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Francis Xavier Caprara

October 17, 2014

Francis Xavier CapraraFrancis Xavier Caprara, 80, Perch Lake Rd., Watertown passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse.

Calling hours will be held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St., Watertown on Tuesday, October 21, from noon to 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at the church on Wednesday, October 22, at 11AM and burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

FX was born in the Bronx on January 16, 1934, son of William V. and Teresa R. Abbate Caprara and he graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School, Bronx. He served in the US Air Force from 1953 - 1957.

On April 28, 1957 he married Helen Carrier at St. John's Church, Bronx with Fr. Sommers officiating.

In 1969 FX Caprara was the general manager at George Cook Ford in Scarsdale NY. When an opportunity came from a realtor purchasing a car, FX was offered 90 acres of vacant land on Perch Lake Rd Watertown NY. After traveling to Watertown for the next five years to view the land and area, in 1974 FX and Helen decided to move their family to Watertown for a better way of life. Watertown would be the place to create great businesses and an even better family life with an abundance of opportunity. In August of 1974 FX obtained his first dealer license and opening FX Caprara Auto Sales. This dealership was in the back yard of the 90 acre opportunity that then became his home. Fx started the business with just three cars, his wife Helen and children. In 1992 FX opened his first new car dealership. Today FX Caprara stands for ten dealerships and nineteen different franchises. FX Caprara employes over three hundred and fifty local residents. FX has always had a dream in life mirrored by good times and vision.

FX was often asked to help in many local projects and proud supporter of local charities and events throughout his life. FX was a well known member of the Sacred Heart Foundation for many years and was on its Honorary Council. He also was a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge #496, the Italian American Civic Assoc., Eagles Aerie #782, the Brownville American Legion, and was a Third Degree Knights of Columbus. FX Caprara was a true leader, actively participating with his empire of dealerships. FX first and foremost was a family man. He built all relationships with a smile and a handshake. FX loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, baking, racing, photography - the list goes on.

FX will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Besides his wife, Helen he is survived by his three children, Billy Caprara and wife, Tana, Dexter, and Charles Caprara and wife, Maureen and Teresa Caprara Ostrom and husband, Kim Ostrom, all of Watertown, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, brother, Victor Caprara and wife, Carol, Winthrop, ME, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Flowers in his memory may be sent directly to the church. Online condolences to FX's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#116 Beth E Robertson 2014-10-27 10:57
RIP Mr. Caprara. Deepest symphony to Charlie and the entire Caprara family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#115 Paul Murgo 2014-10-24 06:00
A true gentleman in every sense of the word. Connie and I extend our sympathy to his wife and family.
Melbourne Beach neighbors.
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#114 Mr& MrsRonald Robins 2014-10-23 19:33
Our heart felt prayers are with you and your family.Charlie and Billy your dad was an awesome man.
Ron and I consider it a privilege to been a part of your lives. May God continue to lift you up and comfort you. You're in our hearts in our minds. Ron & Margaret Robinson
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#113 Dennis Bruce 2014-10-22 19:12
Billy and Charlie, My condolences to you and your family.
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#112 Nancy McCabe 2014-10-22 12:35
Dear Billy, Charlie and family,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Although I never met your father I know he must have been a great man to have raised such a great family and leave behind such a wonderful legacy. His spirit and strength lives through each of you. Everyday he will look upon all of you with a smile and you will feel the warmth of his love.
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#111 elizabeth jones 2014-10-22 11:49
Helen, Billy, Charlie, Teresa, and family; sending many thoughts and prayers . my deepest sympathies to all of you. only GOD will be able to give you the strength to get through this most difficult time. I am so saddened for all of you. what a legacy Frank has left. He was such a humble man. you all have been so gracious to me and our community...... ...... may GOD continue to poor his blessings out on all of you for many years to come.... Frank will be greatly missed......... . thank you liz
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#110 dean clark 2014-10-22 11:46
His smile and firm hand shake will be sadly missed pulling into my driveway
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#109 Tom Dawley 2014-10-22 11:02
Helen & Family...Baking bread on Saturday morning will never be the same again...Frank and I had such a good thing going...Coffee. .Breakfast and sliding the bread in the oven on Saturdays...Fra nk and I had such a good time in Vermont learning how to make bread..then trading recipes ...and coming up with new ideas...I am going to miss Frank a lot...and Saturday morning will never be the same...his picture will be there next to the oven to remind me.

Tom Dawley
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#108 phillip muldovan 2014-10-22 10:44
Frank was a kind and generous man,our respects to the family. Phil &Connie Muldovan
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#107 Fred and Kim Hart 2014-10-22 09:37
To the Caprara Family:
So sorry we could not be there. Frank was a good man. Back when he started out, his handshake was his warranty and his smile was his guarantee and he stood by it throughout the year's. Sadly missed by the Fred Hart Sr. Family. R.I.P. Frank.
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