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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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DANTE L. CAPAS

August 24, 1927 to April 2, 2014

Dante, 86, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Renee of 64 years, sons: Douglas (Flo, Daniel), Raymond, Jeffrey (Kathy) and Bradley (Mary) and grandchildren: Ryan (Julie), Jillian, Mallory, Michaella and great-grandchild, Benjamin.

Born in New York to a proud immigrant Italian family, Dante served in the Korean War. He was awarded an appointment to West Point - which he declined in order to start a family and pursue business interests. Dante operated a Wall Street brokerage firm before purchasing the Two Friends Bar and moving his family to Key West in 1967.

During the next 46 years he transformed the Two Friends into a 250 seat landmark restaurant and bar. He settled into retirement after the recent sale of the business.

Dante led an accomplished life with a passion for sailing, "The Inferno" and flying his Beechcraft Baron. He sailed extensively throughout the Caribbean and raced from Key West to Cuba in the late 70's. As a private pilot, Dante flew numerous humanitarian missions over the Florida Straits searching for stranded Cuban rafters. These volunteer efforts contributed to the rescue of several hundred people. Dante was a kind and generous man. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The Capas family would like to thank the Lower Keys Memorial Hospital, Island Home Care and the Cleveland Clinic of Weston for the diligent care and kindness they provided Dante during his illness.

There will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Florida Keys.