Owner of legendary Roxy’s Music, Rose Caccamise, passed away

Roses have been placed in the doorway of Roxy’s Music on West Main Street in memory of owner Rose Marie Caccamise, who passed away June 5.

There was no formal obituary released to the local media. Attempts to get more information about her death and the future of Roxy’s Music Store have been unsuccessful.

She was 80 years old.

Roxy’s Music was founded in Batavia in 1934 by her parents, renowned accordionist Roxy Caccamise and his wife Nellie. Rose took over the business in the 1960s, eventually moving it from 331 W. Main St., Batavia, to the Genesee Country Mall, and eventually to its present location at 228 W. Main St.

The legendary store was a magnet for area musicians — and accordionists from around the world — for decades. Hundreds of local musicians took lessons at Roxy’s over the years.

Caccamise was also an accomplished athlete. She finished fourth in 1956 for the Melbourne Olympics in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.5. She was among the first inductees in 2002 in the Batavia High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Rose Caccamise, center, with her parents in an undated photo, Nellie Caccamise and Roxy Caccamise.

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