Vincent (Vinnie) Capozzi of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., and Murrells Inlet, S.C., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.
He waged a difficult battle with cancer, which he handled with the same determination, perseverance and selflessness he handled everything in his life. Despite whatever he was going through, he was always 100 percent there for his family and friends.
Vinnie was born in Poughkeepsie, the son of Richard and Marie Francese Capozzi.
In 1976 in Sheahan Hall on the Marist College campus, he met the love of his life, Honora “Noreen” Fennell, with whom he would spend the rest of his life.
Vinnie was active in many of Marist’s organizations, where he was the General Manager of the Marist College Radio Station, but his true love was working behind the scenes in theatre. He produced two plays for Marist College Children’s Theatre and was on call to assist even after graduation in 1978.
He was the first recipient of the prestigious Gerald Cox Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts in 1980, and in 2012 was inducted into the Marist College Theatre Hall of Fame.
Vinnie had a successful career in the specialty glass industry, and recently retired as the Director of Business Development for Tower Optical.
He was an energetic supporter of his community, serving as a longtime Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 149 in Woodbury, President of the Tuxedo Men’s Book Club, the yearly “Grill Master” at the Tuxedo Park Library’s annual Memorial Day Picnic as well as an active member of many of Tuxedo’s committees.
His passion for cooking for his family was legendary and he took great joy from people gathering and enjoying his delicious meals at his home.
His true passion was his family. In 1986 he married Noreen, and they had two children, Christopher and Katharine, who he always let know were his greatest accomplishment. He is survived by Noreen at home; Christopher of Warwick; Katharine of Tuxedo Park; his sister Celeste Kubala and her husband Jeff of Poughquag; and his many loving brother and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
His family would like to thank all his great network of family and friends who have been so supportive, and his wonderful doctors and nurses and medical team for whose dedication they will be forever grateful.
Visitation was held July 7 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe.
A Funeral Mass was held July 8 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Tuxedo.
Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions in Vinnie’s name may be made to the Tuxedo Park Library, 227 Route 17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.
Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Homes, Monroe (845 782-8185 or www.ssqfuneralhome.com).