In Memoriam: Eileen Driscoll Kapotes, 62

Corporate Telecom at Chase in Late 1980s, Where She Met Her Husband


Eileen Driscoll Kapotes, who worked in Corporate Telecommunications for Chase, died at her home in Pompton Plains, NJ, on October 20, 2023. She was 62 and had battled breast cancer for nearly 12 years.  


Born in Brooklyn, NY, Kapotes grew up there, Dongan Hills, Staten Island, and finally Montville, NJ, where she attended St. Pius X School before entering Morris Catholic High School in Denville. She briefly attended Holy Cross University, starting in the pre-med program, but the strong pull towards family tradition brought Kapotes to her father's alma mater, Villanova University.  


Upon graduation from Villanova in 1983, she spent some time in the retail industry, hired for the Executive Training Program at Bamberger's (Macy's) in Willowbrook Mall, then moving on to become store manager at cruise wear boutique, California Sunshine, located in the Garden State Plaza. The siren call of NYC could not be ignored; so Kapotes changed careers–briefly joining Continental Insurance and then moving on to Chase Manhattan Bank in the Financial District in their telecommunications division.



A Jersey girl through and through, it was then back to work in her home state with time at Becton Dickinson in Franklin Lakes. Her final career change took place when she realized her talents and intelligence could have their greatest impact in the profession in which her mom also worked: Teaching would bring personal and professional fulfillment for the next 16 years in Pequannock Township, being awarded Teacher of the Year during her tenure.


In the late 1980s, she met her husband, Nicholas Kapotes, while working at Chase Manhattan Bank. They called the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea their home before settling in Pompton Plains, NJ. 



Among her survivors are her husband (CAA member Nicholas Kapotes), two daughters, two granddaughters, her parents and siblngs.  


Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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