Anthony (Tony) Caporelli, a journeyman maintenance electrician, died Monday, June 20, in a fatal car accident.
Although Caporelli started working with the Operations Department in Fermilab’s Facilities Engineering Site Services Section in March of 2009, his colleagues said that his easy manner, likable personality and can-do attitude made it seem like he’d been part of the group for much longer.
Before joining Fermilab, Caporelli was a journeyman electrician with Chicago I.B.E.W. Local 134 for 25 years, including 8 years as a Commonwealth Edison lineman and 6 years as a high voltage electrician at Argonne National Laboratory.
Caporelli was well versed in and employed the best trade safety, maintenance and repair practices in primary voltages from 13.8k volts to 4k volts and with secondary voltages from 480 to 24 volts. As such, his broad range of knowledge and experience with transformers, single and three phase motor controllers, variable frequency drives, lighting contactors, conduit and wiring practices was a great asset to the FESS/Ops maintenance group, and his loss will be sorely felt.
“Along with his technical expertise, I’ll miss Tony’s colorful stories and south-side delivery style,” said FESS/Ops Electrical Supervisor Lonnie Huitt. “He always told me how happy he was to be here, had a joke and good word for everyone.”
Visitation will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. today and a funeral will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st St., Orland Park. The funeral will process to Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, where a 10 a.m. mass will take place. Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
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— Greg Gilbert