PARISHVILLE - It was with heavy hearts that members of the Parishville Hopkinton Central School District Board of Education met Monday night.
On consecutive days last week the district lost members of the PHCS family, with class of 20011 graduate Amanda L. Lashomb passing away from Lou Gehrigs disease on Friday and board of education member Steven H. Wilson passing away unexpectedly on Saturday.
Board President Ward Remington opened the meeting Monday night with a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Wilson and his 14 years of service to the district.
Before we begin tonights regular school board meeting, I would like to take the time to honor and remember a valuable member we just tragically lost, Mr. Remington said. As you all are aware our Steve Wilson passed away unexpectedly early on Saturday morning.
Mr. Remington continued, His leadership, wisdom, straight forwardness and wit will be sorely missed. I would like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence to remember our fellow board member, neighbor and friend, Steve Wilson.
The board room, complete with Mr. Wilsons empty chair, was silent for approximately 30 seconds.
Thank you all for that gesture of respect and honor. May our thoughts and prayers be with Gail (his wife) and his family, Mr. Remington said.
After the meeting, Mr. Remington recalled the life of a man he called a good friend.
It doesnt seem real, Mr. Remington said. When he (his son) called me to tell me, I asked, Is it the right Steve Wilson?
Mr. Remington explained that his daughter-in-law was Mr. Wilsons niece.
He loved his family, he loved people and he was always more than willing to help with anything, Mr. Remington said adding one of Mr. Wilsons sons graduated with his son and Mr. Wilsons other son graduated with his daughter.
Ive known his family for years, he said.
While Steve Wilson the man will definitely be missed, Mr. Remington also said Steve Wilson the board member will be missed as well.
One of the things you could always count on with Steve was his straight forwardness. If something had to be said, he said it. He never spoke in a way where you were wondering what he said, Mr. Remington said. As a school board member, well undoubtedly miss his wisdom from being in business, being a farmer and from his experience with people. When you put those three together, you have a very strong board member.
Board of Education Clerk Lori Witherell also noted Mr. Wilson had recently been re-elected to another term on the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES board of education.
Ive known him for the past seven years, Mr. Saiff said. Hell be missed at our board table. Steve was a true representation of our community and its value for education.
Following the moment of silence for Mr. Wilson, Mr. Saiff also called attention to the loss of Ms. Lashomb. Just down the hall from the board room, a bulletin board was graced with pictures of Ms. Lashomb, as well as notes and memories left by students and staff at the school.
Monday nights meeting was actually delayed 30 minutes to allow board members and administration the opportunity to attend Ms. Lashombs wake.
God got two good ones for his team last week, Mr. Saiff said.
Also included on the bulletin board was a poem tdedicated to the memory.The poem titled, Gone But Not Forgotten, read:
The years weve shared have been full of joy.
The memories weve made will go on.
I havent stopped crying since you went away,
And Ive asked God time and time why couldnt you stay.
You lit up my life, my hopes and my dreams.
Youve opened my eyes to see what it all means.
So now that youre gone how can I forget;
Because you were the greatest out of all I have met.
Donations in memory of Mr. Wilson may be given to the American Heart Association or the charity of ones choice.
Donations in memory of Ms. Lashomb, who was also a nursing student enrolled at SUNY Canton, may be given to the charity of ones choice or Hospice of he St. Lawrence Valley.