Barbara Capone

Barbara Marie Capone, 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 at her residence in Pensacola, Florida. She was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in July 1931, the daughter of Nora (Lee) and John F. Manning, who immigrated from Connemara, Ireland. Barbara met Phillip Capone on a ski train returning from North Conway, New Hampshire when Phil was in the U.S. Coast Guard out of Boston. They were married on July 31, 1954 in Lynn. They spent the next 65 years together, moving around from Syracuse, Saranac Lake, Glens Falls, Warrensburg and settled in a farmhouse in Ray Brook in 1962.

Barb was a devoted wife, loving mother, and always ready to lend a hand. She provided a warm welcome to anyone who entered the “Scarface Inn” and cherished spending time with family, with a special affinity for young children. Barb had a knack for bringing a room to tears of laughter during family gatherings. She would get feisty if you got her Irish up. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, reading and crossword puzzles. She raised five children and was known for “ringing the dinner bell” to summon the kids home. She was often running a shuttle to get her children to school sports and activities.

Barb attended business training in Boston after high school. She was employed as bookkeeper for Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake Placid for 17 years. She also volunteered at the information desk at Adirondack Medical Center and was a member of Catholic Daughters of St. Bernard’s Church.

She was predeceased by her parents, siblings Marion, Kay and Sonny, and her husband Phil. She is survived by her daughters, Anne Sanborn (Lamont) of Pensacola, Florida and Cathy Bennett (Curt) of Chisago City, Minnesota; sons, Paul Capone (Sue) of Vermontville; Dan Capone (Kim) of Williamston, Michigan; Matt Capone (Laurene) of Loxahatchee, Florida; grandchildren, Tom, Graham, and Brian Sanborn, Casey and Bridget Bennett, and Nate, Nick, Shayne, Samantha, Ben, Monica, Logan and Payton Capone; three great grandkids and 14 nieces and nephews. Barb was the matriarch of the Capone family and was a pillar of strength. Her big heart and good nature earned her praise from friends and family.

A graveside service in Saranac Lake will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, friends and family can make a memorial contribution to Saranac Lake Adult Center, 136 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983.