Thomas Mac Capan N. CAROLINA -- Thomas Mac Capan, 87, died Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center in Wilmington, N.C. following a lengthy illness. He was born June 9, 1929 in Barberton, Ohio to Michael and Esther (Cardis) Capan. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mijee Lee (Perrine) Capan. Also surviving are his two daughters, Christine Sue (Gary) Novak of New Bern, N.C. and Susan Marie Capan and companion CJ Weasner of Columbus, Ohio; one grandson, Adam (Sarah) Novak of Boone, N.C.; one granddaughter, Emilie (Keith) Brey of Stedman, N.C.; and two great-grandsons, William and Henry. Those who preceded him in death were his beloved son, Joel Walker Capan and favorite uncle, Americus Cardis. In his early years, Mr. Capan graduated from Clinton High School and went on to earn a Bachelor's of Education Degree from Wooster College (1952) and received a Master's Degree from East Texas State University. He began his lifelong passion for teaching in the Norton School District as a science and chemistry teacher and completed his career at Wayne County Joint vocational School as an Administrator. He took pride in his ability to teach, lead and direct students toward their future in life and business. Retirement to Wilmington, N.C. allowed him to continue to be an avid golfer and fisherman near the beach with new friends and family. He loved to grow a garden with tall tomato plants and feed the wildlife at his bird feeders. He was an avid reader, and volunteered many hours at the New Hanover County Library. A gathering to celebrate his life will take place in the Spring at the beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, 1406 Physician's Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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