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Posters eulogize popular Port Coquitlam teacher

Posters in memory of James Park teacher Dave Charles line the school
Posters in memory of James Park teacher Dave Charles line the school's fence.
— image credit: DIANE STRANDBERG/THE TRI-CITY NEWS

A Port Coquitlam elementary school is mourning the loss of a popular teacher who died recently from complications due to surgery.

Colourful posters containing memories of and thoughts about Dave Charles hang from the fence at James Park elementary and principal Petra Kintzinger said the Grade 3/4 teacher will be missed.

"Dave was just an incredibly kind man and just loved by children and adults and the teachers. There were many teachers on staff that felt they were mentored by them," Kintzinger said.

Poster James Park

Charles taught at James Park for just a few years, having moved from Scott Creek middle school, but Kintzinger said he made the adjustment quickly and was always surrounded by students when he walked the grounds with his coffee cup at recess.

"The kids are just bereft, they loved him so much," she said.

A celebration of life will be held for Charles, likely at Scott Creek middle school in the early fall.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

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