William T. Capobianco, 89, of Vosenkill Rd., Catskill passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. He was born in Catskill, a son of the late Joseph and Teresa Fiola Capobianco. After high school, Bill founded “Chinchilla of Catskill” in 1949. He enlisted in the US Army and served in Korea. He was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart Medal. He also received the Korean Service Medal with 2 bronze service star and a Combat Infantry Badge. He belonged to the DAV and his name was enrolled in the Purple Heart museum
Bill returned to Catskill in 1953 and his business flourished. The Catskill Ranch soon became one of the best known and respected in the world for its garments and breeding stock. Bill became a popular international show judge and was a director and vice president of the National Breeders Assoc. On May 6, 1966 Bill married Margaret Klingelhoeffer. For a number of years Bill and Peggy spent time in St. Augustine, FL. Loving husband of Margaret Capobianco, father of Dolce Capobianco-Baldwin and her husband Nicholas of Catskill and Marlies Capobianco at home; brother of Joseph Capobianco of Catskill and the late Mario, Anthony, Rudolph, Emma, Gloria Elvira and Louise. Many nieces and nephews survive.
A graveside committal with military honors will be conducted on Wednesday at 12:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Anthony Friary, POB 487, Catskill, NY 12414 or the Disabled American Veterans.