Portland-Joseph A. “Buddy” Capozza Jr. passed away, Sunday, July 25, 2021. He was born August 8, 1933 in Portland, Maine. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph A. Sr. and Marion G. (Pompeo), his wife Doris (DiPietrantonio), a brother Francis R., and his beloved labs Meg and Sam.
Buddy is survived by his son Joseph F. and wife Jeanne, daughter Patricia M., son James P., daughter Caroline Louise and goddaughter Judy Dixon and husband Jamie. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Joseph, Katie, Christina, Kayla, Addelaide, Isabella, Matthew, Nicholas, Ava, Jack and 9 great grandchildren of whom he was so proud of and loved dearly and they all loved him dearly back. Buddy is also survived by a sister Virginia Dorler and a brother Richard A. and wife Patricia as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Buddy grew up on Munjoy Hill and later East Deering. He was a graduate of Portland High School, class of 1952 and soon after he enlisted in the Army. Buddy was stationed in Alaska, working with radio-controlled aircraft during the Korean conflict. After his service, he came home and married his high school sweetheart Doris. Buddy worked as a printer for a short time, then was offered a job by his brother-in-law, to work in the tile trade. Buddy took great pride in learning the craft of becoming a tile mechanic. He once said, “Once I decided that I was going to do this for a living, I made up my mind that I was going to be the best at it” and he certainly was. Buddy went on to serve as president of the local Bricklayers/Tile setters union.
One of Buddy’s greatest accomplishments was opening Capozza Tile Co., in 1974, with his wife, working out of their home. After retiring, you could find him in his office/kitchen, in the back of the warehouse making spaghetti and meatballs, soups and other fine Italian meals for anyone that stopped by.
Buddy was fondly called Mister C by the many people that worked at Capozza Tile. His other interests besides cooking were; following the Red Sox, Patriots, reading, traveling, foraging for wild mushrooms, hunting and fishing with the many of the family and friends that came to “Pa’s Place”, his camp on Moosehead Lake.
The family wants to give their heartfelt thanks for the sincere and wonderful care that our dad received by the staff and professionals at InterMed, Maine Cardiology, Chest Medicine, Maine Medical Center and the Woods at Canco.
In lieu of flowers Memorial donations may be made in Joseph’s name to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital 22 Bramhall St. Portland, ME 04102. or online https://fundraising.mmc.org/bbch-donate-now
Visiting Hours will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 2 to 6 PM, at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Avenue in Portland. A funeral service will be held, 10:00 AM at the funeral home, on Monday, August 2, 2021. Burial will be private in New Calvary Cemetery.
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