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Vincent Louis Capitano, insurance company owner, philanthropist

Nov. 22, 1929 – Feb. 26, 2016

Vincent Louis “Jim” Capitano, owner and CEO of Capitano Insurance and known for his generosity and philanthropy, died in West Covina, Calif., on Friday after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Carmello and Josephine Capitano. After he graduated from Hutchinson Technical High School, he served in the Navy for four years before marrying Helen Gruttolori at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in South Buffalo.

The couple, married for 59 years, made their home in California, traveled the world and worked together on philanthropic causes.

Mr. Capitano was instrumental in raising money for Queen of the Valley Hospital’s neonatal unit in West Covina. He was later honored for his “longtime commitment to healthcare in the community” and named “Trustee Emeritus” in 2011.

Mr. Capitano was an avid golfer. He served on the Board of Directors for the Citrus Valley Health Foundation. He was known as “Pops” in the family.

His niece Carla Marrazzo remembered him for his great sense of humor and humility. People who met him walked away feeling like they made a friend. “We all agreed that he truly never met a stranger,” said Marrazzo, who lives in Orchard Park.

He is survived by his wife Helen, two sisters, Jerry Trifiletti and Marion Trigilio, two brothers, Alfonso and Joseph, two sons, Mark and Adam; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family is planning a memorial luncheon in West Covina.