CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The death of a prominent figure in the local nonprofit world has left a community grieving.
Sixty-three-year-old Howard Pape died on Feb. 28.
He co-founded the nonprofit Building Goodness Foundation in 1999. The organization helped rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The organization has led hundreds of trips overseas, doing work in the Caribbean, Central America and East Africa in addition to local projects around Charlottesville.
Kelly Eplee worked closely with Pape at Building Goodness. He says Pape was an inspiration to hundreds of people and was driven to serve the less fortunate.
"He was a restless do-gooder," said Eplee. "He had high core values of excellence and believed that people's lives could be improved through service. He brought people into that experience with his personality."
A funeral service for Pape was held Thursday. Donations can be made to Building Goodness or Live Arts in his memory.