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OBITUARY

Andre Stephan Capi MD

June 29, 1923May 11, 2020

Andrè Stephan Capi, MD (“Andy”) passed away in his home, peacefully on May 11, 2020. Devoted to his wife, Sherrill, they enjoyed over 60 years of love together, and built a beautiful home where they raised 3 generations of family. Andy was the father of 5, Bonnie (deceased), Donald, Robert, Wendy and Andrè Jr.; Grandfather of 7, Nicole, Jeanette, Adam, Austin, Anna, Shauna and Donald Jr.; and Great Grandfather of of 4, Tristyn, Gabriella, Paulie and Travis (and 2 on the way). Before passing at 96, Andy lived a full and meaningful life.

Andy was born in New York, NY to John and Leoni Kapidaghlis. A promising mind at a young age, he entered Cornell University at 16. Following his graduation from Cornell Medical College and his service with the Navy, in 1952, Andy came to Ft. Lauderdale, where he started a successful career in radiology, opening 3 radiology offices while serving as chief of staff at a number of S. Florida hospitals. A pioneer in medical radiation treatments for cancer, Andy saved countless lives over his 70 years practicing.

A fabulous dancer, excellent musician, animal lover, social bridge player, world traveler, and an avid sports enthusiast, Andy spent over 40 summers with family and friends at their vacation home in the Algarve, Portugal, and much of his free time on the tennis courts. When he wasn’t playing, he umpired professional tournaments for top seeded players like Connors, McEnroe and Borg. Also a tried and true Dolphins’ fan and an original member of the 100 Club, Andy rooted for his team from his season seats rain or shine. But, of all his successes and experiences, it was his family that he treasured most.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Symphony of the Americas (https://symphonyoftheamericas.org/support-the-symphony/general-donations.html) or Cornell (https://giving.cornell.edu/).

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Shari Lynn

May 19, 2020

I had the honor of knowing Dr. Capi for the last 25 years. He was a kind, generous, caring, versitile, intellectual man. Upon moving into The Landings, he and Sherrill opened their incredibly interesting home to my family. I found it fascinating how many hobbies they both had. Their relationship, and devotion to family, was a living lesson. My heart & prayers go out to the family. I will greatly miss Dr. Capi and am thankful he passed peacefully at home, with family by his side.

Debi (Morris)Wohlrab

May 17, 2020

Wendy, Bobby and Family, you are in our prayers. Your Dad was always friendly and kind when I visited your house. Hope you are all doing well.

May God comfort you in these difficult times.

Paul and Debi Wohlrab

SUSAN HAYES

May 16, 2020

Sherrill and family,
I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your beloved Andy. It was such a pleasure to sit next to you at the Symphony concerts with Russell. I will certainly miss seeing his smiling face when they resume next year, and I'll always remember the good laugh we had when the four of us went out to dinner after one of the afternoon events, and the fun parties you hosted in your home.
May your many years of wonderful memories give you comfort in this time of sorrow. With my condolences,
Susan Hayes

John & Lynn Merlet

May 16, 2020

My uncle, my dad's "brother", the memories abound. Half of my growing up summers were spent in the house on the corner, of the intracoastal water way. I have already been missing the days gone by. All our love, memories, and family are evolving into our next generations. Thank you Uncle Andy for blazing the trail.

HAROLD Wiggins

May 16, 2020

This message is for the entire Capi family who, as a child made me feel so welcome and like a part of the family while my mother(Lois) was employed by you.
It's been many years since that time but I'll always remember how devoted Dr Capi was to his family and what a great role model he was and will always be.
Love you all.
Harold

Donald Capi

May 15, 2020

In 1952 Dr. Andre’ S. Capi came to South Florida to start a
career in radiology that spanned seventy of his ninety-six years.
Pioneering medical radiation treatments for cancer, he gave hope
and care to those frightened and alone suffering from this life-
threatening disease. Andre’ took great pride in his profession
and carried himself with an assured confidence and quiet grace.
Dr. Capi was held in respect by all who had the good fortune to
meet him. He saved lives and will always be remembered by his
patients and their families.
An avid sports enthusiast, Andre’ spent much of his free
time on the tennis courts, then in later years around the courts
by becoming an official for professional tournaments in the US.
He umpired for the top seated players, Connors, McEnroe, Borg,
Becker, Evert, Navratilova, and all, during the golden years of
tennis. Some of the greatest still remember the cool tempered
unarguable fairness of his calls from the umpire’s chair.
Football was another passion. Dr. Capi was a tried and true
Dolphins fan. An original member of the 100 Club, rain or shine,
Andre’ rooted for his home team from his season seats on the
second tier just beneath the overhang in the south east corner of
the stadium. At times his umpire skills would call out an
opinion. His judgment was always fair and almost always right.
Andre’, devoted to his wife Sherrill for over sixty years of
love together, built a home to raise three generations of family.
His home, their home, spacious, open, warm, welcoming,
stands in symbol of his quiet emotions. Always a kind host and
gracious hostess, the two celebrated life with family and friends
throughout the years.
Father of 5: Bonnie, Donald, Robert, Wendy, and
Andre’ Jr.
Grandfather of 7: Nichole, Jeanette, Adam, Austin, Anna,
Shawna, and Donald Jr.
Great Grandfather of 4: Tristen, Gabby, Paulie,
Travis, and (2 on the way)
He is at peace.

Donald Capi

May 15, 2020

In 1952 Dr. Andre S. Capi came to South Florida to start a
career in radiology that spanned seventy of his ninety-six years.
Pioneering medical radiation treatments for cancer, he gave hope
and care to those frightened and alone suffering from this life-
threatening disease. Andre took great pride in his profession
and carried himself with an assured confidence and quiet grace.
Dr. Capi was held in respect by all who had the good fortune to
meet him. He saved lives and will always be remembered by his
patients and their families.
An avid sports enthusiast, Andre spent much of his free
time on the tennis courts, then in later years around the courts
by becoming an official for professional tournaments in the US.
He umpired for the top seated players, Connors, McEnroe, Borg,
Becker, Evert, Navratilova, and all, during tennis's golden years. Some of the greatest still remember the cool tempered
unarguable fairness of his calls from the umpire’s chair.
Football was another passion. Dr. Capi was a tried and true
Dolphins fan. An original member of the 100 Club, rain or shine,
Andre rooted for his home team from his season seats on the
second tier just beneath the overhang in the south east corner of
the stadium. At times his umpire skills would call out an
opinion. His judgment was always fair and almost always right.
Andre, devoted to his wife Sherrill for over sixty years of
love together, built a home to raise three generations of family.
His home, their home, spacious, open, warm, welcoming,
stands in symbol of his quiet emotions. Always a kind host and
gracious hostess, the two celebrated life with family and friends
throughout the years.
Father of 5: Bonnie, Donald, Robert, Wendy, and
Andre Jr.
Grandfather of 7: Nichole, Jeanette, Adam, Austin, Anna,
Shawna, and Donald Jr.
Great Grandfather of 4: Tristen, Gabby, Paulie,
Travis, and (2 more on the way)
He is at peace.

Nancy Horowitz

May 15, 2020

I met Andre 42 years ago. In the world of tennis officiating. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him and be trained by him and spend much Time with him during events. A true professional in so many ways and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to know him meet him and work with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and thank you for sharing him with us. Take care.

Pamela Capi

May 15, 2020

Andre was visual man. As a youngster his father built big colorful kites which Dad and son would fly and watch them ascend high into the blue sky. John built a telescope, and together they would look at the stars on clear nights as Dad taught his little boy about the constellations. Always looking up, watching intently, learning more. Later as a physician, Andre would use this keen, practiced vision to diagnose patients and to save lives.
Andre projected confidence as a physician. His deep authoritative voice and careful explanations guided patients and gave them hope. At times he was physician to his own family members as well. He will always be cherished by his oldest son Donald and his daughter-in-law Pam for intervening to prevent an operation that would have made it impossible for Pam to bear a child. Dr. Capi’s direction to the right conservative specialist, Dr. Philip Caruso,
was the key to helping them conceive their only son, Donnie Jr. (Delightfully, this is the grandson that inherited his grandfather’s voice and talent at the piano!)
At family gatherings Dr. Capi was not talkative, or holding court. Instead he was always behind the camera, preserving the day in photos. He would often gather everyone after dinner for a group picture by the water. He moved us closer together to get into the shot. He was always checking the light. True, he would greet us and say goodbye with a little embrace, but mostly he hugged us with his camera.
And so now he leaves us with those pictures. And we see ourselves through his eyes, those finest of eyes. frozen moments in time. Moments captured with his love, attention, and admiration.
We will miss his looking at us through the lens, and reminding us to smile.
Let us learn from Andre with the gift of keen vision:
To be quiet,
To focus, to see what is really there hiding in plain sight
And that dedication will determine just what is the best light
To show us what we need to do.
With Love
Pamela

Dr. Bob Conti

May 15, 2020

Jane and I extend our deepest condolences to Sherrill and the entire Capi family. As a fellow radiologist I first met Andy when I was a resident at Jackson Memorial hospital in the late 50's. Andy was a member of the Greater Miami Radiological Society , and he would frequently bring interesting cases to our meetings. Later when I joined the Radiology staff at Holy Cross, we met once more and we attended meetings together.
More recently we were fellow associates in our local Out of the Loop group of 12 , meeting monthly and enjoying our retired relationships. We will all miss him greatly at our future meetings.
Our deepest love and sympathy to Sherrill.

FROM THE FAMILY

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