James P. Capellupo

James P. Capellupo

February 22, 1943 – November 29, 2020


Preceded in death by parents, Peter and Yolanda Capellupo and sister, Toni Blazevich.

Survived by wife, Gaye Lynne Capellupo; daughters, Nicholle Sandmeier (Josh) and Kristen Preston (PJ); and son, Bradley Capellupo (Tara); grandchildren: Makenzie, Landon, Mayah and Chelsea; beloved dog, Bentley; siblings, John and Richard Capellupo; many nieces and nephews.

People who knew Jim referenced him by “Cappy.”  He was known for his bar, Cappy’s 49r and restaurant, La Cucina Italiana.  His Italian sausage was an all-time favorite to everyone.  He was an active member of the Omaha Sports club for decades, enjoying volleyball, bowling and golf.  Whether traveling to the Caribbean, Hawaii or Europe, the most cherished vacations were the family ski trips.

He will be remembered for his infectious smile and laugh.  To many in our family he was known as “Uncle Jimmy” even though he was a cousin to most.  His imprint is forever left with so many people.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Thursday, December 3rd from 4pm to 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday December 4th at 10am, both at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (2110 S 32nd Ave.)  INTERMENT: Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of the Mass, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.




  • Gary & Jodi Roberts Posted December 1, 2020 12:22 pm

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Gay and the Capellupo family. Jim was a great guy with a huge heart and laugh that what even bigger !! Spent many nights at the 49er with him and the “gang”. Even our wedding night! Great times, great memories. RIP Friend.

  • Renee’ (Weber) Payton Posted December 2, 2020 7:47 am

    My thoughts and prayers also are with the entire Capellupo family. Even though it has been years, I have so many great memories of Cappy. I bar tended for him at the “49r”, he taught me how to play shuffleboard and I met so many great friends through him. I will always remember you as a part of my life I will never forget. RIP.

  • Marla Larmon Posted December 2, 2020 8:15 am

    John, Rich and Capellupo family, My thoughts and prayers for your loss. May you find comfort in days ahead.

  • wendy welch Posted December 2, 2020 9:42 am

    My condolences to the entire Capellupo family.
    Crappy was one of my favorite people.
    When I was born our families lived on the same street and then moved a few blocks away.
    Later in life friends and family we all went to Cappys 49er. I was there the night of his closing.
    I also worked for him cleaning offices for a few years.
    He always gave great advice, he was fun and again I will miss his smile laugh and friendship.
    Wendy (Feige) Welch

  • Gerianne Jensen Posted December 2, 2020 10:17 am

    Gaye,Nikki, Kristen, and Brad: Sending love and prayers to your family. Will always remember the Friday nights and years bowling in Sports Club!

  • Mike Reece & Mary Wees Posted December 2, 2020 11:33 am

    Gaye and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim was a great guy and will be sorely missed. We can imagine Jim and Mikey Miller sharing a bottle of wine, smiling down on us.

  • Timothy White Posted December 2, 2020 2:46 pm

    RIP Cappy!!! One of the greats of the Omaha Sports Club!!!

  • Cindee and Bruce Hansen Posted December 3, 2020 5:46 am

    My heart breaks for you all. He meant so much to many! I have so many memories at the lake all the years I was a single Mom and how Jim treated us and everyone who came like family. He was such a great person and I’ve had so much respect for him. I’ll cherish those memories! Gaye and family, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Bruce and I are thinking of you!

  • Judy A. Buono Posted December 3, 2020 8:23 am

    Gaye, John, Rich and Families – I am so very sorry for your loss. He was such a kind fellow, family man, quick with a smile and laughter. Lots of great memories at the A.I.H.S. Club and La Festa. God Bless and be with you during this most difficult time. He will always live within your hearts through your fondest memories of him. In Christian Love and Deepest Sympathy — Judy Buono

  • Chuck and Karen Mumma Posted December 3, 2020 10:03 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Gaye and her family. We enjoyed going to the Golden Gloves with you two and many nights at the 49er. Jim was one of the nicest guys we have ever associated with. God Bless

  • Joseph Dizona (Jimmy) Posted December 3, 2020 2:21 pm

    Our family lived across the alley from the Capellupo family in the 1950’s and 60’s, many popcorn and cool-aid parties and more fond memories than I can count. My heart goes out to the family and his many friends. Rest in peace and God Bless.

  • Angela Cook Posted December 3, 2020 8:37 pm

    My sincere condolences to you all. You have all been so special to me and Jimmy was such a great man. He will be dearly missed. Miss you all and sending you prayers for peace, and hugs for comfort. Angela Cook

  • Deb Davidson Posted December 4, 2020 8:48 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I will always have memories of OSC and especially bowing. Jim will be missed.

  • Sue Erickson Posted December 4, 2020 9:30 pm

    Gaye I’m so sorry for the loss of Jim. He was always so nice when we ate at his restaurant downtown. My favorite was his Chicken Piccata . As others have said he was very nice and funny. My condolences to your kids too. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Our deepest sympathies . Sue Erickson

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