The Mohonasen Central School District community is mourning the loss of a dedicated staff member and friend. Mohonasen High School hall monitor Bob Anderson passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 22, after suffering a heart attack.
Mr. Anderson worked in the district for more than 15 years and served as a hall monitor at the high school since 2002.
“Bob was a friendly, outgoing gentleman who demonstrated the highest respect for staff and students alike,” said High School Principal Lisa A. Patierne. “He was a straight-shooter who truly cared about and supported the students. Even when he had to deliver detention passes, he would say, ‘I’m sorry’ in that gentle, caring way of his.”
Grief counselors were available at the high school on Tuesday and will be on hand throughout the rest of the week to assist students and staff in dealing with this unexpected loss.
Children grieve in different ways; some may be very upset while others may exhibit seemingly inappropriate responses. Even if your child has not had direct ties to Mr. Anderson, they still may be upset by this event. Please give your child(ren) an opportunity to express their feelings and contact high school principal Lisa Patierne if there is any concern about your child’s response.
You can find resources to help children deal with grief on the district’s Children and the Grieving Process webpage.
“As I spoke with students today, I was touched that every one of them had a good story to tell, or a ‘Bobism’ to share. We will miss Bob’s warm smile and welcoming greetings in the high school hallways,” said Patierne. “Our thoughts are with his family at this time, and we hope they will take comfort in knowing the legacy he left behind. He touched many lives in his years here, and he will be remembered for his smile and his kindness.”