Cappa, Filip

Cappa, Filip "Fil"

October 11th, 2017

C. Filip Cappa, D.D.S., M.I.C.D., O.M.C.

(1927 – 2017)

In his 90th year, peacefully with his beloved wife of 62 years, Dianne, and children Gina (David Davidson), Barb (Jim Perrone), and Paul (Sheri Steeper) by his side, in London, Ontario. Fil was so proud of his grandchildren Adria (Alex Foster) and Dana (Dylan Feld) Davidson, Gaelen (Simon Brown) and Jillian Perrone, and Vincent and Dominic Cappa. Dear brother to Jean Cappa and Margaret Durnford. Predeceased by his grandson Alphie Cappa. He was a devoted husband, brother, dad and grandpa. Fil, born in St. Marys, Ontario, completed his B.A. at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Toronto in 1955 and in 2012 was honoured to receive the U of T Faculty of Dentistry Award of Distinction. For 40 years, Fil practiced dentistry in London. From 1970-72 he was the Editor of the Journal of the Ontario Dental Association. In 1982 Fil was inducted into the International College of Dentists, Canadian Section where for over 30 years he held the offices of Editor, Registrar, and International Councilman. He was conferred Master Fellow status in 2000. Fil sat on the Board of Mission Services of London for 30 years, was a layman in the Anglican Church, and for over 60 years, an active member of the Masonic Lodge. In 1977 he was presented with the Ontario Special Award for Amateur Sport. Fil was recognized for his community service in 1994 and invested with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. This year he was honoured for his 30-year involvement with Brassroots. Together Fil and Dianne traveled to 47 countries. A passionate amateur musician, Fil played in many bands, trumpet and later tuba, beginning with the St. Marys Citizens Band in 1946, the UWO Mustang Marching Band, through to the Mocha Shrine Historic Concert Band from 1978-2017. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. A Masonic Service under the auspices of Ashlar Lodge No. 610 and Oakridge Lodge No. 708 will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. If desired, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Fil are asked to consider a charity of your choice. 

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    Wendy and Barry HitchinsSuch sad news. Uncle Fil lived a full and wonderful life and gave so much to the community. Barry and I send our sincere condolences. Distance makes it impossible for us to attend the service but know our thoughts are with all of my Aunts and cousins and Uncle Fil's many, many friends at this sad time. He is gone but your memories of him will live on. Wendy and Barry Australia
    Marg DurnfordI have lost my only brother. He had a very active productive life and will be missed but fondly remembered by all who know him.
    81 dersDianne and family, we will truly miss Fil at our annual luncheon. He was a loyal and dedicated DDGM, since 1981, and we had so many great times together. All good things, from the 81 ders
    Tim DurnfordUncle Fil - so sad to hear of your passing. What an amazing life you lived! You brought so much joy and kindness to so many. Thanks for all of the great memories! You will be missed. May God rest your soul. Love Tim
    Rachel Cree-LoweDr Cappa was our family dentist for years and there is no one else like him. Thorough, gentle and amazing skill. He was also a good and true friend of my own dad Hugh Cree. When my dad died, Dr Cappa would see me out in public and always came over to see how I was and if I needed anything. So genuine and a true gentleman. Rest well sir. You have made the lives of so many others a lot better in all areas of your life
    Bob CummingsJoan & I are so sorry to hear of Fil's passing. He was the best dentist we ever had.Work he did in the 60's and 70's is still great and the quality has been praised by subsequent dentists.We knew about Fil's community work and enjoyed discussing it with him. Regards-- Joan & Bob Cummings, Halifax
    Ken and Carol SetteringtonDianne, we are so sorry to hear of Fil's passing. He wasn't one to sit idly by,,, well noted. His association with the Western Ontario Dental Study Group allowed for many social interactions with his fellow dentists in London and area. We will always have fond memories of the many luncheons and dinners shared with you and Fil when it was "Couples' Time to Dine" for the WODSG. With our sincere condolences to you and all of Fil's family. Carol and Ken
    Wes DunnDear Dianne and Family I was deeply saddened when I read, this morning, of Fil's passing. I am so, so sorry. Fil was a true giant in our profession and he will be sorely missed. It has not been given to many to have made such magnificent contributions both within the profession and to society at large. It is my profound regret that I have an out-of-town commitment, from Friday until Tuesday and, therefore, am unable to attend the service planned for Saturday. Please accept my most profound and heartfelt sympathy. As a tribute to Fil, I am making a donation to Mission Services of London, an agency which enormously benefited from Fil's dedicated involvement for so many years.
    Neil RaaffDear Dianne, sending you & your family my condolences in the loss of your husband. Pleased that I met & chatted with him on your visits to me at the hair salon. Wishing you peace & strength in these days ahead.
    Paul McCutcheon and familyDear Dianne and Family; We were so sorry to hear of Fil's passing. Such a good friend of myself as well as my family. Unfortunately I am not in London at this time but know that my heart and prayers are with you and your family at such a difficult time. I'm sending my deepest condolences. Fil will be fondly remembered.
    Peter RozelukOn behalf of Mission Services of London, I want to extend our condolences and sympathy to Dianne and the family. Our prayer is that in this time of family grief, the fond memories of Fil will provide some comfort. Fil was a long time and exuberant supporter of Mission Services of London and his influence is still felt to this day in the organization. We are saddened by his passing, but ever grateful for his love and service to his London neighbours. By his actions, he demonstrated his love for God and for others.
    Lauren and Rob MacRaeDear Gina and family: We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Dad. Our deepest condolences and sympathies. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Ted ClementPlease accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Fil was the consummate professional. He was someone I looked up to and used as a measuring stick of my own professional life. He also made me proud to be part of the dental profession. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you remember a life well lived!
    Catherine FlemingDear Dianne and family, I was very sorry to hear about Fil's passing. My deepest condolences. Mum and Dad had many great times with you over the years beginning with the University of Toronto days that evolved into a friendship that lasted a lifetime. My thoughts are with you at this time. Catherine Fleming
    Gulshan Virdy May God bless the departed soul of a very generous Bro. Fil Cappa. May his family be granted the courage to bear this loss.
    Audrey ProcunierDear Dianne , My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your loss Fil was a kind caring gentleman and made the world a better place,he will be missed. Audrey Procunier
    Drew SmithDear Dianne and family, Please accept my deepest sympathies to you on Fil's passing. He was an exceptional gentleman and consummate dentist, admired within his profession by leaders across North America. He embodied the ideals of the International College of Dentists, which he played a great role in leading for many years. He will be deeply missed by his many friends in dentistry.
    Anne CummingsDr. Cappa was my dentist for many years until he retired. I so appreciated the exemplary care that he gave me and his gentle, competent approach to an experience that can be uncomfortable. He made a difference in my life and I am sure in the lives of many of his patients. I am very sorry for his loss from your lives. We were all fortunate to have him touch our lives.
    Tatsuo HoriDear Dianne, Sorry to read about Fil's death. He was a great classmate, and will be missed by the remaining guys in our class. Fil was an integral part of our class reunions. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Tats Hori.
    A.J. FinlayHello Dianne, I read Fil's obituary today in the newspaper and so many wonderful memories came flooding back from our days together at St. Aidan's in London. I would like to think that Terry and Fil are enjoying each other's company once again. My love to all the family, A.J. Finlay
    Brigadier-General (ret) Victor J. LanctisDear Diane and Family, Along with so many friends and longtime professional colleagues, Marilyn and I extend to you our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies on this very sad occasion. Fil will be long remembered for his eminent contributions to his beloved profession and to all of those whose lives he touched in so many different ways. The International College of Dentists, in particular, will continue to hold him in the highest of esteem for the tremendous impact he had on its noble mission and ideals. He so tangibly exemplified its motto "Recognizing Service and the Opportunity to Serve" in all of his thoughts and actions. He will indeed be missed.
    Stanley KogonDear Dianne and the Cappa family. Sheila and I extend our condolences to all. Fil was a colleague, mentor and above all a friend. He had a deep interest in our profession and how it interacted with all facets of the public. He was an outstanding exemplar of service and care. He will be missed. Sheila and shared a dinner table with you and Fil many times over the years. We always enjoyed your company and we will miss those special occasions. Stan and Sheila Kogon
    Daphne DowlerDear Mrs. Cappa, Gina, Barb and Paul, I was so sorry to learn of the death of your husband/father. I remember on Halloween how he used to give out toothbrushes instead of candy, a true dentist. I know you will all have fond memories of him. Wishing you and your family my heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. God Bless you all. Daphne Dowler
    Sonia cappa and Mary cappa Our thoughts and prayers our with now. I (sonia) had some wonderful talks with your dad, not too long ago. I was trying to find my uncle Finlay cappa and he told me facts I did not know. He knew a lot about my family. My dad was louie cappa and they spent time together as young boys. I am very grateful for your grandfather Dan cappa. He was very kind and generous to my dad's family always giving my grandmother food. My grandfather had left the family when my dad was about 5 years old. Your dad was a great man. Your cousin sonia
    Sonia capparently and Mary cappa Our thoughts and prayers our with now. I (sonia) had some wonderful talks with your dad, not too long ago. I was trying to find my uncle Finlay cappa and he told me facts I did not know. He knew a lot about my family. My dad was louie cappa and they spent time together as young boys. I am very grateful for your grandfather Dan cappa. He was very kind and generous to my dad's family always giving my grandmother food. My grandfather had left the family when my dad was about 5 years old. Your dad was a great man. Your cousin sonia
    Dr Christena ChruszezMy thoughts and prayers are with you, Diane and Family. Fil will certainly be missed by many people from different walks of life. He was a very thoughtful and generous person. You are fortunate to have great memories of visiting and enjoying all the countries that you and Fil had visited. Please accept my most sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.Christena Chruszez
    Karl HermannFil was a great man! I have fond memories of "Dr. Cappa" as a child. He was a great next-door neighbour; always greeting me with a smile when I saw him and asking how my day was going. I happily received a new toothbrush every year at halloween! I think that hearing Fil and his "music buddies" play in their back yard every once in a while had an influence on me choosing to be a professional trombone player. As a founding member of Brassroots, I am so thankful for all his tireless efforts for that group over 3 decades, and indeed his support of music in London in general. RIP Fil. Thanks for being you! Donation will be made to the Ken Hermann Sr. Palliative Care fund via London Community Foundation. (I believe Fil would have approved!)
    Steve and Kim BowmanOur deepest condolences to Diane and family, God Bless.
    Gary and Mary Margaret KoreenDear Dianne and family , We were saddened to read of Fil's death while up at our cottage. Thinking of the many special memories of good times past at St George's . Fil was a true gentleman and has left a wonderful legacy. Take good care of yourself,Dianne. Blessings and love, Gary and Mary Margaret Koreen
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