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Community mourns passing of veteran Wolcott teacher

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David Pape, who was a teacher at Wolcott High School, recently passed away. (Facebook) David Pape, who was a teacher at Wolcott High School, recently passed away. (Facebook)
WOLCOTT, CT (WFSB) -

A veteran of the Wolcott school system passed away recently.

School officials announced on Monday that David Pape, a popular social studies teacher at Wolcott High School, has died.

Pape was a 19-year veteran, who spent his entire career at the high school. School officials said he taught several advanced placement courses.  

Many remembered Pape as a mentor to multiple generations. 

"He was true to his students. He just was so positive with his students," Wolcott High School 2005 graduate Daniel Sanangelo said. "If you had a problem, he was there for you." 

Outside of school, Pape spent each week at Wolcott Lanes, bowling with his group.

"He was an absolutely amazing person to be around," Sanangelo said. "Laughing, telling jokes, he was truly a great person to be around."

Counseling and support services were made available at the high school for students and staff members.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to his parents who also have strong connections to Wolcott’s public schools," the school system said in a statement.

Pape's legacy is Wolcott's education. His father was the chair of the board of education. His mother also worked on the board.  

When the official announcement was made at the beginning of the day, Wolcott Superintendent of Schools Anthony Gasper said nearly everyone already knew, it's a testament to how beloved he was.

"There are a lot of kids at the high school today who are feeling very heartbroken over his passing," Gasper said. 

The medical examiner confirmed Pape died of natural causes.

School officials are working on a way to permanently remember him and his dedication to this school.

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