Robert (Bobby) Capozzo was born on July 6, 1947, in Rome, Italy, and immigrated to the United States and settled with his parents in Martinez, California in 1954. Over the years he grew to love his new country and all that America stood for. He graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1973 with a degree in architecture, and although his jobs in the ensuing years were in many fields, from sales to design in many different forms, Robert brought ingenuity and inventiveness to every task he undertook. Robert loved ideas and inventions, and was always coming up with a better way of doing things. In 1981 he met his wife, Terri Lynn, and they were married in 1985 after a long, romantic courtship, and began a happy life together. In 2000 Robert and Terri Lynn discovered the beauty of North Idaho and moved to their Garwood home in 2004. Robert quickly became an Idahoan and loved going to church, Friday night auctions, the Coeur d’Alene Fourth of July parade and fireworks, concerts in the park, and enjoying time at the lake, watching the boats and feeding the birds (especially the seagulls) at Independence Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. After his cancer diagnosis, he found strength and friendship through being a part of the cancer support group at Kootenai Medical Center, and they became an important part of his cancer journey. His illness gave him a real compassion for those around him facing physical challenges, and he would often stop strangers on the street who had an obvious physical illness to give them a word of encouragement.
Although pancreatic cancer claimed Robert’s physical body, his spirit lives on, both in heaven and in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.
Written by Terri Capozzo