James K. Kapp
1961 - 2021
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James Kevin "Kapper" Kapp, 59, of Monroeville, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Jim leaves behind his amazing wife of 29 years, Kathy (Harman) Kapp, and his wonderful children, Dillon (Amanda), Kelly (Brandon Miller) and Ricki. Jim is also survived by his brother, Bernard (Lee) Kapp, and his sister, Terry (Ron) Miller, along with nieces, nephews and his entire ski family. He was preceded in death by his sister, Janet (late Peter James) Gottardi, and his brother, Kenneth B. Kapp. Jim was an East Allegheny Wildcat (swimming and diving) and a Michigan State University Spartan. Jim taught hundreds of children and adults to swim and dive through the American Red Cross' after school learn-to-swim program, first at Woodland Hills High School, then at Gateway High School. Also, as a water safety instructor and a water safety instructor teacher, he taught other swim coaches at the University of Pittsburgh Aquatic School. Jim was the adventurous type. He enjoyed SCUBA diving (being a PADI master diver), sky diving, mountain biking and aggressive road bicycling. Jim pedaled his bicycle 150 miles from Pittsburgh to Erie for 12 consecutive years for the MS Society, raising funds to combat that neuromuscular disease. Jim's profession was as an ophthalmic technician, specializing in electrophysiology, and he also was an optician. Over his career, he was employed with Jones-Kapp and Joyce, the Chang Eye Group, UPMC Eye Center and 360 Care. Jim also was employed for more than 30 years by Seven Springs Mountain Resort. He was a professional ski instructor who had attained high levels of certification through the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He attained Level 3 Alpine, Level 3 Telemark, Level 1 Snowboard and he was Master Teacher certified. Jim resurrected the Western PA Ski Council, and its 17 ski clubs, from dormancy and served as its president and as a representative for several ski clubs. He is a life member and past president/social director of the Westmoreland Ski Club. He most recently has been the treasurer for the Appalachian Telemark Association and produced for over 15 years, the two-day ski festival known as Telepalooza. Jim also taught both Snowshoeing and Wildlife Tracking Through Snow at Community College of Allegheny County. Jim was a longtime volunteer and board member for the non-profit 501 (3), Trail Pittsburgh organization and was one of the Boyce Park stewards. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Jim will be laid to rest in Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Professional Ski Instructors Association Education Fund in the name of Jim Kapp. The contribution can be sent to PSIA-E, 5 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203.

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Published in Tribune Review on Feb. 23, 2021.
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March 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss
I new Jim for a brief period
In that short period I learned alot
Theresa Buckley
February 24, 2021
I met Kapper in 1985. He was the first person to welcome me into Westmoreland Ski Club. I have many fond memories of going on bus trips, Western trips, and skiing at Seven Springs with him. I cannot express how much his light will be missed, but it will continue to shine on through others whose lives he has touched. Thoughts and prayers go out to you Kathy and the children and the entire Kapp family.
Cindy L Blair
February 24, 2021
So sad. I have fond memories of ski trips with Kapper - Stowe, Mad River Glenn, Killington, Jay Peak, Sugarloaf and especially the good times at Seven Springs. He is now in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest in peace Kapper. I extend my deepest thoughts and sympathy
Ron Holt
February 24, 2021
We cannot begin to say how sorry we are for the loss of the great man in your lives. Husband, Father and Friend. We had such a connection to all of you throughout the years. Casey especially has particular members of learning how to skil and mountain bike. Of course, we always loved Dylan on vacation with us. We are here for you and completely understand the difficulties you are facing at this time. Love, Kathy,Casey & Cara Kern
Kern Family
February 23, 2021
So sorry for your loss, my heart aches for your family
Rose Lucarelli Duda
February 23, 2021
My sincerest condolences to the Kapp family.
Dom Palmieri
February 22, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with this fine man. He was atrrific human being. Prayers to the Kapp family.
william mcclements
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