Donald Napoli

July 11, 1927 - January 15, 2021
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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.



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Date: Friday, February 12, 2021

Time: 1:30 pm

Sarasota National Cemetery


9810 State Road 72, , Sarasota, FL, 34241


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Born: July 11, 1927
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Shari, Holly, Mike, Steve and Shirley posted on 2/5/21

Jacque, to you Carol, Barbara and your entire family I would like to express my deepest condolences from all our family. I hate that Covid has kept us all from being with you three during this sad time. Uncle Don was a force of nature and my favorite picture of him will always be the one of him leaping joyfully through the sprinkler. We are with you in our thoughts, in our prayers and in our hearts with love to you all.


Jaye Williams posted on 1/27/21

Jacque, to you and your entire family I would like to express my deepest condolences. It was my privilege and pleasure to meet Don as he was involved in the Decisions to Win program. He was so passionate about DTW, he actually accompanied me to meet with the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters to pitch the organization managing the program when it needed a new not for profit "home" in 2005. I became the coordinator of the program and Don was integral in our training programs for new mentors. He made new volunteers feel confident mentoring at risk high school students. Don impacted so many at risk high school young men in our community as their DTW Big Brother. Our community is better because of his selfless dedication.


Ronald Grambo posted on 1/25/21

Don was a member of the Venice Men`s Club since January 1994. He was always quick with a smile and encouragement for his friends. We will all miss him very much. We enjoyed meeting Jacgue on our Ladies Day at the club and at The American Legion. Our condolences to Jacque and their family. Ron Grambo President, Venice Men`s Club


Bob and Susan Foster posted on 1/25/21

Jacque....Sorry for your loss. We remember well our shared memories when we lived in Jacaranda West also. Don's devotion to the Jacaranda Library and leadership in fundraising for the library expansion were especially impressive and appreciated. Condolences to your entire family.


Louis Johnson posted on 1/24/21

Goodbye to my neighborhood friend Don, and condolences to his family. I met Don by chance at a community center bulletin board 15 years ago and enjoyed friendly sidewalk or market visits many times. Worried about all of our health I was overjoyed to see Don behind a mask at Publix just a few weeks ago. A friendly humble man with a vibrant mind and sense of humor I am grateful to have known. Happy horizons to his family, Louis


Margie Murray posted on 1/21/21

Carolynn, Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of loss. You father looks like he lived a full and blessed life. Praying for the peace of Christ to comfort you and your family at this time.


Mark/Maureen Nolan posted on 1/21/21

Barbara, Jack and Nick, We are so sorry to hear of your Dads(Grandfather's) passing. He was such a gentleman. Cherish your memories and keep them close to your heart. It will Help you through the difficult days ahead. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻 Mark and Maureen Nolan


Tom & Lisa DeNunzio posted on 1/20/21

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Don was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by all.


The Neuman's posted on 1/19/21

A lovely person to know. Very sorry for your loss.