Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Holy Moses!

"Brookline woman, 64, killed in Medford crash; police say teen driver was under influence of drugs" by Michael Levenson and Jerome Campbell Globe Staff  April 30, 2018

Judy Moses described her work as a calling. A realtor since 1986, she took pride in mentoring others, especially women, as a past president of the Women’s Council of Realtors and an owner of Pathway Home Realty Group in Newton.

The driver, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was charged Monday in Cambridge Juvenile Court with operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, operating to endanger, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors did not disclose what drug the driver was found to be using, saying that is part of an ongoing investigation.

Moses was a native Bostonian who lived in Brookline with her husband of 21 years, Charles Capace, and three dogs. She was an accomplished and well-known realtor and a strong supporter of women’s causes and animal welfare, said Michelle Quinn, a colleague at Pathway Home Realty.

“We’re all in such shock,” Quinn said. “She’s just an amazing woman. She knows everybody. Everybody loves her.”

Moses had just held a fund-raiser Friday for two local animal shelters, Quinn said.

“She was all about making her clients’ lives better, which is really what realtors are supposed to be doing,” Quinn said. “She was the real deal.”

Moses initially worked as a travel agent but felt she wasn’t being sufficiently challenged, so she worked nights and weekends to make the switch to real estate in the 1980s, according to an article about her career that ran in Banker & Tradesmen in 2007, the year she was chosen to lead the Women’s Council of Realtors.

“I didn’t make money at first but I’m very persistent once I make up my mind,” Moses told the publication, describing herself as a self-motivated businesswoman.

Capace stood outside his home Monday and pointed to the window of the bedroom where Moses began her business almost 15 years ago.

“She was a woman that couldn’t be stopped and the energy coming out of her office energized the whole house,” he said. She went on to become a savvy realtor, with the best information on the market, neighbors said.

Her husband said she had changed him the most.

“In every way possible that you could make a person better, she did that for me,” said Capace. “I don’t know what I’ll do without her.”

Earlier Monday, Phyllis Schacht, a family friend, recalled Moses as generous.

“I have known Charlie and Judy for many years and can tell you that Judy was a wonderful person who was loved by everyone who knew her,” she wrote. “She enjoyed mentoring, not only other businesswomen but also as a ‘Big Sister’ in the Big Brother-Big Sister organization. She was a loving ‘mother’ to three dogs. Her family and her many, many friends miss her terribly.”

Moses was also a member of the Brookline Rotary Club, the organization wrote in a tribute to Moses on Facebook.

“She will be remembered for her big heart, dedication to literacy, love of animals, and so much more . . . ” the Rotary Club said.