JOHNSON--Hayden Fae. It is with the greatest sorrow that we commemorate the passing of our dear daughter, Hayden Fae Capowki Johnson, of Northampton, MA, from an accidental overdose on June 10, 2020. She was 26 years old. Hayden was a beloved and cherished daughter, step-daughter, sister, and granddaughter. She is survived by her mother and step-father Julie and Tom McAleavey, her father and step-mother Jay Johnson and Alaiyo Bradshaw, her siblings Alberta and Jack McAleavey, grandparents Robert and Winifred Capowski, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Hayden grew up and attended schools in Brooklyn, NY and Cranford, NJ. She earned an Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences from Landmark College in Putney, Vermont in 2014. Hayden worked in the restaurant industry as a server and cook. Hayden had an effervescent and adventurous spirit. Her independent nature took her far and wide. After graduating from high school she took a gap year in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, where she worked in community development and on service projects, learned about and lived with indigenous peoples and explored the natural world, mountain climbing and scuba diving. Later, she received training at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Quebec. She had experiential learning in sled dog care and received her certification in wilderness survival and rescue. Hayden was known for her deep empathy and had a great capacity for understanding people. She had a great many friends who will treasure the memory of her attentiveness, humor and loving support. Hayden was imaginative and creative, expressing herself through many art forms. She loved writing, dance and song. She was an articulate and insightful writer, known especially for her poetry for which she won awards. Spoken word and song performance were her raison- d'etre. Hayden loved nature, whether in the mountains, the woods or at the ocean. It renewed her spirit, connected her with loved ones and offered her a sense of peace. Her family asks that donations be made to The Nature Conservancy so that her memory can be embodied in the natural places that they preserve. We honor her life by embracing her values: live joyfully with flair and humor, treat others with loving kindness and compassion and see beauty above us, below us and all around us. Hayden, you are always in our hearts
Published in New York Times on Jun. 10, 2021.