James R. Cacabelos
James Rabina Cacabelos shared his love and boundless joy with his family, friends, and colleagues. Jim died on July 25, 2017 at the age of 58, due to a brain aneurysm.
Jim was born in Seattle and lived there his entire life. He graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1977 and continued his academic career at the University of Washington (UW) where he graduated with a B.A. in Zoology in 1984.
As a UW football season-ticket holder since 1976, the Tyee Club member decorated his work offices with memorabilia, facilitated office bets, and was the first to begin trash talk among family and friends between UW and WSU fans before every Apple Cup.
After his undergraduate studies, Jim embarked on a long and successful career within the Seattle-area tourism and hospitality industry, finally as Regional Sales Manager for Pineapple Hospitality. Throughout 30 years and countless encounters with colleagues and guests, “JC” was known both for his jovial perspective and his knack for creating genuine relationships. He won multiple awards for his success in the industry, including the National Supplier of the Year award for the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) in 1997.
It did not matter who he was with or where he was, Jim always made those around him smile. For over 15 years, he was a devoted music minister to the Catholic Church as a choir pianist at St. Anthony Parish in Renton.
While he was a gift to several organizations and companies, he was even more of a blessing to his family. Jim is survived by his wife of 33 years, Beverly, and his children Courtney, Kevin, and Caroline. His belief in God, the good of humanity, and the power of positivity found permanent homes in all of the lives he has touched.
“Experience life,” wrote Cacabelos in a letter to his son. “Go forward and do not be afraid, because you know God is behind you always.”
A viewing will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. Paul Church at 10001 57th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98178.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at St. Edward Church at 4212 S. Mead Street, Seattle WA 98118.