1923 – 2016

SOUTH PARIS — John A. Capponi Sr., 93, formerly of Mexico, passed away Monday, Nov. 14, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris.

He was born in Auburn on May 3, 1923, the eldest child of Felix and Grace (Jannace) Capponi. John was educated in Rumford schools and was a graduate of Stephens High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II as a signalman. He proudly shared stories about his experiences in World War II; these stories were told and retold many times throughout the years and enjoyed by all who heard them, young and old.

John married Arlene (Conant) on July 14, 1946; together they celebrated 53 years of marriage; she passed in June 1999. Following the death of his wife, John shared the last 16 years of his life with Theresa Diconzo.

John was very fortunate to have shared his life with two amazing women.

He was employed for many years with Oxford Paper Co. He also owned and operated Capponi’s Clock and Watch Repair out of his home since 1964.

He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Surviving are his children, John A. Capponi Jr. of Bonita Springs, Fla., Pamela Bulger and husband, Dan, of Roxbury, and David M. Capponi and wife, Julie, of Fairfield; two sisters, Veronica McLean of Connecticut and Madeline Libby of Mexico; a brother, Frank Capponi of Connecticut; five grandchildren, Aaron Capponi and wife, Colleen, Jason Capponi, Katie Hicks and husband, Dylan, Kevin Capponi and wife, Kayla, and Michael Capponi; and five great-grandchildren, Alaina Capponi, Rocco Capponi, Dustin Capponi, Gunnar Hicks and Kamber Capponi.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Arlene; a son, Timothy; and a granddaughter, Jennifer.

The family would like to thank the remarkable staff at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris; their care for our dad John was incredible and will forever be appreciated.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Capponi family by visiting their guest book at www.sgthibaultfuneralhome.com.

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