Jerry Kapelus passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Loving husband of Merna, father of Gary (Carole), Stephen, and Elysa Tarascio (Nazz), grandfather of 5, great grandfather of 6. He was a Holocaust survivor who lived a life of optimism and hope. This gentle, courageous man will be deeply missed.

Some heroes don’t wear capes

Some wear numbers tattooed on their arms instead.

Some wear the hidden scars of a tragic childhood.

Some heroes don’t fly over cities or run into burning buildings.

Some heroes light the fires that inspire you to do something great or give you the wings so you can fly yourself.

Some heroes don’t fight criminals.

Some are gentle and quietly do everything they can to make the world a better place.

Some heroes don’t show their courage through daring feats that attract the world’s attention.

Some show their strength by protecting those they love from the evils of the world and by giving them the gift of optimism.

Some heroes show kindness and compassion when bitterness and anger would easily be understood.

Some heroes have eyes that smile and a heart that speaks wisdom and arms that are built to protect.

Some heroes stand tall and proud with shoulders that their loved ones can lean on no matter what.

Some heroes come into the world for a short time but leave their mark forever.


Memorial donations may be made to The Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre