Remembering Margo Locaputo
In March of 2009, the St. Xavier community mourned the loss of a very special person.
Director of X-Travaganza Margo Locaputo passed just three days after her 70th birthday and four days after the successful 2009 X-Travaganza: An African X-Pedition.
“Margo was a sister to many of us, a mother to all of us,” said St. X past President Fr. Walter C. Deye S.J. (’66). “This was a woman who so much loved her family and St. Xavier High School. How marvelously she touched thousands over the years advancing the education of young men in many ways, especially through her guiding us all to and through yearly X-Travaganzas.
“May she rest in the peace and arms of our loving Father. Let us keep her husband, John in our prayers, as well as her children, Drew (’91) and Beth, their spouses, and grandchildren.”
Margo is survived by her husband John, children Drew (Heather) and Beth (Jeff Bradshaw) Locaputo and granddaughters Ella and Molly Locaputo.
Margo and John Locaputo served as X-Travangnza co-chairs in 1991 and 1992. She joined the St. X Development office as full-time director of X-Travaganza in January of 1994. Over the last 15 years, the annual dinner auction raised nearly $7 million for the school, including more than $2 million in the last three years alone.
“You can put a number on the money X-Trav has raised for the school, and it’s an impressive number,” said Ralph Nardini (’77), vice president for development. “What you can’t put a number on is how many people Margo touched, how many people she brought together as lifelong friends, how she made X-Trav all about community, about the St. X family.
Margo was known for her affection, frequently using and answering to the nickname “dear” with bosom friends and strangers alike.
“She got into your heart and stayed there,” said Tina Hawking, who chaired X-Travaganza 2009 with her husband, Andy. “She knew everybody and knew how to make them feel good about being involved. I told her Saturday night I loved her and she told me she loved me; I’m grateful for that.”