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Brian David Cabral

1961 - 2014 WILLIAMSTOWN Brian David Cabral, 52, of Williamstown, beloved husband of Alexandra (Alix) E. Cabral, passed away peacefully at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield on Jan. 8, 2014. Born in Middleboro on Oct. 15, 1961, Brian was the fourth child of John P. and Christine A. (nee Burke) Cabral. A 1983 graduate of Harvard, Brian studied behavioral psychology with B.F. Skinner and Richard Herrnstein. An entreprenurial mindset and a passion for technology led him to help establish Information Foundation, a computer consulting firm. From 1985 to 1994, Brian expanded the firm to over 100 programmers working on software projects for multiple Fortune 500 companies. During this same period, he wrote and co-authored numerous courses and articles for computer professionals. In 1994, Brian left Information Foundation and moved to Maui to pursue another passion, writing. He met his future wife, Alix, there in 1995, and they moved to Williamstown in 1997. Over the years, Brian was involved in various computer software start-ups, including Skillview, Tecado and Kaivo, often jokingly calling himself a serial entrepreneur. He recently entered the insurance industry as co-founder of CFB Partners, a wealth management company located in Williamstown. Brian will be remembered by all who knew him as wickedly funny, possessing a lightning fast wit and the ability to turn a phrase. He was also a wonderful teacher, with the ability to discuss complex ideas in understandable terms which endeared him to many young people who valued the way he treated them as equals. A vegetarian for over 15 years, he couldn't stand to see any living creature mistreated and was in awe of the natural world. Combined with a lifelong love of travel, this took Brian to such farflung destinations as Tanzania, Argentina, Japan, Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand as well as across the United States and Europe. His favorite adventure was spending three days in the Mahale Mountains of Tanzania, observing chimpanzees in the wild. He also enjoyed playing tennis and platform tennis and walking his adored dog, Bonnie Belle. Brian served on the boards of the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Williamstown Film Festival, both organizations close to his heart. As a passionate supporter of the Berkshire Humane Society, he worked to raise the money to pay off their mortgage and spent the past year reaching out to potential donors. In addition he built their website, acted as volunteer webmaster, and with Alix, co-founded The Humane Race and the Leaders of the Pack Membership Program which together have so far raised over $600,000. Brian is survived by his wife; his mother, Christine; brothers, Rick, John and Jeff Cabral, and sisters, Joyce Cabral-Hennessey and Cindy Donaldson. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service to celebrate the life of Brian Cabral will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. Burial will be private. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brian D. Cabral Memorial Fund at the Berkshire Humane Society (www.BerkshireHumane.org), 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201, (413) 447-7878. To send a card or message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 14, 2014
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