They lost their Superman that day

09/11/2011 7:44 AM |

J. Christopher Cappers

In college they called the tall and handsome athlete “Clark Kent,” whom they thought he resembled.

And James Christopher Cappers loved taking his athleticism into the great outdoors, where he often went water skiing, hiking and camping with friends and with his wife, Kathleen Vieira.

Mr. Cappers was an assistant vice president and private client broker with Marsh & McLennan, a financial services firm. The father of two boys worked on the 94th floor in the north tower of the World Trade Center when his life was cut short on Sept. 11, 2001.

“He was always there if you needed him,” Steven Vaughn, who had been friends with Mr. Cappers since the sixth grade, said this week. “It doesn’t matter where he was or what he was doing. You’d give him a call and he’d be there at the drop of a hat.”

Mr. Cappers was 33 when he was killed. He was living in Wading River with his family.

He grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in finance from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where he played rugby and lacrosse, according to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger.

Now, friends are flooded with memories of Mr. Cappers as the 10th anniversary of the day he was killed nears.

“It’s one of those times of year where it’s solemn,” Mr. Vaughn said. “It doesn’t get easier. It brings memories back.”

“You hang on to the good, positive thoughts,” he added, “and you move on.”

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