Henry J. Sapecky, 94, a business entrepreneur for over 30 years, died Monday, April 1, 2013, in Hospice. His wry sense of humor carried right to the end - leaving on April Fool's Day.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Sapecky graduated from Annunciation High School and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo. His certification from Curtiss Wright Service School as a U.S. Technical Aircraft Representative became his entre into World War II.
His professional life began in the production control department at the American Standard Corporation in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1942 while working for the Curtiss Wright Corporation, he volunteered to go to North Africa. There at a secret air base he and 1,400 other civilians became part of a classified mission - Project 19. In his book "Project 19: A Mission Most Secret," author John Swancara described it as an indispensable role in thwarting the Axis campaign in North Africa. It was late fall in 1941 when Britain was pushed to the point of disaster there. Time and combat-ready planes were running out for Britain and its allies. Prime Minister Churchill asked the U.S. for help and in 1942 Roosevelt authorized Project 19. Douglas Aircraft built an air depot in Gura, Eritrea, 1,100 miles from the front. It was here that hundreds of worn out and combat damaged P-40 aircraft were repaired for the RAF as were USAAF C-47 Transports, B-17s and B-24s.
Henry J. Sapecky
Upon returning from Africa, he enlisted in the Navy (1944). Stationed on Johnson Island in the Pacific, he worked on planes and also flew as co-pilot in TBM-3 radar planes. He was honorably discharged as a first class petty officer. In 1957, he and his childhood friend, Aaron F. Bowser, now deceased, began a sales distributorship, Bowser & Sapecky Associates. They represented companies whose electronic parts were purchased by corporations including General Electric and IBM. He and his wife, Rose (Ranallo), a history and English teacher, were married for over 65 years. They enjoyed entertaining, preparing international meals with their friends and traveling.
As a young man, Mr. Sapecky rowed in an eight-man crew at the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, N.Y., medaling at the Royal Canadian Henley. He enjoyed tennis, boating, fishing and snow skiing. A long-time golf enthusiast, in 1990, Mr. Sapecky shot a hole-in-one on the 17th hole at Cape Coral Golf & Country Club. He also took great pleasure in studying the global and domestic stock markets and in managing his investments.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sally (late, John II) Lenahan; four step-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
His son, John J., predeceased him.
A service will be held at Gulf Coast Village Wednesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway.
Please visit www.fullermetz.com to view Mr. Sapecky's Life Tribute and share a memory, condolence or picture with his family.
Patricia Louise Becker
Patricia Louise Becker, 83, of Cape Coral, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013. She was born March 5, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Louis and Clara Stewart, now deceased.
She was of the Catholic faith. She was a bar owner, bookkeeper and a world traveler.
She is survived by her son, Stewart M. (Cathy) Morrison of Springfield, Va.; and two grandchildren, Wesley and Eric Morrison, also of Springfield, Va.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Jesse L. Morrison in 1986 and Willard "Bill" Becker in 1993.
There are no formal services planned at this time.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.