John Capri was born and raised in Queens, New York and spent the past 50+ years in Glen Head, Old Brookville, and recently Garden City. Married to Sandra in 1957, they have a son Steven, a daughter Michele and five grandchildren: Christopher, Alexandra, Andrew, Jillian and Jonathan. John was President of Construction by Design Corporation and Capri Construction Management Corporation, both design/build firms specializing in commercial construction, engineering and construction management with offices in Happauage and Glen Cove.
John joined the Glen Head Rotary Club in 1972 and held all club positions before he was President in 1978-79. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and John was a "Major Donor" of the Rotary Foundation. John was Rotary District 7250's District Governor in 2001-2002 and helped raise over $600,000 for the victims of 9/11. The Town of Oyster Bay and the City of Glen Cove have bestowed citations on John for his work in the community.
John was an active member of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Roslyn and was President of their school board. An avid pilot, John owned his own plane and was a member of the Fellowship of the Flying Rotarians, a group of 2,500 flying Rotarians around the world who donate their time, funds and aircraft to transport patients, medical supplies, and transplant organs when needed. Several years ago, he flew a Gift of Life child to Rome, New York for life-saving surgery and enjoyed taking Gift of Life children for plane rides around New York City.
John joined the Gift of Life Board in the late 1980s and was President of Gift of Life in 1998-1999. He was nominated to the Chairman's position several years later. In 2007, John was presented with a $100,000 check from a friend who wanted the funds to be used to benefit children in this country. After looking at several options, John determined that these funds could be the catalyst for developing a building for challenged and handicapped children. The vehicle would be The Anchor Program where over 1,000 children and young adults have need for a recreation building. Through ROtary and with The Anchor Parents Group, they have raised over one million dollars to date. This fundraising inspired the Town of Hempstead to provide six million dollars to build the building and make the dream come true. John had been involved for the past six years in helping not only to fundraise, but also to design and manage the project.
John will be greatly missed by the entire Gift of Life community and by everyone whose lives were touched by his good works.