March 25, 1926 ~ May 31, 2021

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Robert Edwin Cappon

Greece:  Beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on May 31, 2021 at age 95.  Born in Rochester, NY on March 25, 1926, he was the son of the late Elmer J. and Georgianna Cappon.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce K. (Roller) Cappon; daughters, Barbara Cappon, Patricia (Brian) Sullivan; sons, Douglas (Karen) Cappon and Steven (Sheri) Cappon.  Predeceased by his brothers, Elmer (Mary) Cappon, John “Jack” (Connie) Cappon; sister, Janet (Robert) Winnick.

Bob attended St. Andrew’s Elementary and Ben Franklin High Schools.  After graduation he served in the U.S. Army during WWII, promoted to the rank of technical sergeant while stationed in Hawaii with the Signal Service Battalion.  Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his law degree in 1952 from Cornell Law School.

In 1953, Bob married his sweetheart Joyce, and together they started a family and became active in church, school and community service projects in the town of Greece.  He began his law career with the Harris Beach law firm, and later pursued a practice in community law.

In 1966, Bob ran for and was elected to the first-ever Monroe County Legislature, serving the Sixth District for the next five years.  As a legislator and a member of the Transportation and Parks Committee, he supported the development of Greece Canal Park.  He later led Monroe County’s Tax Foreclosure Office for many years.

Bob was highly respected for his professional integrity, his devotion to the practice of law, his family and community service. He was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years with the Barnard Fire Department, serving as president for two years, and he was honored in 2000 for his 38 years of outstanding service and pro bono legal work for the department.

Bob and Joyce were lifelong parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo Church.  He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization.  He enjoyed bowling with the Greece Catholic Men’s League for many years.

Bob told wonderful stories of his childhood growing up on Lux Street with his brothers, Elmer and Jack and sister, Janet (Winnick) Cappon, and summering on Sodus Bay with his cousins, Chuck, Herb, Ralph and Jerry Spiegel.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved tending his bountiful vegetable garden at his lakeside cottage.  An amateur ornithologist, he carefully recorded his birdwatching observations in his Peterson’s Field Guide.  He particularly loved reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Conservationist magazine.  He and Joyce especially enjoyed traveling cross-country with their close friends Frank and Lois Clovis visiting many National Parks and historical spots.

He adored spending time with his grandchildren, Nick, Ryan, Emily, Spencer, Lauren, Caroline and Brian, and his many nieces and nephews.  We will remember him fondly for how much he loved and cared for all of us.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in his memory Saturday, June 5th at 9:30 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Avenue.  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


Service: June 5, 2021 9:30 am

St. Charles Borromeo Church
3003 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14616

Burial: June 5, 2021 10:30 am

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Robert E. Cappon 's name.

St. Charles Borromeo Church

3003 Dewey Ave Rochester, NY 14616

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  1. I’m so sorry I’m unable to be with you to celebrate Bob’s life on Saturday. He was so jovial and typical of the Cappon-Spiegel personality that permeates Spiegel Drive to this day. I was blessed to know him. He is now in the duck blinds with Jack, Herb, Chuck Jerry, and Ralph waiting for the big shoot. Peace to all.

  2. Bob was a wonderful long time friend, St. Charles Borromeo member, neighbor and attorney…….
    .Bob was always a happy and pleasant guy. a real joy to be with,…….Joyce was too and there mutual love was admirtable……..
    I have great memories of them too…
    My prayers and condolances go out to Joyce and all the family……you were certainly blessed with a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather……..

  3. Joyce,our deepest sympathy,Bob was a great person,all who knew will share in your loss.

    Love, Walter and Shirley Muench

  4. Dear Joyce and Family,
    We are so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing and we extend to you all our deepest sympathy. We hope to see you back on Contant Lane soon, and again, you are in our hearts.
    Rosemary and Chuck Willette
    Contant Lane

  5. Our sincere condolences go out to Aunt Joyce, Patty, Barb, Doug and Steve and their family on the loss of a wonderful, caring, funny and kind man. I hold many wonderful memories of Uncle Bob, his smile, humor and genuine personality. We look forward to our reunion to celebrate his life.

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