Antoine was born on April 22nd, 1954 & died on October 4th, 2002. He was a complicated, funny, and very passionate person. He was quick to anger, but quick to forgive and forget too. He was a great dad to his kids and a wonderful poet. Antoine was of Italian descent but raised in France. He fathered one daughter in France, at the age of 17. As an adult, he moved to Mexico where he had a successful restaurant business. He met and married his wife and had two sons with her. They later moved to the US where they eventually divorced. Antoine was an incredible artist both with written word and with design. His landscaping and interior decorating skills were extremely impressive. He opened a small cafe in Salt Lake City, called Bonjour Cafe. I had lost touch with Antoine but my sister saw his obituary in the paper. He died in France, the country he loved. Antoine gave me permission to publish his poem, Nuits Glacees, on the internet if he could publish my poem, Saguaro. I like to think of it as a small way to keep his memory alive.

UPDATE: I am excited that Antoine’s son, Antoine Jr. found his dad’s page here and gave me permission to publish more of his writing. I am happy to be able to showcase such a talented man, and very grateful for Antoine Jr.’s input and for allowing me to put his father’s writing where it could be seen and shared. Thanks Antoine Jr – You rock!

Antoine’s Obituary:

Our dear friend Antoine Cappelleri passed away on Friday, October 4th, 2002 in Toulouse, France. He is survived by his sons, Antoine Junior and Enrico and a daughter Celia (Toulouse, France). His passionate personality and innate kindness will be deeply missed. A memorial in his honor will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at 3052 East Louise Avenue in Salt Lake City.


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