By Beth David, Editor
An Acushnet Middle School teacher died from pancreatic cancer last week, leaving the school community mourning.
“It is with a heavy heart we share with you that our 6th grade math teacher Mr. Shane Martin passed away peacefully last night, after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer,” wrote the Acushnet Public Schools on its Facebook page on Saturday, May 1. “We know he touched the lives of so many students and colleagues during his time at Ford Middle School and will be greatly missed.”
The school arranged to have extra counselors available for students on Monday.
“Please keep Mr. Martin’s family in your thoughts during this difficult time,” read the post.
The Ford Middle School posted some photos of a stone with some flowers and a dogwood tree placed on the school grounds.
“The most deserving tribute. A spot for everyone to spend some time, right outside of his classroom,” reads the Facebook post.
The short ceremony on May 3 included remarks and stories by school officials and others who knew him. His daughter Hallie sang.
Mr. Martin, 44, lived in Dartmouth and is survived by his wife Angela, and their two children, Hallie Grace and Christian Jaydon. He was predeceased by his son and Christian’s twin Jaydon Eric Martin.
Mr. Martin taught 6th grade math at Ford Middle School for 22 years.
At he school, a stone marker reads: “See Miracles In Life [Every Day]
“Through Shane’s smile this tree was planted in honor of Shane Martin.”
The stone marker also includes a quote that was also used in his obituary: “I was born to serve people with a smile & lift people up. I always do my best to fulfill that purpose.”
Mr. Martin’s funeral will be Friday, 5/7 at 9 a.m. at Rock Funeral Home, www.rock-funeralhome.com.
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