Hundreds turned out on Sunday afternoon to pay their respects at the wake of a popular high school teacher who passed away from brain cancer.
Larry Fagan taught Civics and Psychology at Regional Hebron Andover and Marlborough High School (RHAM).
The wake was held at Sheehan Funeral Home in West Hartford, and as people lined up to pay their respects, they undoubtedly went through the memories of times they shared with Larry Fagan.
His students say they loved him for his unique teaching style, and using humor to spread the message.
“Very fun, it was never a boring class. We always had something to do, even if it was taking notes,” said McKenna Beben, who is a senior at RHAM.
Colleagues were equally impressed with Fagan’s teaching style, and the ability to reach the students, which is the goal of every one. Many said Fagan did just that and motivated his students.
“He always made the kids laugh. I think that's great. I think when you have humor it's important. It gets the kids to pay attention and do well in his class,” said Jennifer Major, who was a co-worker of Fagan’s at RHAM.
Larry Fagan began teaching after a career in finance.
His passing at 59 will leave a void in the school hallways and in his classroom, but there won't be anything missing in the hearts and minds of those he came in contact with on a daily basis.
“He would always make us smile, telling jokes and stories. He just made it fun going to (class),” said Larrissa Vilcinskas, who is a senior at RHAM.
Fagan grew Up in West Hartford. He passed away on Wednesday.
The school district canceled classes for Monday to allow the students and faculty to attend the funeral at St. Anthony Church in Hartford.
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