Greene family recalls active little boy

GREENE — Nathan Capponi was a typical 6-year-old. That meant he was always in motion, according to his uncle, Adam Capponi.

"He was a character, full of energy," Capponi said. "He wouldn't stop until he went to bed at night. He loved riding his bike; it didn't matter what the weather was."

Nathan was killed Wednesday morning in the family's Quaker Ridge Road driveway.

His father, Kevin Capponi, had just finished plowing his driveway and the driveway next door. As he backed up the truck, Nathan darted behind him on his bicycle. Kevin never saw his son; the boy had slipped out of the house to ride his bike on the smoothed driveway before heading off to day care for the morning.

It's not anybody's fault, said Kevin's uncle, David Violette of Turner.

"It was an accident, but we need to remind people to not take anything for granted when kids are around," Violette said. "You have to take a second look when the kids are around. We had (Nathan) out last Friday and he was here and there and out all over the place. He was in and out of the house, and he'd run out into the snow and back in. He was a very active little boy."

The family has scheduled services for Nathan at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Fortin Group, 217 Turner St., Auburn. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Monday, at Fortin.

Adam Capponi said his nephew loved his bicycle; he loved soccer, and he loved fishing.

"He was looking forward to a lot of stuff," Adam said. "He kept grabbing his fishing pole and asking his dad, 'When can we go fishing?' And his dad told him they could go as soon as the ice in the lake melted."

Kevin Capponi said his son's current obsession was a dirt bike. He was hoping his parents would let him get one this summer.

"He'd bring home the books from school, and every one of them had to do with dirt bikes," Kevin said.

Nathan also was excited about collecting sap from the family's tree to make maple syrup. The family was boiling that sap down Friday afternoon while they looked at pictures of Nathan; kneeling with a basketball at Greene Central School earlier this winter or posing with his fishing pole and a fish he caught.

"He was a pretty good fisherman," Adam Capponi said.

Family photo

A recent photo of Nathan Capponi.

Family photo

Photo of Nathan Capponi

Family photo

Photo of Nathan Capponi

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Police took a scooter that they believed Nathan Capponi was riding when he was killed, but he was on his bicycle, and it still sits outside the Capponi home in Greene on Friday.

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Adam Capponi looks at photos of his nephew, Nathan Capponi, at the home of his brother Kevin Capponi, who was still in shock Friday after he accidentally ran over his son Wednesday morning.

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Nathan Capponi's great uncle, David Violette of Turner, talks about Nathan at the family home in Greene where the 6-year-old died Wednesday.

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Photo of Nathan Capponi

An account has been set up at Community Credit Union to accept donations to help the Capponi family. Donations can be made at either branch, in the name of Nathan Capponi.

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Such a sad - tragic thing to have happen...Thoughts and prayers to Nathan's family...

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Prayers to the family

I can't imagine the horror and the pain this family is suffering. My thoughts and prayers to you all. My heart bleeds for his Dad. RIP Nathan.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Every parents' worse nightmare.

A true tragedy, a terrible accident.

Life is wonderful.

Yet life is [expletive] brutal.



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