In Memoriam: Glen Cove's Richard 'Dick' Capobianco
Richard K. “Dick” Capobianco passed away February 20, 2016 from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. He was 78.
He was survived by his wife Sidnee and sons Christopher of Patchogue and Andy of East Northport in addition to nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was the third of seventeen children born in 1937 to Fred and Wilena Capobianco of Glen Cove. He was was an avid boater and skier, a member of the Northport Yacht Club and an active member of the East Northport Rotary Club. Dick was part of a family that is well established in the Floor Covering industry on Long Island. Glen Floors was founded by his grandfather Antonio in 1932. Antonio's son Peter founded Cappy's Carpets in Port Jefferson in 1946 and son Fred continued at Glen Floors. Eventually a number of Fred’s children became active in the business and still are. Peter, Jr. operates Cappy’s Carpets today.
After graduating from Glen Cove High School in 1955, Dick served in the United States Navy and returned to start a career in floor covering sales at the Hicksville Glen Floors store. One of the other salesmen, Fred Hughes introduced Dick to his daughter, Sidnee. The two fell in love and were married in 1958. Fred Hughes left Glen Floors in 1959 and started his own business, Fred's Carpet in East Northport. In 1971, he retired and sold the business to Dick and Sid. Eventually, two of their sons, Christopher and Andy became active in the business and today the store is operated by Andy and his wife Marianne. Christopher left the company in 1992, staying in the industry in architectural sales, technical support and journalism. He is currently with Spartan Surfaces, a wholesale distributor of commercial floor coverings. Christopher’s son Graham also works in the industry as a technical specialist with Roppe Holding Company.
Viewing Wednesday, 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 at Brueggemann Funeral Home, 522 Larkfield Road, East Northport, N.Y.
Funeral Service Thursday 10:00 at Union United Methodist Church 1018 Pulaski Road, East Northport.
Burial at Locust Valley Cemetery and luncheon to follow at Northport Yacht Club.