Robert N. Capoccia

Robert N.
Robert N. Capoccia, 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2013, at St. Luke's Home, after a long illness. Mr. Capoccia was born in Rome, NY, on February 22, 1932, the son of the late Leo R. and Mildred Redmond Capoccia. Bob attended Rome schools and graduated from Rome Free Academy with the Class of 1950. He enlisted in the United States Navy in March, 1951, and proudly served on the U.S.S. Hawkins as part of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea and was honorably discharged in March, 1955. He attended Utica College of Syracuse University and earned a BS in Business Administration, Class of 1961, where he also worked toward his Masters Degree. Bob was a Certified School District Administrator. Mr. Capoccia was employed at Griffiss Air Force Base from 1959-1970 as supervisor of Systems and Programming, and then with the Rome City Schools as Director of Data Processing from 1970-1972 until functions were centralized at Madison-Oneida BOCES. He was appointed Director of the Regional Computer Center from which he retired in January 1994. Bob was a communicant of St. Peter's Church in Rome since 1937 and, at one time, served as President of the Men's Club. He also served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and also participated in a variety of projects for the church. He joined the Knights of Columbus, Council 391, in 1975 and served as a Grand Knight. He was a member of the 4th Degree Assembly and served as its Faithful Navigator and was Financial Secretary for several years. He was a member of the Rome YMCA and the Roman Runners. Bob was proud to have competed in sixteen Boilermakers and also participated in America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk and many road races. Mr. Capoccia married Marie Magliocca on September 7, 1957. She passed away August 16, 1996. He met Charlotte Cushman Schmidt on July 18, 1997, and they were joined in Holy Matrimony on October 16, 1999, at St. Peter's Church, Rome. A truly compatible couple, they enjoyed winters in Florida, traveling, the theater and dancing. Robert is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Charlotte, of New Hartford; a daughter, Paula Foote and her companion, James McCarney; two grandchildren, Kara Foote and Timothy Foote, all of Rome; two stepdaughters, Cathy Reid and her husband, Alan, of Marcy, and Cheryl Schmidt, of Rochester; two step-grandsons, Dennis and Kyle Seyer, of Buffalo; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Leo and Rose Capoccia, of Fort Pierce, FL, and Donald Capoccia, of New Hartford; a sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Edward Contant, of Scottsdale, AZ; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Rose Marie and George Surace, of Camillus, and Mayme and Paul Palumbo, of Frankfort; a sister-in-law, Carol Magliocca, of Lee Center; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Samuel and Frances Magliocca, and one aunt, Mary Capoccia, all of Rome; and several nieces and nephews. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the wonderful staff at St. Luke's Home, especially Barton West, for the loving care of Bob and the kindness shown to both Bob and his wife, Charlotte. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 27, 2013, at 10:15 AM at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George Street, Rome, and 11:00 AM at St. Peter's Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Philip A. Hearn. Interment, St. Peter's Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday (today), September 26, 2013, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For those who wish, please consider the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in his memory and that of his beloved Shih Tzu Shadow who predeceased him on March 8, 2011. You may view the obituary and send a message of sympathy to:

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Nunn & Harper Funeral Home
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(315) 337-8500

Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Sept. 26, 2013