When Bill Rich passed away unexpectedly last week, he left behind five biological children.
And a school-full of others.
Mr. Rich was the crossing guard for the Wyman Elementary School for years, helping students and teachers alike reach the building safely.
When Mr. Rich's funeral procession drove past the school last Thursday, Feb. 16, teachers and students were on hand to say one last goodbye and pay their final respects.
"He was a wonderful, kind, and gentle man," said Amy Abbott, a Wyman parent. "He took his crossing guard job seriously and always made sure our children were safe. He will be greatly missed by the Wyman School families."
A memorial wreath was left on Mr. Rich's corner after the funeral procession.
Mr. Rich was buried at the Woodbrook Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Mr. Rich's memory to the Mass. State Council, Knights of Columbus, 470 Washington Street, Suite 6, Norwood, MA 02062, Attn: Tootsie Roll Charity Fund.