James Caparosa

james caparosa

September 21, 1954 ~ January 22, 2023

James Louis Caparosa, 68, passed away suddenly on January 22, 2023 with his loving wife Radmila Caparosa by his side. James was born September 21, 1954 and grew up in Ozone Park, NY. He was the loving son to the late Joseph and Francesca Caparosa. He was a graduate of John Adams High School and York College in NY. After graduating he had a very long and successful career in the hat industry.

He was blessed and forever thankful to have the gift of spending his final years with his wife Radmila Caparosa. They spent their time always surrounded by family & friends with great laughter, love, and a zest for life. They enjoyed traveling and simply sharing time together.

He was a beloved father to James (Amanda), Nicholas, and Jeremiah Caparosa. His time was spent supporting them and he could be found at the baseball field, basketball court, front row at a concert venue or simply side by side singing together. He leaves them with his everlasting love.

Besides being with his family and friends, he enjoyed following the NY Yankees and playing golf. His true passion in life, however, was always music. He played bass guitar, harmonica and was the lead singer in a few bands. Music filled his soul and brought him great joy. Later in life he was able to share the love with his son (Jeremiah) and two grandsons (James and Joey) Many memories were had of them playing the bongos and singing karaoke together.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife Radmila Caparosa, his sons; James (Amanda), Nicholas and Jeremiah Caparosa. Grandchildren James Henry and Joseph Allen, who affectionately referred to him as “Popsy” Brothers; Joe (Elaine), John Caparosa, Sister; Fran Caparosa. His niece, nephews, cousins and countless friends will also remember him fondly.

“May your hands always be swift. May you have a strong foundation. When the winds of change shift, May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung. And may you stay, Forever young.” – Bob Dylan

To celebrate James’ life, friends may call on January 28th from 3-6pm at Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Directors – 327 Main St. Ft. Lee, NJ. 07024

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to www.savethemusic.org


Memorial Visiting: January 28, 2023 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. As a kid I would love when Jimmy would come over because he would always play baseball with us in the backyard. My favorite memory was of him hitting the ball so hard it hit the neighbors house and all of us laughing and running away because we thought we’d get in trouble for breaking their window.

  2. Jim was a hatter. I remember Jim from his days working with Jack Singer at International Hats. He was a great salesman and called on my hat store. Later we wound up working wholesale together for Dorfman-Pacific Headwear. Jim was always a hard worker that enjoyed his job and always had something positive to say. I recall his passion for music and great Italian food.
    Our most difficult day was 9/11. We were on the 71st floor of the EmpireState Building along with Leslie Correa. Witnessing that terrible morning bonded us like no other experience. Every September 11th we called each other to recall our experiences.
    I will miss Jim and our continuing friendship. Rest in Peace.

  3. Sweet Baby James Gone too soon but you will always be in our hearts which live forever! Part of our special Ozone Park Family! On Angels Wings Love You

  4. It is with heartfelt sadness that we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Jim.
    It feels like we have lost a family member from our close-knit NY showroom family.
    Jim was loved by everyone who met him.
    He had a great sartorial style which was always topped off with a cap or hat. Jim had a passion for music, nice wine and a total passion for hats.
    Jim didn’t need yoga classes, as he was always calm, cool and collected. Jim was a stress free zone and customers loved it.
    We are forever grateful for our time together at Dorfman and the personal gift of his friendship.
    So now, like the phoenix of old, break free of your bodily armor and fly high. Look down on us your friends, as we mourn your untimely departure.

    John, Leslie and Sara.

  5. We have known James since the 70’s, from International Hat, Ed’s West, Korber Manf & Dorfman. We have had social engagements that were always wonderful. We will miss him

  6. To the Caparosa family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    We are so sorry for your loss of such a great father, friend and musician.

    Ellen and Neil Wood

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