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1St. Sgt. Peter J. Capoccia, US Army (Ret), 66.

AUBURN - Peter J. Capoccia, 66, of Central Street, died Thursday, August 8, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

He leaves his wife of 25 years, Martha J. (Martin) Capoccia; his three children, Marlo and Lance Capoccia, and Robert Stonebarger Jr.; his daughter-in-law Leah Stonebarger, and his grandson Bruce Stonebarger. Mr. Capoccia was born and raised in Leominster, MA, the son of the late Victor and Theresa (Pothier) Capoccia. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army, where he honorably served his country for 20 years. After leaving the military Mr. Capoccia worked for another twenty-four years, retiring from full time work in 2009 (due to his illness) from Patriots Environmental Inc. of Worcester, where he worked as a job estimator and also in sales. He continued to work on a part time basis, permanently retiring in 2012.

A dedicated husband and father, who spent all of his time with his family, guiding and training up in the knowledge of the Lord, teaching his children to respect and honor God, family, and country. Mr. Capoccia was an extremely hard working man, not only did he work a full time job, he also planted two small churches, one at Spring Valley Rehabilitation/Convalescent Home, Chatham Street, Worcester, MA, where he preached for seven years (December 1999 - October 2007), and at 110 Main Street, Webster, MA (Church of Christ, Webster) where he also preached for seven years (May 2003 - June 2010). Mr. Capoccia was committed to the Lord, his family and his country. He was a man who fervently served the Lord, his dedication to God, family, and hard work made him a man to admire and emulate.

Mr. Capoccia had accomplished much during his service in the army. He served three tours in the Republic of Vietnam, suffering injuries and earning a Purple Heart (1967). He entered jump school in 1966 and earned his Paratrooper Wings, serving in the173rd Airborne Brigade. He also completed Special Forces Training in 1969. In 1971 he attended Recruiting School and was awarded Top Recruiter four times over a three year period. In 1979 he entered the Drill Sargent Academy and served as a Drill Sargent at Ft. Benning, GA. He was then promoted to Master Sargent (E-8) in 1980, and then served as the ROTC Senior Enlisted Instructor at Cornell University in New York from 1980 - 1983. He then attended the 1st Sargent Course and in 1983 was selected to serve as 1st Sargent at Ft. Dix, New Jersey where he retired in August 1985

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, August 12th from 10 AM to 12 Noon in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. A funeral service will follow at 12 Noon. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. To leave a message of condolence for the family or view the Book of Memories, please visit

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Title Annotation:OBITUARIES
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Aug 11, 2013
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