The community in Litchfield is in mourning after a beloved retired Litchfield High School science teacher died.
On Monday, staff and students were remembering how much Phillip Fowler touched peoples lives and changed them forever.
"He was a master, he was a wizard in the way he conveyed information,” said John Markelon, a science teacher.
Fowler started teaching science in the district 44 years ago, and even though he retired three years ago, he still substitute taught as recently as last Friday. He died of a sudden heart attack that night.
"I had him as a sub actually the day like two days before he died. I saw him in the hallway the day before, he was a great guy, really sweet,” said Sutherland LaMond, who is a junior at the school.
The yearbook was dedicated to him year after year, and it was his unique style of teaching that inspired some of his former students to become teachers and try to model his work in their classrooms.
On his Facebook page, there is an outpouring of comments, with former students saying they will never forget their beloved teacher.
"Life has a lot of bumps and he was able to understand those bumps for young people better than most, he took the time to listen, to be connected and to check back in all the time. We lost a giant,” Markelon said.
The one thing everyone said was that Fowler was truly interested in the students and what they had to say, and he had a very animated style of teaching to make the coursework memorable and fun.
Fowler leaves behind a wife and three sons. His funeral will be on Wednesday, which would have been his 69th birthday.
The wake will be held on May 17 from 4-8 p.m. at Scott's Funeral Home on Route 6 in Terryville. The funeral on Wednesday will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Casimirs Church on Allen Street in Terryville.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Phil Fowler Scholarship Fund (286 Town Hill Rd. Terryville).
Mobile users can watch a tribute video here.
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