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James J. Caputo

1918 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
SARATOGA SPRINGS - James J. Caputo, 94, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Wesley Health Care Center after a brief illness.
Born Oct. 23, 1918, in Fort Edward, he was the son of the late Joseph V. and Philomena "Nellie" (Corsale) Caputo. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his younger brother, Ralph Caputo of Saratoga Springs, and his wife, Rose (Cardillo) Caputo, who died Aug. 18, 2011.
A member of the New York National Guard of Saratoga's Company L, 105th Infantry, prior to the beginning of World War II, he was honorably discharged Oct. 15, 1941, and re-enlisted in January 1942. During the war, he served as a sergeant in a military police unit with the 353rd Infantry and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on Dec. 20, 1944.
Jim owned and operated West Side Auto Body prior to managing Hi-Roc Bowling Lanes for a number of years.
He was a charter member of Dominick Smaldone Post 35 Italian American War Veterans (ITAM) and American Legion Adirondack Post 70, a life member of the Principessa Elena Society and a Third Degree member of Saratoga Council 246 Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his daughters, Teresa Rockwell of Canandaigua and Phyllis (Sam) Federico of Saratoga Springs; one grandson, Christopher (Kara) Rockwell of Denver, Colo.; one granddaughter, Kimberly (Jeremy) Brooks of Advance, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Reagan Brooks and Madeline and Samantha Rockwell; and two sisters, Ursula Ruggiero of Niles, Ohio, and Mary Jane Johns of Saratoga Springs.
Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Our Lady's Chapel in the parish center of St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Clement's Church, celebrated by the Rev. Arthur B. Tuttle, C.Ss.R., associate pastor.
Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery on West Avenue.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Arrangements are under the direction of William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 N. Broadway, 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at
Jim's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Wesley Health Care Center, especially those members of 4 Springs. Their genuine kindness and caring showed in everything they did for their father and family.
Published in The Saratogian on Jan. 20, 2013
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