Holmdel - Frank Capogrosso, a former Staten Islander whose life was centered around his family, died November 18 in Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, N.J. He was 72.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Capogrosso was the son of Nicholas and Savina [Tampone] Capogrosso. A graduate of Brooklyn Tech High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for four years in the Reserves. A proud veteran, he had an extreme love for his country.
He married the former Vivian Jo Giaquinto in 1970 and moved to Midland Beach with his bride where they raised three children. During his time in the borough he was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary's R.C. Church where he coached his children's basketball teams and served as a member of the Men's Club. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the former St. John's Brooklyn College, where he was he was a member of Sigma Chi Upsilon, a fraternity which his eldest son Frank would pledge years later. He earned his master's degree in accounting from St. John's University and worked as an accountant with Stone & Webster in Manhattan, retiring in 2000. He was predeceased by his wife Vivian Jo in 1998. He moved to New Jersey in 2000.
An avid New York Yankees and Giants fan, Mr. Capogrosso was an active board member of the Village Grande at Holmdel Adult Community where he resided. He loved the ocean and took his children fishing and crabbing when they were young. Most recently, he enjoyed taking trips to visit his son Frank in South Carolina and he attended mass weekly with his son Nicholas at St. Benedict's R.C. Church in Holmdel. Mr. Capogrosso's true pride and joy was his family with whom he was in constant contact. The daily text exchanges with his daughter Jeanine Diesso were many and he called her every day without fail as she drove home from work
A grandfather to eight - Frankie, Ava, Stella, Vivian, Nicky, Luke, Grace and Sarah - Mr. Capogrosso was known to excessively spoil his grandchildren with gifts. Referring to their father as a "true Santa," his family said if the kids asked for something - chocolates, candy or toys - he sought it out, most likely at Pottery Barn or LL Bean, and dropped it on their doorstep the very next day.
In addition to his grandchildren, sons, Frank and Nicholas and his daughter, Jeanine, Mr. Capogrosso is survived by his longtime partner, Elizbeth Thomas, who has been by his side for the past 20 years. He also leaves behind a brother, Carmine Capogrosso and his wife, Audrey; his daughters-in-law, Jackie and Carolyn Capogrosso; son-in-law, Derek Diesso; niece and nephew Kristen Montella and Matthew Capogrosso and his mini schnauzer, Mario
Due to current COVID restrictions, a celebration of Frank's life will be held at a future date. His family has requested that memorial donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors
Project at www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org
To share a memory of Frank or send condolences to his family, please visit www.waittfh.com