Gananoque high school honours departed teacher

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A special tree planting ceremony was to take place at 2 p.m. today outside of Gananoque Secondary School to honour a teacher who is remembered as being a "super nice guy."

The ceremony will be for Jamie Goodfellow, a former construction and technology teacher at GSS before his death in 2020 at the age of 54.

"He went to school with The Tragically Hip," said Leanne Devlin, a GSS teacher. "He really liked music. And other people have told memories of him having a motorbike and during one of the plays at the school, he rode his motorbike into the school. He was definitely a funny guy. He loved the kids. He made a really big impact on a lot of students. He did construction, tech, that sort of stuff. He's definitely missed here."

The ceremony will take place behind the school, on the football field.

"We planted the tree as close to the shop as we could," said Devlin.

Goodfellow died nearly two years ago but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff at the school were unable to hold any public gatherings, though they did hold a small school gathering.

Friday's gathering allows for something bigger.

"We wanted to do something a bit bigger, for the school to remember him and the community," said Devlin.

Those interested in making a donation to Goodfellow's Memorial Tree can send an e-transfer to dawn.russell@ucdsb.on.ca.

It is being recommended to RSVP to the same email address. Interested donors can also contact the school at 613-382-4741, or get in touch with Devlin through her contact information on the school website, or go to the school's Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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