Aug. 17, 1927 – April 13, 2013

Anthony J. Capozzi, 85, the retired president of Capozzi Custom Homes, died Saturday at his Clarence home.

Mr. Capozzi was born in Buffalo and attended local schools, including Burgard High School.

He served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater, where he met his father’s family in Italy. He later sponsored them to move to this country, employing them in the concrete business he started in the 1950s.

Mr. Capozzi was president and owner of Lafayette Concrete, Lafayette Builders and Capozzi Custom Homes. He built homes in Kenmore, the Town of Tonawanda and Sloan before developing land and building custom homes in Amherst and Williamsville.

A cancer survivor, he retired as a builder in the late 1980s but continued to manage some apartment buildings and other properties that his company had constructed. His sons, Anthony and Jay, followed their father into the business and now operate Capozzi Homes.

An officer of the Niagara Frontier Builders Association, he said his “best decision ever” was his 58-year marriage to the former Thurza Willard.

He was proud of the three holes-in-one he shot in his golfing career, two at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and one at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island. Mr. Capozzi had been a season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills since the early 1960s.

In addition to his wife and sons, survivors include two daughters, Tressa Romanowski and Amy Calandra; a sister, Barbara; and a brother, Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, off Maple Road, Amherst.