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JAMES F. CAWLEY - SOUTH 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 Sept. 1954. That same year Jim took his first job teaching at Stoughton Elementary. Jim received his Master's 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, Jim 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 Feb. 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 birdwatching, gardening and opera. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 58 years; their children, Ed and his wife, Kathy, of Colchester, Tom and his wife, Mary Pat, of Shelburne, Jon and his wife, Paula, of Amherst, N.Y., Lisa of Louisville, Ky., and Laura and her partner, Matt, of 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 of Hanover, N.H.; sister, Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ, of Boston, Mass.; aunt, Ann Rafferty of Topsfield, Mass.; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. Frank Landry and the caregivers of Home Instead, VNA Hospice and Allenwood for their comfort and support in Jim's last days. A Mass celebrating Jim's life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Charlotte, with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolences to the family, please visit In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory may be sent to Maryknoll Sisters P.O. Box 312, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0312; or the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, 228 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 19, 2013
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