His friends and co-workers said it all perfectly in a post on Facebook.
“Pasquale ‘Pat’ Capogreco, one of ISD’s “legends,” is retiring. We bid farewell to a friend, mentor, co-worker and great guy. Pat began his career in 1988 and throughout his 31 years of service he became an expert in his field and fostered relationships throughout the city,” the Facebook post read.
At Capogreco’s well-attended farewell celebration inside Santarpio’s Restaurant in East Boston, co-workers and friends Pat’s reaffirmed their respect and admiration for the popular city employee and longtime East Boston resident.
Pat stepped down after a distinguished career as a health inspector in the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department. Colleagues said Pat worked hard each day to make Boston a better city for all of its residents. He worked during the administrations of three Boston mayors, Ray Flynn, Tom Menino, and Marty Walsh. His main responsibility at ISD was enforcing the state sanitary codes at residences and commercial establishments.
Looking back on his service to the city, Pat said, “I enjoyed my opportunity working for the city. The thing I enjoyed the most about this job is helping people secure the services they needed from city government and getting their issued resolved quickly and professionally.”
The fact that Pat performed his responsibilities so well, often went above and beyond the call of duty and mentored new employees does not surprise those who know Pat and his family.
The Capogreco family has been well known in the East Boston community for decades. His father, Vincenzo, operated an Italian grocery store, Bennington Food Market, where Pat had worked before being hired at ISD.
Pat, his parents, Vincenzo and Lina Capogreco, and his sisters, Maria and Lisa, have assisted in many philanthrophic endeavors and have often rallied friends and supporters behind important causes in the neighborhood.
Pat has moved on to a new position in public relations for Cargo Ventures. “I’m very happy to be working for such a great company and I look forward to helping them to promote their project in East Boston.
Pat also praised Jake Citrin, CEO of Cargo Ventures, which is located at 440 McClellan Highway.
“Jake is a humble guy and I’m grateful that I have an opportunity to work for Cargo Ventures,” he said.
But Pat added he will always have great memories of his time in city government.