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Ernest Capitano, 76, of Tampa, Florida, passed away November 7, 2022, with his loving family by his side. Ernest married Patricia from Buffalo, New York in Tampa and were together for 48 years.

A Graduate of Hillsborough High School, he served in the United States Army. Honorably discharged with two Bronze Stars, 11th Armored Blackhorse Calvaries, Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia.

He worked for several years with AAA Auto Club South, was a Sales Excellence Award Recipient and Real Estate Appraiser.

Ernest enjoyed bowling, golf and NFL game plans with his son, Paul and nephew, Michael.

Ernest inspired his grandchildren Hayley and Cole with courage and faith in GOD .

Ernest will be missed by many friends and neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Food Pantry.


  • Mickey
    Posted November 18, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    I Was Very Saddened to Hear Of Earnest Passing He And His Family Was
    Was A Big Part Of My Life Growing Up And Earnest Was My Best Man At My
    At Wedding I Loved Him Dearly And His Memory Of Us Together Will Never Be Forgotten
    Love Ya Buddy

  • Mary
    Posted November 24, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Ernest will be dearly missed, He was an Extraordinary man. He gave of himself 100% in all his endeavors. Our deepest, heart felt condolences to Patty and Paul.

  • Deborah Welch
    Posted November 24, 2022 at 9:57 am

    My 1st cousin by marriage to Patty, he will be sadly missed. We communicated several times over the past decade. He was a good man and husband plus father. He suffered and he can rest with peace in Jesus’ arms. May his family and wife, Patty, be given wonderful memories and a strong heart.
    Love, Debbie

  • Deborah Welch
    Posted November 24, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Ernest will be sadly missed by this 1st cousin by marriage to Patty. We communicated many times in the last decade. He was a good man, husband, father and a wonderful person. Ernest suffered and now he will be with peace in Jesus’ arms. May his family, wife (Patricia) and all who loved him have wonderful memories and strong hearts at this time. Love, Debbie

  • Beth Cassford
    Posted November 24, 2022 at 11:14 am

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Ernest, Patti. He seemed like an incredible man, and I know this will be a hard for you in the coming days and months. May you find solace in a lifetime of shared memories with him. May God shine extra brightly upon you.
    Your cousin, Beth

  • Sharon Gainer
    Posted November 26, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Hi Patricia, From your dear friend of many years. I’m very sad to hear of the loss of your beloved husband Ernest. I’ve remember hearing his voice when we worked together and he would call you at the hospital. We became friends because he knew back then how much I loved you. Just know I’ll always be here for you because you’re such a loving friend. God will definitely watch over you. Love you and praying for you.🙏

  • Anonymous
    Posted November 28, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Paul, we know you’re father was a very special man and how much you loved him. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort during your sorrow. Much love, The Sonn Family Jeff, Robbin, Jake, Zach and Dylan

  • Anonymous
    Posted December 2, 2022 at 9:30 am

    To the Capitano family, please accept the condolences of the veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment who served in Vietnam and Cambodia. Ernest was one of us, one of our own, serving honorably and well with A Troop of the 1st Squadron and enhancing the reputation of The Legendary Blackhorse Regiment. As a life member of the 11th ACVVC, his name will be published in our newsletter, listed on our web site and announced solemnly at our annual reunion, along with those other brave men who served in Vietnam and passed recently. As grateful Americans we pause and salute a really good man who was willing to put his life on the line for his country and his fellow man. As you heard in his burial liturgy at Mass, “His life has not ended, merely changed…” and we will be together again in the life hereafter, warmly enfolded in the arms of our Merciful Father. Chaplain Bill Karabinos, 11th ACVVC (Vietnam 71-72).

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