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Mr. Emil J. Caprara, Jr., age 73, passed away on August 9, 2010. He was born in Turtle Creek, PA in 1936 and was the son of Erminio and Giovinnia Bracci Caprara. Emil graduated with his Bachelor's (1958) and Master's (1962) degrees from Penn State University. While at Penn State he enjoyed a successful career as a full back on their football team. After college Emil moved to Grand Rapids to become a member of the Grand Rapids Blazer's football team. He began his career with the Grand Rapids Public Schools in 1961 at Creston High School. Emil remained at Creston from 1961 to 1966 and coached wrestling, football and was a half-time counselor in addition to his teaching. He joined the faculty at Grand Rapids Junior College in 1966 and taught physical education, coached wrestling, and was an assistant football coach. In 1984, Emil became the Cross Country Coach and in 1991 was named Athletic Director. He provided leadership not only in the classroom to his physical education students, but also to the many GRCC student athletes who participated in sports. After 36 years, he retired to enjoy the good life with his wife Judy. Emil loved playing golf and was a member of the Silver Lake Country Club. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; children, Leland Caprara of Chicago, IL, Anthony and Laura Caprara; grandchildren, Anthony and Thomas from Grand Rapids; brothers, Albert, Tony, Gregory (Gloria); sister, Theresa Caprara. Emil was preceded in death by his mother and father, and brothers, Joseph and Henry.