‘Heart’ of Cumberland school stops beating

Cumberland Junior School will host a celebration of life for a man called "the heart of the school."

CUMBERLAND JUNIOR SCHOOL will host a celebration of life Saturday in honour of well-loved and longtime teacher Ted Newman.

Cumberland Junior School will host a celebration of life for a man called “the heart of the school.”

Learning assistance teacher Ted Newman, 61, passed away suddenly due to a heart attack April 22, and a public celebration of life will be held for him Saturday at 1 p.m. in the school gym.

Cumberland Junior School principal Philip Maund says one teacher put it perfectly when they called Newman ‘the heart of the school.’

“We have messages (posted up) all around the school that we’re going to use in the ceremony on Saturday,” says Maund. “Every kid was given a piece of paper to write their own personal message to Ted.

“Every single kid did, and a lot of them were, ‘Thank you for getting me through (school); I wouldn’t have done it without you.’ “

Newman worked at the school since 1989, primarily as a learning assistance teacher.

According to Maund, many of the students Newman worked with struggled with their school work, especially math. Maund adds Newman was someone the students respected, and thanked, because he put so much time and effort into helping them improve their studies.

He also helped with numerous extracurricular activities at the school. Whether it was school dances, staff activities or basketball and volleyball games, Newman was there helping, says Maund, adding Newman had been coaching track and field earlier during the day he passed away.

“He’s one of those people who lived to work, didn’t work to live,” says Maund. “He loved being in school — he was very, very rarely away.”

Newman’s daughter Louesa Byrne, who is 32 and now lives in Vancouver, says people her age from the Valley still remember her dad teaching them years ago.

“He was an amazing teacher,” says Byrne. “He really found a way to get to kids that needed a little bit extra attention and support, you know, some kids that kind of had a rough go of it, he was really able to connect with them and to encourage them to do better.

“We’re all going to miss him a lot,” Byrne continues on behalf of her family. “But we know that he connected with so many people while he was here that I think he’s left a legacy, just with his connections to people and how he’s changed their lives, and that makes me really proud, my sister as well.”

For anyone wishing to express their condolences, a book is available to sign in the Cumberland Junior School foyer. The Saturday celebration of life is open to any friends, family or students, past or present, of Ted Newman.



Just Posted

SD 71 school trustee candidates answer questions on sexual identity issue

The four unacclaimed SD 71 candidates were asked their stance the SOGI issue

Courtenay candidates have their say

The 16 people running for Courtenay council gathered Tuesday evening at an… Continue reading

Comox Valley Regional District candidates address agricultural issues

Mid-Island Farmers’ Institute hosts all-candidates meeting

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

Commercial diver drowns in Hecate Strait

WorkSafeBC and BC Coroners Service are investigating the diving incident south of Dewdney Island

Conservation officers investigate four elk shot and abandoned on Vancouver Island

Leaving harvestable game meat in the field is a punishable offence

B.C. Lions look to cement CFL playoff spot with victory over Eskimos

B.C. can cement a post-season berth in the wild West Division on Friday night with a home win over the Edmonton Eskimos

Canada ban on asbestos takes effect but mining residues are exempt

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna plans to announce the new regulations implementing the ban on Thursday in Ottawa

1,000 needles pulled from Cowichan River

Duncan area cleanup project nets three huge truckloads of garbage

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

Demand for legalized cannabis in early hours draws lineups, heavy web traffic

Government-run and privately operated sales portals went live at 12:01 a.m. local time across Canada, eliciting a wave of demand.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set to make parole pitch today

Paul Bernardo, whose very name became synonymous with sadistic sexual perversion, is expected to plead for release on Wednesday.

Most Read