NIAGARA FALLS —
Nathan W. Capton, Sr., 80, of Niagara Falls, NY, left the company of those he loved on Sunday, February 19, 2012. Born on March 23, 1931, on the Six Nation Indian Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, a member of the Lower Cayuga Nation, Turtle Clan, he was the eldest son of the late Ethel Martin.
Nate, as he was known by family and friends, came to Niagara Falls, NY, as a child. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1948. Nate joined the United States Air Force on December 12, 1949, serving in the combat zone setting up advanced communications for advancing United States troops, during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on December 11, 1953, at the rank of Staff Sergeant. While serving, Nate was awarded the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Following his discharge, he worked with John Morris in the television and early electronics business before joining Pat Dowell and later became Service Manager at W.H. Owens, Royal Typewriter Franchise, from 1955-1972. In 1972, Nate started his own company, Nate's Typewriter Emporium; later known as Nate's Typewriters & Computers. He "retired" in 2006, but his expertise in the art of repairing office equipment was utilized until the very end. Nate was the best typewriter serviceman in the area for 51 years.
A member of East Side Businessmen's Association, Nate sponsored several bowling leagues in the city. As a longtime member of the LaSalle Yacht Club, he served two years as Social Chairman and served as a member of the Board of Directors.
Nate enjoyed bowling with the boys, golfing, spending time on his boat with his wife, woodworking, camping with his grandchildren and fishing at his leisure. His expertise in electronics and fixing things for friends and family will be sorely missed. Nate was a talented woodworker and gave many beautiful gifts through his creativity.
Nate is survived by his wife and loving companion of 33 years, Patricia K. Capton of Niagara Falls, NY; his children, Nathan W. (Linda) Capton, Jr. of Niagara Falls, NY, Michael L. (Carol) Capton of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, Natalie (Kasey) Surrounded of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, Bernadette Leadingfox of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, William (Susan) Capton, Sr. of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation and Sander Capton of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and one step-daughter, Linda Romero of Lincolnton, NC. He is also survived by his siblings, Audrey (late Marshall) Joseph of Niagara Falls, NY, Samuel (Patricia) Martin of Taneytown, MD, Lois Webb of Niagara Falls, NY and his baby brother, Gerald (Susan) Martin of Niagara Falls, NY; 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. "Grandpa Jaws" will be lovingly remembered by his special grandchildren, Nicole (Marcos) Marques of Potomac, MD, Jessica (Andrew Forgette) Capton of Niagara Falls, NY, Kimberly (Matthew) Van Mater of Reston, VA, Rebecca Capton of Niagara Falls, NY and William Capton, Jr., Faith Capton, Gabriel Capton and Ezekiel Capton, all of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. Survivors also include Nate's sisters-in-law, Linda Nye of Niagara Falls, NY and Noreen Smith of Niagara Falls, NY; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Barry and Barb Joyce, Joseph Ditto and his faithful dog, Radar. He was predeceased by his step-children, Dr. Willow Woodward and Robert Woodward.
The family will be present to receive friends on Wednesday from 4-8 PM in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (297-9007), where a funeral service, concluding with military honors, will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 11:00 AM. Following the funeral service, the family wishes to invite all family and friends to a memorial gathering at Holy Family Parish on Chew Road, in Sanborn, NY, on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094; or to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.
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