DELMAR – John A. Cappello, 92, formerly of Gloversville, died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. Mr. Cappello was born in Schenectady, he also lived for seven years in Garden Grove, CA, and then returned to Gloversville, NY. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war he owned the Georgie Importing Co. in Schenectady. He also owned three restaurants in California in partnership with his brother for a time. In Gloversville he owned Cappello’s Roma Restaurant.
Mr. Cappello was predeceased by his wife Rose Ruggeri Cappello. He is survived by his children Madlyn Reid of Albany, John Cappello, Jr. (Jean) of Phoenix, AZ, and James Cappello (Dina) of Clifton Park; his brother Anthony Cappello of Maryland; his sister Helen Viscusi of Anaheim, CA; his grandchildren David Merwitz (Ellen), Laura Meeson (Lance), and Jonathan Cappello; and by four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday morning at 10:30. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
John Jr & family,
I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Always enoyed stopping at the restaurant and talking to him when I was in town. My thought he was great. Benn many years since I’ve seen you and hope everything is ok with you and your family.
Andrea Chittenden (Piazza)
I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Your Dad. My Prayers are with the family. God Bless you all.
I was sadden to read that John passed away. My family and I have many happy memories of John and his restaurant “Cappellos”. John will be saddly missed by all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Bill, Marj and Abby Jones
Toni (Compagnone) Gattie
John, Jr. and family,
I’m very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He sounds like he led a very fulfilling life. May God Bless you at this most difficult time.
Thanks so much to your dad for giving me a job at the restaurant- starting on dishes and then moving to making pizza. A few of my friends worked there as well. Your dad took care of us as if we were his kids and I will never forget his kindness and his caring. A great guy and a great boss- I am 52 now and started working there when I was 14- I remember Roma’s and your dad fondly still and always will remember the many lessons that he taught us.
For many years on my return to Gloversville to visit friends & family I made it a point to stop and see John. A great guy to say the least. I spent many of my growing years at Cappello’s Roma and learned a lot about the restaurant business from John. When I opened my own restaurant in the late 70’s I even named a main entree for him. “Manicotti Cappello”. People like John do not enter our lives very often, It was a priveledge to know him, and of course he will be missed!