Fightful is sad to report the passing of former WWWWF/WWF referee Billy Caputo. He was 72.
His daughter Kate Caputo Miley made the announcement on her Facebook page, writing, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we want to share that we lost our Dad today. I don’t think there are any words that can describe the man he was and the mark he is leaving on this world. He fought a hard fight. Thanks to hospice, we were given a year with him that we will forever be grateful for. He passed peacefully surrounded by all of us. He is loved and will never be out of our hearts. RIP Billy J Caputo, Referee."
He began working as a referee in the 1970s, applying for the job through the New York State Athletic Commission. Along with working matches for WWF, he was brought to Puerto Rico and WWC, where he worked as a heel referee. After retiring the white and black stripes, he became an inspector for the New York State Athletic Commission.
He was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma of the bone marrow in September 2018.
On behalf of Fightful, we would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Caputo.