BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The day after Mary Capozzi passed away, News 4 SeniorCorrespondent Rich Newberg spoke with Al Capozzi, Mary's son. Maryis remembered for being her son Anthony's greatest supporter, afterbeing falsely convicted of two rapes in Delaware Park.
Al remembered his mother's strongest characteristics, "Herstrength, her conviction, and her faith, and her sense of familyand community. I just really do believe my mom was a wonderfulperson. I think if there is one word to describe my mom, it's just'wonderful.'"
"She was the matriarch of our family, and it's going to bereally difficult without her," Al explained. "She really pulled ourfamily together, and ya know, we'll stay strong, and we'll staytogether, but it's really strange and hard without her. It's goingto be very difficult on my dad, especially."
After Al's brother Anthony was falsely convicted of rape, hismother Mary always believed in him. "I think her faith played amajor role in him getting out, and I think that's what she gave toAnthony. It was the prayer, and the love, and the motherly lovethat he needed to see him through all those years, to let him knowthat she believed in him, and that she was praying for him and shewas always going to be there for him. She was his biggest supportand she left all the legal aspects to the rest of us to deal, andshe dealt with all the faith."
Al was asked, "Remember the kiss and hug your mother gave toAnthony outside the church on Easter day?"
"It's very difficult for me to see those things right now, causeI remember her so lively...it's very tough," Al answered, "I can'teven watch anything with my mom right now.
All Mary Capozzi wanted, was her family to be together again."It was never about the money. She doesn't care about that stuff,just wanted to see my brother live a good life, the life that heshould have lived, and she just wanted us to be a family, shedoesn't care about the money. She would never take another (family)picture until we were all together, and that picture still standsright in her livingroom, and that's where she sat in her last days.Her chair faced that picture. "
Al described that day his mother learned Anthony would be a freeman, "I was there. I was at my sister's house when she knew that hewas going to be a free man. To see her face, I really do believethat her heart stayed strong up until that point, and then she...Ithink her heart couldn't take it any longer, but she was just happyto know that he was free, and that he was going to come home. Ijust remember that day, all of us kissing and crying. That really,I think was one of the best days of her life...moments of herlife.
Mary's son Al believes she left a legacy, "Just think she left alegacy of, you don't have to be a scientist, or somebody realbright to really play a significant role in other people's life. Ijust think through her simple love and devotion and non-elfishness,I think she's touched peoples' life and she showed people a renewedsense of their faith, and that through praying and through justlove, things can come true...and just really, she, I don't know,there's not one person who doesn't have respect for my mom."
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