HAYDEN JOHNSON
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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


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Published in New York Times on Jun. 10, 2021.
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June 21, 2021
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
June 16, 2021
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Deep forest pools
bursts of birdsong sparkle
on the skin of
yawning springrippling in widening, whispered
dimples

-Hayden Johnson
Julie McAleavey
Family
June 12, 2021
We'd always hang out together at family functions. Kindred Souls. wish we'd had a chance to play some music together. Lots and lots of love!
declan sleeper
Family
June 11, 2021
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June 11, 2021
Hayden's beautiful spirit is reflected in all she loved.
Beth Conard
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June 11, 2021
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June 11, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Sharon Batson-Guerra
Family
June 11, 2021
Thinking of sweet Hayden today. Wishing love and comfort to the family.
Maggie Sherwood
June 10, 2021
Your loving spirit is with us always, Hayden.
McAleavey Family
Family
June 10, 2021
Hayden treasured her friendships, whether she made them as a child or just recently.
Jay Johnson
Family
June 10, 2021
Hayden was and always will be one of my closest friends now and forever, rest in glory.
Kirsten K
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