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Port Chester Native, Design Director Capeci Dies

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — Amid Roland Capeci Jr., a native of Port Chester, died Feb. 28, surrounded by family, after a battle with melanoma. He was 50.

A prominent designer who worked for several national publications, Capeci worked most recently as design director of Entertainment Weekly .

He was born in Port Chester on June 21, 1961, to Anne Moores Capeci and the late Amid Roland Capeci Sr. A 1979 graduate of Port Chester High School, Capeci went on to receive a bachelor's in graphic design from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 1983.

Capeci's work was featured in such magazines as Newsweek and Esquire as well as Rolling Stone , where he directed the magazine's 1000th issue celebration and commissioned 100 portraits of "The Immortals of Rock and Roll." While at Newsweek , he crafted the aesthetic of historic national news events, such as the 2000 presidential elections and the Sept. 11 attacks.

A board member of the Society of Publication Designers, Capeci was recognized for his work by the Communication Arts Illustration and Photography, American Illustration, American Photography and Society of Publication Designers. Most recently of Pelham Manor, he enjoyed photography and movies and spent time instilling an appreciation of the highs and lows of pop culture with his wife, a fellow magazine director, and family.

"We had been working on a slideshow of photographs and decided to watch it this evening," Capeci's wife, Amy Conway, wrote to friends. "With the computer at the foot of the bed and us gathered around Amid, we watched the pictures, laughing and crying as we described them to him." He passed away later that evening.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Amy Beth Conway; his children, Luca David and Virginia Elizabeth; his mother, Anne; his sisters, Claire Capeci Sucre and Vira Capeci Mikolasko of New York City and Carol Capeci Cossart of Wayland, Mass.; as well as several brothers-in-law, his mother-in-law and extended family.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m.  Friday at Craft Memorial Home in Port Chester. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Church in New York City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center , P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087.

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