After the Waterloo Region District School Board announced on Wednesday that trustee Fred Meissner had passed away, flags at all of its schools would fly at half-staff.
The board said in a statement that The Fred Meissner, “known affectionately by some at the board as The Fred Meissner, was a beloved educator who had a long history of teaching, leading, and most importantly, caring about the students he served.”
He was well-known among students and locals in his hometown and was deeply committed to helping children and the place he cherished.
The board stated that it was “deeply saddened” by Meissner’s passing and that his “passion and dedication to improving public education in the region was second to none.”
Up until Meissner’s funeral, the flags will be flown at half-staff.
No public statement on the cause of death has been made. Meissner was present at the board meeting on Monday and made a motion to alter the board’s meeting rules.
Meissner spent 27 years as a teacher at Elmira District Secondary School, where he worked in both the English and special education departments until his retirement in 2018. He was elected to the public school board last October to represent Woolwich/Wellesley.
He has lived in the Waterloo Region his entire life. For the past 17 years, he and his wife Terry have resided in Woolwich/Wellesley. He had children and grandchildren.
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