James Cafferkey, Age :48

Sep 29,1970---Aug 07,2019
James Cafferkey passed away surrounded by family on August 7, 2019, after a brave and valiant fight with melanoma.  He was born on September 29, 1970 in Cambridge, England, immigrated to America in 1981 with his mum and brothers, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1988.   James graduated from Highland High School in 1989 and spent four years serving his country as a pharmacy tech in the U.S. Navy.  James was a beautiful free spirit who had a remarkable love for life and, despite his illness, never missed an opportunity to be outside surrounded by great friends and family.  James had a passion for cycling, camping and snowboarding and never let his illness keep him from fully embracing life, he was truly thankful for each and every day.  He was dearly loved by his family and countless number of friends who will miss his humor, kind loving heart, and determined spirit.  James is survived by his parents, Sheila and Lex, and his brothers Paul, Daniel and Joseph.  Services will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday August 30, 2019 at 9:00.  
Arrangements entrusted to:
Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque
225 San Mateo Blvd. NE
(505) 764-9663

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Larissa Messier Aug 10 ,2019

Friend from Highland High ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

So incredibly sad & shocking to hear of his passing. My prayers for your family.

Marlene Zagar Aug 10 ,2019

Family friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Joe and family we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers now and in the days ahead!

Steve Halama Aug 11 ,2019

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I met James at the dog park in Ventana Ranch. What a terrific guy.

Tracey Sulzberger (Welch) Aug 11 ,2019

Former classmate ,Quad Cities ,Iowa

I’m so sorry to hear this. He was such a nice guy. I remember his great smile from high school. My thoughts are with his family.

Jacqueline Kakos Aug 13 ,2019

Highland Highschool ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My prayers and condolences to the family. I knew James as fun-loving person whom I know will be sorely missed by many.

Catie Aug 15 ,2019

My sincerest thoughts are with you guys. It's never easy to say goodbye, especially to someone so full of love and life. <3 My thoughts are with you.

Katrina May Lopez Aug 15 ,2019

Fellow graduate HHS 1989 ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one.

Deborah Denton Aug 15 ,2019

Highland High ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

So sorry to hear of a fellow Highland High Alumni going to soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. James and I were in the same graduation class and I remember him always smiling.

Julie Pettitt Aug 16 ,2019

UNMH colleague ,North Little Rock ,Arkansas

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. James was a joy to know and work with.

Jenna M. Aug 19 ,2019

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of James. May the God of all comfort provide your family with strength during this very difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Bryan Angst Aug 20 ,2019

Friend ,Phoenix ,Arizona

Brother James, So many awesome merories I don't know where to begin. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. You will be missed but I know the Lord will keep you safe until we meet again. Blessed for knowing you all these years. Respects my Brother, Bryan Angst

Bridget Cafferkey Aug 23 ,2019

Life long friends ,Cambridge U.k

Thinking of you all .Thaughts and prayers are with you all .May James rest in eternal peace until we meet again my friend x

Adela Barela Aug 23 ,2019

Former coworker at UNMH ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

May God comfort you in you in this time of great loss. James was a real sweetheart and gentleman. I will always remember him for the great person he was. I celebrate his life and that I was privileged to know him.

Rochelle Aug 23 ,2019

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I was so sorry to hear of his illness, such a sweet gentleman, always smiling and happy. I was blessed to have crossed paths with him. Blessings to his family.

Beverly Aug 31 ,2019

Cycling friend ,Rio Rancho

I am so heartbroken to hear about James. I am blessed for opportunity to ride with James. James had a childlike love for adventure. He was always the leader, racing cars, yet he always took care of everyone riding with us. James was always a gentleman, kind, compassionate & friendly ❤️ He will never be forgotten ❤️🙏🏼 My condolences to his family ❤️🙏🏼 Until we meet again friend❤️🙏🏼 Rest In peace James❤️🙏🏼

John Boynton Sep 06 ,2019

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

James was a really good dude. I just wish I hiked Santa Fe ski area with him and skied down it like a total badass. Rest In Peace and I will never forget you! You make me realize things about my own life and make me a better person. I will see you in heaven my brother!