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