Don was born in New York in 1927, and raised in Coral Gables, Florida. Upon graduation from high school he sailed as a Radio Officer in the WWII U.S. Merchant Marine, serving in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean war zones.
Don was a Civil Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and graduated with a MBA from Fordham University. He was a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Society of Automotive Engineers.
Don’s career began with DuPont as a field engineer building the Savannah River “H” Bomb Plant. He was called into the Army during the Korean War; serving as a topographical surveyor of uncharted arctic regions of Alaska.
Following Army discharge, Don joined Union Carbide Corp., covering business at Kennedy Space Center, and throughout Florida and the Bahamas.
He advanced to the World Headquarters of Union Carbide, managing commercialization of chemicals and plastics systems now used worldwide in the automotive industry. In 1993 Don retired from Union Carbide with distinction.
Don met his future wife, Jacque,’ while attending classes at the University of Miami. They had been happily married for over 65 years, and have two daughters, Carolynn Ceccopieri (Fernando) and Barbara Wallace (Jack), and three grandsons, Nicholas Leimbach, Oliver Ceccopieri, and Christopher Ceccopieri. Don had two surviving brothers, Eugene Napoli and Dominick Napoli. He is preceded in death by his brother William Napoli.
In retirement Don was a Realtor, played golf, and was an active volunteer with the Venice Kiwanis Club, Guardian ad Litem, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Venice Foundation, and the Boards of the Friends of the Jacaranda Public Library and Jacaranda West Homeowners’ Association. He thoroughly enjoyed all the above, and the many friendships he made along the way.
A service will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery on Friday, February 12th at 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.