BURTON – Charles Joseph Caputo, age 85, of Burton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born on Dec. 16, 1935, in Cleveland, the son of Josephine (Caputo) Barry.
Charles proudly served in the United States Army Medical Corps during the Korean War and committed his life to education. He was a teacher at Berkshire High School for 34 years, and he was a lifelong educator and learner who was dedicated to improving the lives of those he touched.
He also was instrumental in developing the curriculum on the Holocaust for the state of Ohio.
Charles was a member of St. Helen Roman Catholic Church.
He served as a library trustee from 1974-1985 for the Burton Public Library and he served as the chair of the annual fund drive for 17 years. In that time, the group helped raise almost $300,000 for the library.
Charles impacted many lives within the greater community as a husband, father, teacher, coach, library trustee, volunteer, story teller, teller of jokes, historical re-enactor and even as Santa Claus.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Aileen (nee White) Caputo.
Charles is survived by his children, Michael (Kareen) Caputo, Matthew (Marie) Caputo, Kathleen Caputo, Christopher Caputo. He was the loving grandfather of Kevin, Julian, Roman, Rachel, Anthony, Georgianna, Thomas, Jonathan, Daniel and Charlie. He was brother of Barbara (John) Vadaj, Jackie (Andy) Tarian, Kathy (Ron) Butler, Rosemary (Norbert) Hannibal, Dan Barry; and dear companion of Dorothy Dumnich.
Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury Township, where a service will be held at 11 a.m.
Contribution in memory of Charles can be sent to Burton Public Library, P.O. Box 427, Burton, OH 44021 (burtonlibrary.org).