Brattleboro - Jim Cappy passed on in the presence of his wife Annette Cappy and their children and grandchildren on January 18, 2019.
Throughout his years in Brattleboro, Jim was fiercely dedicated to his work in Human Services and his belief that each person can heal, grow, and contribute. With his first wife Karen Christensen, Jim ran Twelve Clark Avenue, an innovative family-based foster home for young women. For two decades, Jim was a counselor for the Vermont Department of Human Welfare and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, advocating for families in need and the rights of the disabled. He was commended for his work by Governor Howard Dean. Jim started his own company, the Human Factor, counseling the employees of local companies and organizations including Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Jim was deeply committed to justice. As a Syracuse University student in the 1960s, he fought for peace and equality, joining the march on Selma, registering African American voters in Mississippi, and protesting against the war in Vietnam. A lifelong Democrat, he was an active participant in one-on-one debate and in demanding a more just and caring government.
Jim’s strongest commitment, though, was always to family. Jim was born in Auburn, NY on November 17, 1943, the son of Carleton and Marguerite (Burtless) Cappy. Raised in nearby Homer with his siblings Sharon, Nelson, and Paul, Jim took on many of his father’s responsibilities at the age of 11 when his father passed. A collection of family and friends brought him to Brattleboro and nearby Green River where he raised his children Sean and Kirsten Cappy. When he married Annette Leblanc Cappy, their family combined to include Annette’s children Bob Ethier and Jackie Ethier Brady. Jim’s biggest joys were the marriages of his children and watching his grandchildren Christopher James, Hazel, Elena, Iris, Ben, Madel, Virginia, and Steve grow.
An avid talker and storyteller, Jim’s final days were spent recounting family memories, debating politics, and making everyone around him laugh and remember.
Donations can be made in Jim’s honor to the Southern Poverty Law Center at http://bit.ly/JimCappy. A public memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 31st at 1:00 PM at The Stone Church at 210 Main Street in Brattleboro.