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Beloved Teacher Passes

The Churchville-Chili Central School District, along with members of the community, is mourning the loss of Robert Coats, a social studies teacher in the district for 22 years.

“As a school community, we are tremendously saddened by Rob Coats’ death and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Superintedent Dr. Pamela Kissel.

“Robert was known as a deeply caring teacher who respected and cherished the thousands of students he touched throughout his long career,” added Senior High School Principal Bill Geraci.

Coats passed away on Sunday, Aug. 5. A celebration of Coats' life will happen this Friday at 1 p.m. in Naples. For more details about the event, see below.

Letter to Faculty and Staff
Dear Churchville-Chili Faculty and Staff,

By now, most of you have heard of the passing of senior high school social studies teacher Rob Coats. Rob was a man with a big heart and a strong conviction that all students should be accepted for who they are and celebrated for the uniqueness of their character.

His wife Blake has planned a get-together for this Friday at 1 p.m. in Naples. (Naples Hotel Restaurant, 111 S Main St, 14512). This gathering will be a meet-and-greet affair and Blake has requested that people bring a dish to pass. For those of you that would like to carpool, I suggest you meet at the Middle School parking lot off Fairbanks Road at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10. The drive to Naples is about one hour and 20 minutes. This carpooling will be informal. Folks would see who shows up and then make driving decisions based upon that. See the instructions below. I hope to see you there.

Bill Geraci
Senior High School Principal

Related Links

  1. Death and Loss: Helping Children Manage Their Grief by Bruce Perry MD, PhD
  2. How to Help a Grieving Child, The Dougy Center
  3. Grief Resources, The Consortium on Trauma, Illness, and Grief in Schools (TIG)