Brent Caplan, Alexandria businessman, civic leader, dies at 54

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - He was a man who loved life, his family and the people of Alexandria. Businessman Brent Caplan has died after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 54.

Brent Caplan was a businessman in Alexandria since 1991. He died Wednesday at age 54 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. (Photo: Kramer Funeral Home)

Family members shared that news on Facebook Wednesday. Caplan was born in Alexandria in 1964. He grew up here and attended Bolton High School before heading to LSU. He returned to Alexandria in 1991 to join his family's retail clothing business where he would spend the rest of his career.

Caplan served on a number of boards, was a member of the Downtown Lions Club and committed himself to better the community.

He is survived by his wife, Stacey, and two sons, as well as his parents, his brothers and many friends. Among them is Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy who said of his friend, "Brent was one of my closest friends and I'm still processing his loss. He had a love affair with life and friends and wit—he was whip-smart and could make a pun out of any moment worthy of publication. But, perhaps most importantly, he was a great father, son, brother, husband, and counselor."

Funeral services for Caplan will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the sanctuary of the Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim at 2021 Turner St. in Alexandria. Rabbi Raina Siroty will officiate with Rabbi Emeritus Arnold Task assisting. A graveside service will follow at the Jewish Cemetery, Main Street, Pineville, under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home. Visitation will resume from noon until the time of service on Sunday at the Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim.

The family requests memorials can be made to the Endowment Fund Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim, 2021 Turner St., Alexandria, LA 71301.

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