John Capousis

March 1, 2018

CHARLOTTE - John Capousis, 76, died on March 1, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Syracuse, NY on December 3, 1941 to William and Fota Capousis. He leaves his wife just shy of 53 years; Sandra Sayer Capousis, his sons Bill Capousis and his fiancé Cynthia Delahaye, and Gavin Capousis, of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by his four grandchildren; Sydney Capousis Bolin and her husband Ryan, Jonah Capousis, Zella Capousis and Sayer Capousis; and a brother Nicholas Capousis and his wife Heidi of Annapolis, MD. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother Stavros of Syracuse, NY.

 John had a great personal and professional life that touched so many. He joined the US Navy in the early 1960s and was assigned to a special project called the SOSUS Program based on the island of Bermuda. This is where John met the love of his life, Sandra. SOSUS, also known as the “secret weapon”, enabled US forces during the Cold War to keep a close track of all potentially hostile submarines in the deep water regions off of the coast of the United States. Following his time in the US Navy, John joined IBM and worked there for over twenty years. He worked on many projects over the years including robotics and was based in Endicott, NY and Manassas, VA before finally settling in Charlotte, NC. After IBM, John opened a deli and bakery which included a side business of being one of the first Uptown Charlotte food street vendors. He had one of the best spots in Uptown Charlotte at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets. People will always remember him in the Uptown area as “John C’s Hot Dogs”. He loved it and people loved him. There weren’t many things that John couldn’t do; he worked in the food service division of CMS at Elizabeth Lane Elementary, and most recently worked at Harris-Teeter.

John Capousis had a wonderful life and will be missed by many family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, March 9, 2018 at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church with burial following at Forest Lawn East. The family will greet friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM prior to the funeral.

Memorials may be made to St. Nektarios Church, 5108 Kuykendall Road, Charlotte, NC, 28270.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Betsy Kinslow

    Sandy, Bill, Gavin and family....our hearts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. I'll always remember how Steve met John....over an SU coffee mug! From there, a friendship started over SU sports and then leading us to meet the rest of the family and another start of a friendship with Bill. And of course, we could never forget John C's Hot Dogs!!! Thank you for the sweet memories. Prayers for strength, comfort and peace for all of you. Much love always, Betsy and Steve

  • Lane Bolin

    Much of our lives are filled with people that cross our paths, and in some fortunate cases a connection that leaves a lasting impression. For me it’s you John Capousis, I am thankful to have known you although for such a short time, but a lasting memory I will carry. Thank you John for your kindness and for always making me feel welcome in your home. I will not forget.

  • Vicky Speno

    John was a great friend, dad, husband and brother. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Tim Rhodes

    Hi Bill. It’s been several years since our paths have crossed. I want to extend my sympathies to you and your family for the loss of your father. I was sad to read his obituary in the paper and doing so brought back memories of the times we used to referee basketball games together.
    If / when you have time in the future please feel free to reach out. I’d love to catch up with you over a cup of coffee.
    I see your daughter is now married. Boy does time go by fast.
    Tim Rhodes

  • Steven Bahouth

    My deepest condolences to the Capousis family.

    I can remember meeting John on a few occasions, picnics, weddings and such. He always had a kind word and was jovial.

    Sincerely, Steven Bahouth

  • Dn Stephen Potter

    John, May you now honor our Creator and God with the wonderful smile that you blessed us all with on this side of Eternity. God willing... I look forward to seeing you again on the other side. There may be bit of the Syracuse "Orange" in Heaven to talk about.. and maybe some room for the Kentucky Blue. Let's promise to both ask God how in the world did He ever see fit to put Syracuse in the ACC. I can't wait..

    Thank you for making me smile at coffee hour whenever we talked. You will be missed here.

    God bless you, Sandra and your family always now and forever.

    Dn Stephen

  • Barbara Tzivani Benham

    My cousin John always had a strong, loving hug and big smile for me every time I had the blessing to reunite with him at our annual big fat Greek family reunions. God Bless you, son of Fota, grandson of Dimitra and Stavros. You are now in heaven with your beloved grandparents, parents, brother, and ten aunts and uncles. Uncle Harry may pass by you on your journeys to heaven, only to help St. Peter open the celestial doors to your eternal peace and loving light. Those of you who know Uncle Harry and his love of opening doors to sanctuary of the spirit will understand this "inside" and loving flight of imagination and faith.

  • Anastacia Politis Aragon

    A great man and a great cousin. I will cherish all of our memories. Love you ♥️ May your memory be Eternal ??

  • Gerald Joseph Ratchford

    Capousis Family-Rita and I knew John in Endicott, NY and both worked Little League with our boys. I knew John at IBM in Charlotte and at John C's Hot Dogs. We were good friends and I always enjoyed his company. He was a good man and we remember his passing, May he rest in peace.


    Dear Gavin and family. You are all in my thoights and prayers.

    Sean Knight

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