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Think of Thanking You  / Pebbles Davis (friend of melissa )  Read >>
Think of Thanking You  / Pebbles Davis (friend of melissa )

Melissa, I want to thank you for all the time and effort you put in the pursuit of making life changing regulations.  How blessed your fiance was to have had you in his life.  Your strength and determination is admirable and it is clearly apparent that you shared a very deep and special love with Renato.  You put your heart and soul into the various things you do.  I never knew him yet I'm sure he was a wonderful man.  He must be bursting with pride and love for all you do in keeping his memory alive. You are deeply committed to not let him die in vain and make his passing and many others mean something.  The countless lives and hearts you touch in reaching out to others so selflessly is incredible.  I wished I had a small measure of your strength and courage.  Although my husband and your fiance never met in this life I really would like to think they know each other now.  No words can truly describe the remarkable person you are.  Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. 

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Thinking of You  / Vicki Hill (none)  Read >>
Thinking of You  / Vicki Hill (none)
Melissa, I just watched the slide, It really hurt me to see the happiness in your eyes with Renato. Never forget all the good times with him. He is safe now, he is at home.  Love, Vicki Close
so sorry  / Miguel Fernandez (friend)  Read >>
so sorry  / Miguel Fernandez (friend)
acabo de enterarme simplemente no puedo creerlo, capozo se nos fue, siento mucho esta perdida y que dios lo vendiga Close
so sorry....  / Jenn (friend)  Read >>
so sorry....  / Jenn (friend)
I offer my deepest condolences to all of Ronny's family.  I am so very sorry for your loss.  I saw Ronny's obituary in the New Haven Register in June and wasn't sure until today that it was indeed the Ronny I graduated with.  I am so very sad for all of you.  I thought it had to be Ron when I read that he played Jai-ALai, but still wanted to doubt it was him.  But, today, when I opened up the paper and saw his pictures looking up at me, was terrible.  I am truly sorry that you've lost him.  No words could erase your pain nor describe how I feel for you.  I haven't seen Ronny in years, but, can understand how you all must feel to have lost your son, father, brother, friend, and love of your life.  Again, I am sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to each and every one of you....his family and friends.  Ron was someone worth knowing.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Close
Thinking of you...  / Nicole DiLungo   Read >>
Thinking of you...  / Nicole DiLungo

Just wanted to send out my thoughts and prayers to Ronny and to all that are suffering from his loss.

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Prayers / Angela Gill (just a visitor )  Read >>
Prayers / Angela Gill (just a visitor )

What a lovely memorial page. Renato was surely loved and will be missed greatly. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost a son . My prayers are with you and your family.

Angela Gill

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Beautiful Poem  / Lou, Louise, Patty, Anthony And Phil (Cousins)  Read >>
Beautiful Poem  / Lou, Louise, Patty, Anthony And Phil (Cousins)
Clouds in life are passing
But soon we see His Light
Written in the wind and sea
God's everlasting Might

He sees us in our passing
He looks at us with pride
Knows that we are searching
For Gentle Hands to Guide

But seas in life are rough now
Through clouds it's hard to see
But Light will enter brightly
Then peacefully appease

For we are but the sailors
Who seek to find the way
Mighty is our Captain
Who guides us as we pray

The waters calm and steady
Upon the shore we'll land
And we will know the bounty
His Ray of Light so Grand.
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Eulogy / Francine Piscitelli (Sister)  Read >>
Eulogy / Francine Piscitelli (Sister)
A story about our little brother

One day back in 1973, my parents decided that they were going to have another child, as if 3 children were not enough. My father wanted an American-born and my mom wanted another baby girl for me. I remember it as if it were yesterday; my parents called from the hospital to say that the baby was born. Funny thing was, my brother Pat and Anthony played a trick on me and told me that the baby was a little girl. I was so happy, I was jumping up and down with excitement. Later they told me it was a baby boy and I was so disappointed. But there he was little Ronny Capozzo. Little did I know at that time that I would love him no more than if he was a sister. He was such a beautiful baby. When he was born I was 13 years old, so not only did I consider him my brother, but like my own child. As a matter of fact I would often slip and call him my son instead of my brother.

Ronny was always happy and full of fun. He thought life was just one big party. Life was not easy for Ronny even as a young child. There was always something that happened to him. But he always was happy and always getting into trouble. I remember a party vividly, at the Annex Club and Ronny and I believe it was Fred and Franky took all the toilet paper and plugged up all the toilets. And because of that the Capozzo Family was banned from the Annex Club for a long time.

As years went on, Ronny looked up to his older brothers and wanted to be just like them. Ronny was a natural athlete who excelled in every sport that he played. His favorite sport by far was Jai-Alai because Pat and Anthony played Jai-Alai and Ronny idolized them.

Ronny had to grow up very young because he had his first child, Joey, at 22 years old. But Ronny didn’t care, he was so happy for be a father that he soon had his second child, Claudia. He loved his children more than life itself and they love him.

Ronny loved everyone and everyone loved Ronny. That was part of the problem. No matter what he did, all he had to do was look at you with his puppy eyes and you could forgive him or give in to what he wanted. He was polite and respectful and always wanted our families to be together. He loved his nieces and nephews and was very proud of them with their accomplishments. He would often say that the reason they excelled at sports or were recognized for anything was because of him. As if he shaped them into who they are today. And maybe he was right, a little bit.

As we were going through pictures I always knew he was handsome but we didn’t really realize how beautiful he was.

Ronny was a strong person physically but he wasn’t so strong when he had to deal with certain struggles in his life. He tried so hard, he really did but he just couldn’t do it. Even at his last days he tried to get help. The last time I talked to him I asked him to pray to God and ask Him to help. He told me not to worry and that he said his prayers, the Serenity prayer, every night. He said "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference"

We will always remember our brother as the beautiful strong person that he was. We all love him very much and will always be in our hearts forever.
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A letter to Ron  / Melisa Zuppardi (Fiancee)  Read >>
A letter to Ron  / Melisa Zuppardi (Fiancee)
I was sitting in the gymnasium watching Gabby at basketball practice when you walked in holding a beautiful little blonde haired girl. I stared at you with a sense of familiarity; little did I know I just saw the love of my life. A week later I chastised you for smoking with the door open when I was chilly, I know now that intrigued you. The next night I saw you smoking “my brand” of cigarettes and asked for one, after that we talked the rest of evening. I went home, called my mom and told her “I met the man I am going to marry”.

You swept me off my feet and I fell in love with you instantly. After our first date we were inseparable. We took the kids to the movies and had sleepovers with them. I had never been so happy in all my life. My daughter loved you, your children loved me, and we all loved each other…what a family! We both were the happiest we’d ever been, it was true perfection. We spent the holidays with each other and quickly became part of each other families. Six weeks after we started dating, you proposed to me, December 30th 2004. I will never forget how eager and anxious you were before you proposed.

You had so much love to give. I will never forget you making me breakfast in bed, wonderful dinners, surprising me with flowers and gifts, and taking care of me when I was sick. You always made me feel so cherished. I am honored to have spent the time with you that I have. I am selfishly feeling cheated on time with you. We had ups and downs but our love was never compromised, it only grew.

You were so giving to even strangers. I remember one night in a snow storm we were driving home and saw you a couple in a jeep at the side of the road; you stopped and helped them change their tire. Another time we were driving home and there was a dog running on the highway, you pulled over jumped out of the car and ran after the dog, called the owner, and waited until she came to pick up her dog. I had never met anyone as kind and loving as you.

I remember staying up at night talking with you... talking about everything in our lives. Watching you sleep and cuddling all night (he loved to cuddle). These are memories I treasure. We became so close that you became an extension of me; our hearts were fused into one. The moment I found out you had died, I died with you. I would never let you call me your soul mate while you were alive because I always believed soul mates could never “be together” here on earth. Now we are truly soul mates and will spend eternity together when I go home to you.

You loved your family so much; you loved being a father and always put everyone above yourself. You never wanted to let anyone down and always wanted to please the ones you loved. I am so proud of you and you are not a disappointment to me, you never were. You died at a new beginning; for yourself, your kids, your family, and us. We all love you for that. The love I have for you will never die and you will always live on in my heart and the everlasting memories that I have of you. I miss you more then words can express and need you more then you have ever known. Until I see you again I will walk through this life with a void in my heart that can never be replaced.

I love you

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The Fall Of Freddie The Leaf  / Melissa Zuppardi (Fiancee)  Read >>
The Fall Of Freddie The Leaf  / Melissa Zuppardi (Fiancee)
The Fall Of Freddie The Leaf
By Leo Buscaglia



Spring had passed and so had summer…

Freddie the leaf had grown large. His mid-section was wide and strong and his five extensions were firm and pointed.

He had first appeared in spring as a small sprout on a rather large branch near the top of a tall tree.

Freddie was surrounded by hundreds of other leaves just like himself, or so it seemed. Soon he discovered that no two leaves were alike, even though they were on the same tree. Alfred was the leaf next to him. Ben was the leaf on his right side, and Clare was the lovely leaf overhead.

They had all grown up together. They had learned to dance in the spring breezes, bask lazily in the summer sun and wash off in the cooling rains.

But it was Daniel who was Freddie’s best friend. He was the largest leaf on the limb and seemed to have been there before anyone else. It appeared to Freddie that Daniel was also the wisest among them. It was Daniel who told them that they were part of a tree. It was Daniel who explained that they were growing in a public park. It was Daniel who told him that the tree had strong roots, which were hidden in the ground below. He explained about the birds who came to sit on their branch and sing morning songs. He explained about the sun, the moon, the stars and the seasons. Freddie loved being a leaf. He loved his branch, his light leafy friends, his place high in the sky, the wind that jostled him about, the sun rays that warmed him, the moon that covered him with soft, white shadows.

Summer had been especially nice. The long hot days felt good and the warm nights were peaceful and dreamy.

There were many people in the park that summer. They often came and sat under Freddie’s tree. Daniel told him that giving shade was part of his purpose.

"What’s a purpose?" Freddie had asked. "A reason for being" Daniel had answered. "To make things more pleasant for others is a reason for being. To make shade for old people who come to escape the heat of their homes is a reason for being. To provide a cool place for children to come and play. To fan with our leaves, the picnickers who come to eat on checkered tablecloths. These are all reasons for being."

Freddie especially liked the old people. They sat so quietly on the cool grass and hardly ever moved. They talked in whispers of times past. The children were fun too, even though they sometimes tore holes in the bark of the tree, or carved their names into it. Still, it was fun to watch them move so fast and to laugh so much.

But Freddie’s summer soon passed. It vanished on an October night. He had never felt it so cold. All the leaves shivered with the cold. They were coated with a thin layer of white, which quickly melted and left them dew drenched and sparkling in the morning sun.

Again it was Daniel who explained that they had experienced their first frost. The sign that it was fall and that winter would soon come.

Almost at once, the whole tree, in fact the whole park was transformed into a blaze of color. There was hardly a green leaf left. Alfred had turned a deep yellow. Ben had become a bright orange. Claire had become a blazing red, Daniel a deep purple, and Freddie was red and gold and blue. How beautiful they all looked. Freddie and his friends had made their tree a rainbow.

"Why did we turn different colors," Freddie asked, "When we are all on the same tree?" "Each of us is different. We have had different experiences. We have faced the sun differently. We have cast shade differently. Why should we not have different colors?" Daniel said matter-of-factly. Daniel told Freddie that this wonderful season was called fall.

One day, a very strange thing happened. The same breezes that in the past had made them dance began to push and pull at their stems, almost as if they were angry. This caused some of the leaves to be torn from their branches and swept up in the wind, tossed about, and dropped softly to the ground.

All the leaves became frightened. "What’s happening?" they asked each other in whispers. "It’s what happens in fall," Daniel told them. "It’s the times for leaves to change their home. Some people call it ‘to die.’" "Will we all die," Freddie asked? "Yes," Daniel answered. "Everything dies. No matter how big or small, how weak or strong. We first do our job. We experience the sun and the moon, the wind and the rain. We learn to dance and to laugh. Then we die."

"I won’t die!" Freddie said, with determination. "Will you Daniel?" "Yes," answered Daniel, "When it’s my time." "When is that?" Asked Freddie. "No one knows for sure." Daniel responded.

Freddie noticed that the other leaves continued to fall. He thought it must be their time. He saw that some of the leaves lashed back at the wind before they fell, others simply let go and dropped quietly. Soon the tree was almost bare.

"I’m afraid to die." Freddie told Daniel. "I don’t know what’s down there." "We all fear what we don’t know, Freddie, it’s natural." Daniel reassured him. "Yet you were not afraid when spring became summer. You were not afraid when summer became fall. They were natural changes. Why should you be afraid of the season of death?" "Does the tree die too?" Freddie asked. "Someday. But there is something stronger than the tree. It is life. That lasts forever, and we’re all a part of life." "Where will we go when we die?" "No one knows for sure, that’s the great mystery!" "Will we return in the spring?" "We may not, but life will." "Then, what has been the reason for all this?" Freddie continued to question. "Why were we here at all if we are only to fall and die?" Daniel answered in his matter-of-fact way, "It’s been about the sun and the moon. It’s been about happy times together. It’s been about the shade, and the old people, and the children. It’s been about colors in the fall. It’s been about seasons. Isn’t that enough?"

That afternoon, in the golden light of dusk, Daniel let go. He fell effortlessly. He seemed to smile peacefully as he fell. "Goodbye for now, Freddie." He said.

Then Freddie was alone. The only leaf left on his branch.

The first snow fell the following morning. It was soft, white, and gentle; but it was bitter cold. There was hardly any sun that day, and the day was very short. Freddie found himself losing his color, becoming brittle. It was constantly cold, and the snow weighed heavily upon him.

At dawn, the wind came that took Freddie from his branch. It didn’t hurt at all. He felt himself float quietly, gently, and softly downward.

As he fell, he saw the whole tree for the first time. How strong and firm it was! He was sure that it would live for a long time, and he knew that he had been a part of its life, and it made him proud.

Freddie landed on a clump of snow. It somehow felt soft, and even warm. In this new position he was more comfortable than he had ever been. He closed his eyes and fell asleep. He did not know that spring would follow winter, and that the snow would melt into water. He did not know that what appeared to be his useless dried self would join with the water and serve to make the tree stronger. Most of all he did not know that there, asleep in the tree and the ground were already plans for new leaves in the spring.

…The Beginning
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Until We Meet Again  / Melissa (Fiancee)  Read >>
Until We Meet Again  / Melissa (Fiancee)
My heart aches
my hands tremble

My eyes tear
sand under my body

Staring into your eyes
I look deep into your soul

Memories flood my consciousness

My world is grey, without color

My heart beats fast
legs are weak
stomach tingles 

On bent knee you ask
warmth encapsulates me
a new life beginning
more time to love you
families to bond

Memories flood my consciousness

Profound sadness
affectual corpse

Sweet touch of your skin
your light embrace
feelings new to me
sun warms my body
laughter of an angel

Memories flood my consciousness

Love so powerful
immortality

Pieces of my heart
crumbling to the earth

Eternal pain throbbing
passing each day
perpetual darkness

Memories flood my consciousness

Until we meet again.
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