

To send online condolences, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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