10/25/2018 Celebration of Life Event - William "Cappy" Cappella
Celebration of Life for William "Cappy" Cappella
Date: Sunday November 11th
Garibaldi Club - 36 Castle Street, North Plymouth
Come share stories and Good Ti
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The long and short of it is that life has been kind to me. And when it has not been, all the good that has come my way is what that has sustained me. Upon graduating from PCHS and in pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine, I attended UMASS where I learned in the first week that was unlikely. I instead learned perseverance and tenacity. I then had the good fortune and privilege of attending Cornell University where I was both humbled and inspired by my classmates and the incredible faculty. While at Cornell, I met my wife, Elissa, and we have been married now for thirty years. We have two children – Nathan who graduated from UVM this spring with a PhD in physical therapy and a daughter Sarah who is a senior at Boston College.
Early in my life away from Plymouth and in sharing experiences with new acquaintances, I came to truly appreciate my childhood experiences and friends in Plymouth. Plymouth changed though and so much of what I cherished was lost by the time I graduated from Cornell, Although not necessarily the best choice for our careers, Elissa and I then chose to settle in southern Maine which in many ways is like the Plymouth we all grew up in. We have now been here for been here twenty nine years. I initially joined a veterinary practice and then went on to start my own and am now in my twenty fourth year - twenty three of which I provided medical and surgical services to dogs, cats , horses and farm animals and the last six years dogs and cats only. Although, I never intended to work so many hours, soon every dog, cat, horse, cow, farm animal was my patient and for twenty three years I with associates worked 24/7 providing regular and emergency care – essentially living the James Herriot legend. Elissa was incredibly tolerant to allow me to do so. She and our children accepted it and got use to my sudden departure from dinners, gatherings and their school sporting events. However, it became increasingly difficult to hire associates both interested and competent in all the species we cared for whereupon I terminated my large animal services. In informing my large animal clients, I told them that I was saddened and did not believe I would have entered the profession if I could have envisioned that I would not be able to service the needs of the farming community.
Southern Maine continues to be a good choice – it is still rural but changing rapidly, the beach is nearby, and the mountains, and remote areas are only a several hour drive. I still find great pleasure in a swim in the ocean on a hot summer day and then in winter in anticipation of a good snow storm and some frigid days. In more recent years, I have had the good fortune of sharing some free time pursuing my passions here in Maine with high school friends from Plymouth. There are also a surprising number of people from Plymouth living in Maine. I initially found it hard to grasp that yes this is our fortieth reunion. But we are where we are and I sincerely look forward to visiting with you all.
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