James F. Cawley – So. Burlington

James F. Cawley, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at his home in South Burlington.  James (Jim) was born in Somerville, Mass. on March 11, 1931 to James P. and Anna (Conway) Cawley.  He was raised in Brighton and graduated from Boston College High School in 1948. Jim attended Maryknoll Seminary and received his bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1952.  Jim met and married Joan Marie Ardini in September 1954. That same year Jim took his first job teaching at Stoughton Elementary.  Jim received his Masters in Education from Boston College in 1955. In 1957 Jim and Joan moved to Northfield where Jim began working as a history teacher and guidance counselor at Northfield High School. From 1961 to 1963, he worked as the Director of Guidance for the State of Vermont. In the fall of 1963, Jim was named Director of Guidance of the newly formed Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg.  In 1975, he was honored to be the first recipient and namesake of the “James F. Cawley Vermont School Counselor Award.”  Jim worked at CVU for 29 years before retiring in 1993.  In retirement, Jim volunteered with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and Meals on Wheels, among others.  Jim organized the CVU retired teachers group from 1993 until reluctantly stepping down due to illness in February of 2012.  A longtime resident of Charlotte, Jim was a 49-year member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, serving in many capacities. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and opera.  Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 58 years, their children, Ed and his wife Kathy (Colchester), Tom and his wife Mary Pat (Shelburne), Jon and his wife Paula (Amherst, N.Y.), Lisa (Louisville Ky.), Laura and her partner Matt (Shelburne); eight grandchildren Stephany, Ashley, Justin, Jordan, Matthew, Hannah, Patrick and Elise; a great granddaughter Natalie; and an “adopted” grandson Cole.  Jim is also survived by his brother John Cawley (Hanover, N.H.), sister Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ (Boston, M.A.), aunt Ann Rafferty (Topsfield, Mass.), several cousins, nieces and nephews. A Mass celebrating Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Charlotte, with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be sent to Maryknoll Sisters P.O. Box 312, Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545-0312, or the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf 228 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington Vt. 05401.  Visiting hours will be held on Friday Feb. 22 from 4-7 pm at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel 261 Shelburne Road in Burlington.

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