Jim Capstick -

Obituary of Jim Capstick -

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After a lifetime of adventures, Jim (Thomas James) Capstick of Dingwall, Cape Breton Island, passed away on June 6, 2023, at Halifax, Nova Scotia at age 73. Born in Neil’s Harbour, Cape Breton, he was the son of James Edmund Capstick and Marie Anastasia (Kanary) Capstick. Jim lives on through the daughters he shares with Elaine Capstick; Heather (Stewart) Yule of Dartmouth, Holly (John) Capstick Stevens and Kimberly Capstick of Moncton; and the siblings, relatives and friends who shared in the moments of his life. He will always be remembered as “G-Pa” by his five grandchildren Ruby, Laina, Jazlyn, Cohen and Clara. Special mention to his tuxedo cat Noni who provided him with much love and comfort during the pandemic. Jim loved to explore and venture out on road trips. He especially loved country roads, canoe routes and hiking trails, particularly throughout the Cape Breton Highlands and North of Smokey. In earlier years, he lived and travelled extensively in the Maritimes through work with Kmart, in multiple managerial positions, all the way to head office in Ontario. Jim worked hard, turning challenges into opportunities, including managing retail operations for Zellers. He even came out of retirement to manage the Bay St. Lawrence Co-op. Jim travelled across most of Canada, visiting friends and family. Much love and laughter were shared from BC (with Holly for back-road mountain camping) to NS (with Heather, Stew and family in Kejimkujik National Park for hikes and paddles) and beyond. He survived a lightning strike atop Peak Tenerife in Aspy Bay and was chased by a moose or two in his lifetime! In retirement, alongside dear friends, he fulfilled a dream of driving across the US to California, including a visit to the Grand Canyon. And yes, he dipped his toes in the Pacific! Jim loved a good feed of local lobster, crab or BBQ with friends and family, and thought nothing tasted better than a cold beer on a hot beach! He enjoyed concerts around Dingwall and Cape North, especially if the Barra MacNeils were playing. Being in the backfield, forest and shore of beautiful Capstick brought him joy. Jim will be remembered for his great sense of humour, quick wit, competitive nature, and love of adventure. He adored the warm sun so much; his family will forever think of him when it shines. There will be no service, cremation has taken place. Memorial donations are welcomed to the Cabot Trail Lions Club, Hospice Halifax, Diabetes Canada – Nova Scotia, and Kidney Foundation of Canada - Nova Scotia. Special thank you to staff providing home care, and at Buchanan Memorial Hospital in Neil’s Harbour, the dialysis and 4A teams at Cape Breton Regional Hospital including Dr. Saneea Abboud, and Hospice Halifax for making Dad’s final days the best possible. Your care is greatly appreciated. Please share memories and condolences with the family online.