5 condolences: students to teachers

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A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~Henry Brooks Adams

As children, we spend almost as much time with our teachers as we do with our parents. It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us have vivid memories of our teachers that stick with us years later. We might not always remember the definition of a polynomial or the exports of Luxembourg, but we remember the way a good teacher inspired us and influenced us. We remember the time they spent helping us get a difficult lesson just right, and the way they shaped our lives.

When a teacher passes away, former students often flock to read and sign their Guest Book, making teachers’ Guest Books among the most popular on our site. This week, we share 5 of the thousands of condolence messages we’ve received for beloved teachers:

  1. My deepest sympathy to the Innerst family. I was a student of his way back in 1970-1971 at Leib Elementary. He was the greatest teacher I ever had. He had a passion for the students that shined brightly and made you want to be the best student you could be. I also remember that he helped my mom get started with her love of the Iris and his pride when showing us his prized garden. He was certainly a special person and I am a better person for having known him. May God bless and keep you in peace as you mourn your loss. Mr. Innerst will always hold a special place in my heart. [Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch]
  2. I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Clark. She was absolutely the best teacher I ever had and I was fortunate to have her in both Jr High and High School. Some of my fondest memories from school include the times I spent in her classes. Her passion to teach was matched only by her compassion for her students. She taught us Romeo and Juliet and Tale of Two Cities, but she also taught us important lessons that prepared us for life after high school. I will truly miss her! [Published in Star-Telegram]
  3. I was saddened to hear of the passing of my favorite teacher, Miss Rokitka. I can still remember her love of Robert Redford, Kermit the Frog and writing with a ruler! She was an amazing influence in my life and such a wonderful, amazing teacher that I am now telling my kids (aged 7 and 5) all about having her for the 5th grade. May she rest in peace and may her family find comfort knowing that she is home. God Bless. [Published in the Buffalo News] 
  4. Mr. Parker was one of my favorite teachers at Ellsworth High School. How well I remember his sense of humor! He was eminently fair, honest to the point of bluntness, ever helpful, but would brook no nonsense that would disrupt his classroom routine. As he would remind us, ‘the door swings both ways!’ Who can forget his Lincoln stories, or taking a late assignment to him in ‘The Hole’? To his family, I offer my sincere condolences. [Published in Bangor Daily News] 
  5. Dear Mrs. Timpano and family, My heart broke today when I heard of the passing of Mr. Timpano. He was without a doubt my favorite teacher and the 1 person who inspired me most in HS. My lifetime love of music came from my many years as his student. He was a teacher who taught from the heart. He made you beleive that you were important and gave you the confidence every day to beleive in yourself. He was a big smile and a positive thought every time you saw him. I truly looked foward to my home and school lessons as I felt successful and accomplished because of his support and confidence in me. He was a brilliant teacher and I look back in gratitude because he changed me. When I saw the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus” I was sure the movie was written for Mr. T as he touched so many hundreds of people in ways that we’ll never know. I play my clarinet to this day in a community Symphonic Band and I often think, “wouldn’t Mr. Timpano be proud”. While I mourn the loss of a great man, I feel blessed and honored that he was a part of my life. God Bless [Published in Albany Times Union]

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. Each week, we highlight 5 condolences with a common theme.

About Linnea

I joined Legacy.com in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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