Esther and Thomas Capone. A brick at the Saranac Laboratory has been dedicated in the name of Thomas and Esther Capone by their sons, Phil and Mark Capone. Born: May 6, 1893

Died: January 16, 1970

Married: Esther Sullivan

Children: Phillip, Mark

Thomas Arthur Gaetano Archangelo Capone was the oldest of six children (Thomas, Nellie, Rose, John, Joe, Belle). He was born to Felice and Maria Carmella Dapolito Capone in Rocca Ste. Felice (St. Phillip's Rock), Italy, a small village located in the middle of the "boot," approximately 60 miles east of Naples. The family emigrated to the USA when Thomas, the only child born in Italy, was three years old. They settled in Clyde, New York, located halfway between Syracuse and Rochester. Thomas operated a smoke shop, and played coronet in a band in Syracuse, when he was diagnosed with TB and entered the Ray Brook State Sanatorium in 1925.

Tom and Esther met at the Ray Brook San and when discharged in the late 1920s they lived in Saranac Lake. Their first son, Phillip, was born in 1930 and Mark was born in 1934. Thomas Capone worked in Saranac Lake in the grocery business, at Passino's Grocery on Broadway (near the firehouse) and was manager of the A&P, also on Broadway at that time. Esther was a homemaker and worked part-time as a typist and stenographer for people in the Saranac Lake area, at the Santanoni apartments on Church Street. She also worked part-time for Russian Ambassador Davies at the Post Camp, Reverend Gurley, a well-liked Presbytarian minister, and the Bernstein family on Riverside Drive. In 1941, they purchased a retail liquor store in Syracuse. Esther and the boys left Saranac Lake at the end of the school semester in 1942 to join Tom in Syracuse.

Phillip, who worked as a forester for DEC, and his wife Barbara returned to Saranac Lake in 1954 for about a year, then moved to Warrensburg New York and returned to Saranac Lake/Ray Brook in 1962. They raised five children in Saranac Lake. Phillip and Barbara still reside in Ray Brook.