In Memoriam: Robert S. Caporale


Robert S. “Bob” Caporale passed away on the weekend of September 3. Best known in the industry as longtime editor of ELEVATOR WORLD, Caporale was an industry leader who hailed from the Bronx and began his lifelong career in New York City (NYC) in 1964 as a draftsman at the engineering firm of Jaros Baum & Bolles. There, he advanced to the position of associate and was the principal designer, field engineer and inspector on some of the world’s largest vertical-transportation and materials-handling projects, including the original World Trade Center in NYC and the Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago. In 1990, he joined DTM Elevator Consulting and Drafting Services, where he was director of engineering. In 1991, he joined Syska and Hennessy Engineers as vice president and director of the Transport System Group, where he continued to manage numerous elevator and escalator installation and modernization projects throughout the U.S. He began working for Elevator World, Inc. in 1993 as associate editor. He was appointed editor in 1997, a post he held until March 2014, when he retired and was given the honor of editor emeritus. Never one for idleness, he continued to work, operating his own firm RSC Consulting; serving as editor of the NAESA International newsletter Progress; joining the team of forensic analysts and technical experts at Unified Investigations and Sciences, Inc.; and working with magazine/online news source High Rise Facilities as part of its editorial staff. Caporale is survived by wife, Terri; sons, Anthony and Robert “Bobby”; a grandson and a granddaughter. His family asked that, in lieu of flowers, cards or donations, he be remembered simply with love and laughter, which he considered to be the greatest gifts.

Condolences have poured in from across the industry. Feel free to leave a comment of your own below.

I worked along side Bob at JB&B as a draftsman from 1981 until he left the company. He was a great mentor and teacher who was never too busy to answer a question. He was also a good friend whom I kept in contact with thru-out the years. He will be missed by many.” — Ronnie Carter

“Very sad to hear this, may his soul rest in peace.” Shalabh Nagar


“Mr. Caporale lives with us in his great book.” — Matthew Li


“The industry has lost a great talent. My sympathies go to his family and friends for losing Bob at too young an age.” — John Koshak


“Great friend and colleague. His presence will greatly missed.” — John Antona


“Bob and I were friends for over 50 years, we both started in the early 1960’s and remained in contact until a few weeks ago, great guy, great intellect and a dear, dear man. May he rest in peace.” — Patrick Carr


“A great advocate for the industry as well as a very nice guy.” — Colin Craney 


A great friend for more years than I can count and a big loss to the industry. I will miss you Bob.” — Edward A. Donoghue 


“A great friend and supporter of the IAEE. I’ll miss you Bob.” — Ami Lustig


“Robert was a good friend and true leader in the elevator industry and his presence will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family and loved ones.” — Michael Fagan


“His impact will last forever on the elevator industry.” — Michael Ryan


“I’ll miss our conversations, you were a great Editor and I’m truly blessed to have called you my friend. RIP Bob.” — Matt Jackson

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