Alfie Capito Made People Smile All The Time
Alfie Calpito brought smiles to everyone he met, from Manila in his native Philippines to his adopted homes of Honolulu, Hawaii and San Antonio, Texas.
“He just made me smile and laugh so much – and he pushed me hard whether we were racing in the pool or across Waikiki,” recalled Steven Munatones who recalled their days training together in Honolulu. “He loved workouts: the harder, the better. Whether he was first in a set or faster in a race – or he lost, he was always grateful for the opportunity to train and race. He was intense for sure, but he was also unfailingly generous. He was incredibly kind and a great friend. His appreciation for swimming – in a pool and in the ocean – was deeply profound and genuinely heartfelt. He loved the camaraderie of both his teammates and his competitors. His passion was so palpable and always infectious.”
Calpito competed in every ocean swim on Oahu includingthe annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim, competed in the 1991 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and all kinds of biathlons – and then later coached many others to do the same. He was working out hard – about 4,000 yards per day – up until the week of his sudden and unexpected passing.
Calpito passed away on July 31st of heart failure at home at the age of 62. Paramedics worked on him for 20 minutes, but sadly, they could not revive him.
Marcos Gonzales recalled his old coach, “Coach Alfredo was the first real coach to teach me to swim. He definitely was [my] first coach to make swimming fun. He shared with me a passion for swimming that I still have. I will most definitely miss his stories, but I know that your legacy still lives on when I tell all my athletes the stories of the amazing coach Alfie.”
His daughter Abigail Lockhart-Calpito who followed him in his wake as a competitive swimmer wrote, “Alfredo B. Calpito was a loving father and husband who was taken from his family too soon. On July 31st, he passed away suddenly, leaving behind his wife and two young daughters.
He was a strong, generous and joyful man who cared for others and always wanted the best for everyone he met. Alfredo always wanted to help people whenever he had the opportunity and facilities to do so.
Alfredo was a distinguished elite athlete, trailblazing for his family, joining the Filipino Olympic team in the 1970s before going to start a new life with extended family in Honolulu, Hawaii 43 years ago.
He settled down in San Antonio, Texas and raised his children with his wife. He was a very proud father and loving husband.
He had an intense commitment to his family and friends and made many friends all around the world.
During his life, he changed the lives of many people, sharing his love for swimming and teaching many.
He was an unforgettable man who was an amazing storyteller, openly sharing his experiences with everyone with many stories to tell. His memory and life will continue through these stories, his two daughters, his wife, and his accomplishments for his country as an Olympian.
Everyone who knew him expected him to live a long and healthy life, so his passing has shocked many and has left his family with few resources to care for his remains.
In light of the sudden passing of Alfredo, his family would deeply appreciate any assistance to help with services and to celebrate his time here on Earth. Any funds received will be used to cover his funeral and cremation expenses in addition to aiding his family with any unforeseen costs relating to Alfredo during these trying times.
Anything helps the family and spirit of Alfredo because of this unforeseen tragedy.His family deeply appreciates any help offered so that they can give Alfredo a service that we would have loved, bringing together in both the virtual world and real life the friends and loved ones he cherished so dearly.”
Information on the Alfredo B. Calpito Jr.’s Memorial Fund is posted here.
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