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Anthony Joseph Capozzi Jr., 65, passed away July 4 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Anthony was born Jan. 28, 1952 in Akron, OH to Anthony and Cecilia Capozzi. He attended St. Anthony of Padua Parish School for primary school. He graduated from North High School in 1970, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and was Student Council President. He began attending The University of Akron in 1970, graduating in 1982 with a degree in Special Education. During his time there, he was a member of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. He worked at Seiberling Tire and The Weaver School in Tallmadge while he completed his undergraduate studies. After graduating he worked for the Catholic Commission of Summit County, helping to develop the Urban Ministry program. He moved to Ithaca, NY where he worked part time as a teacher while helping there to start an Urban Ministry program. He later moved to Rochester, NY where he worked for the Diocese of Rochester as the Social Justice Coordinator of 66 parishes. In this job he supervised 3 homeless shelters, 2 soup kitchens, served on the Interfaith Social Justice Committee, and wrote social justice articles for the diocesan newspaper.
In 1986, he moved to Louisville, KY to begin his career with The Jefferson County School District as a special education teacher at Bruce Middle School. In 1989, he earned his Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology from The University of Louisville. He began working as a guidance counselor at Mezeek Middle School, where he worked the remainder of his career until retiring due to complications from his first bout with brain cancer. After his retirement, he remained active volunteering with social justice issues in the Diocese of Louisville and with his local parish, where he was a member of the church choir.
In 2004, he moved back home to Akron to be closer to family and continued his life of service. He became very active in his fraternity, the Beta Lambda Chapter of Theta Chi, where he served as Vice President of the Alumni Board. He remained devoted to social justice issues, serving as a member of The Catholic Commission of Summit County, where he co-chaired the committee on poverty and racism. He served as President of the Board of The Tri County Independent Living Center. He was the recipient of many awards for his volunteer work including The United Way Volunteer Service Award, The University of Akron College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, The University of Akron Office of Greek Life Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and The Catholic Commission of Summit County Faithful Servant Award.
Anthony was a devout Catholic. He was a 33 year member of the Secular Franciscans in the Body of Christ Fraternity. He was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Akron, where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and sang in the church choir. He had also worked with the Search Program.
He was preceded in death by his father Anthony Joseph Sr., brother, Thomas Anthony Sr., and nephew Thomas Anthony Jr. He is survived by his mother Cecilia; sisters Celeste and Paula; nephews and nieces Andrew (Leeann) Capozzi, Matthew (Melissa) Capozzi, Martin Kubilus, Christi Capozzi, Ryan Kubilus,
Joseph Mong, Ashley (Steve) Ebie; Great nephews and nieces Austin Brown, Mikayla and Anthony Capozzi; Tonya and Haley Moodie; Emma, Matt, and Jacob Capozzi; Ethan Mong, Kevin, Kayla, Kaden, Addison and Avery Ebie; Aunts Frances Massa, Nardina Conti, Lucy Capozzi and Madeline (Tom) Lee; as well as many close cousins and lifelong friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 11:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 83 Mosser Place, Akron with Father Edward Burba, Celebrant. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 8 pm at H B Moore Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., Akron (corner of N. Man St. and Mildred Ave.). Anthony’s final resting place will be Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Please go to hbm-fh.com to view Anthony’s Tribute wall and offer condolences and share memories.


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Visitation

Sunday

9

Jul

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
H B Moore Funeral Home

936 North Main Street
Akron, OH 44310

Mass of Christian Burial

Monday

10

Jul

11:00 AM
St. Anthony Catholic Church

83 Mosser Place
Akron, OH 44310

Cemetery Details

Location

Northlawn Memorial Gardens

4724 State Road
Peninsula, OH 44264

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