Teacher re­mem­bered for ded­i­ca­tion, pas­sion

Stam­ford High ed­u­ca­tor, coach died on Christ­mas Day

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - From The Front Page - By Erin Kay­ata erin. kay­ata @ stam­for­dad­vo­cate. com; ( 203) 964- 2265; @ er­in_ kay­ata

“I think one of the things that gets lost is how Jon helped us. He made an im­pact on younger teach­ers, show­ing us how to han­dle kids and speak to them with hon­esty.” Jeremy White, Stam­ford High School teacher and coach

STAM­FORD — If you knew Coach Jon Boone, you prob­a­bly knew he was once a coach for the foot­ball teams at Louisiana State and Univer­sity of Mi­ami.

Even a man once in the el­e­va­tor with Boone at Stam­ford High School where Boone taught learned about Boone’s his­tory when the man made the mis­take of wear­ing a jacket from the Univer­sity of Florida. Boone spent the el­e­va­tor ride telling him how LSU and Mi­ami were bet­ter teams, to the amuse­ment of his col­leagues.

“It ex­em­pli­fied how in­tense he was, driven and fo­cused,” said Jeremy White, a long­time so­cial stud­ies teacher and coach at Stam­ford High who worked along­side Boone.

Boone, a his­tory teacher and coach, will be re­mem­bered by col­leagues as be­ing pas­sion­ate about ev­ery­thing he did, from coach­ing to cy­cling to spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

Boone died on Christ­mas Day of a brain hem­or­rhage. He was 57 years old. Ac­cord­ing to his obit­u­ary, he is sur­vived by his wife, Lisa, his chil­dren Jamie and Tay­lor and his par­ents, Jim and Geri, as well as his sib­lings, nieces and neph­ews and in- laws.

Ac­cord­ing to his col­leagues, Boone came to Stam­ford from Florida in 1999. He taught so­cial stud­ies at Stam­ford High School and was also in­volved in the sum­mer school pro­gram.

“He did so much for our school,” said Stam­ford High as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Matthew Forker who start- ed at the school on the same day as Boone nearly 20 years ago. “He was such a kind man. The guy was re­ally a pil­lar of the school.”

Boone coached foot­ball at Stam­ford High be­fore go­ing on to coach the Sta­ples High School and the Po­lice Ath­letic League teams in West­port where Boone lived.

“I liked Jon very much,” said Sta­ples ath­letic di­rec­tor Marty Li­se­vick. “He was our fresh­man foot­ball coach for a cou­ple of years here at Sta­ples and made a pos­i­tive im­pact on a lot of kids. He was a man of in­tegrity, class and dis­ci­pline and in­stilled those char­ac­ter­is­tics in our young men here. He was also a good friend and some­one who put the kids first in ev­ery­thing he did. He will be missed by many.”

Cowork­ers re­mem­ber Boone’s ded­i­ca­tion to fit­ness. His wife, Lisa, would drop him off in the morn- ings at Stam­ford High with his bike so he could ride it home to West­port in the af­ter­noon. Boone also loved run­ning 5Ks and marathons.

Stam­ford High prin­ci­pal Ray Manka said he’s been in talks with Bone’s wife about cre­at­ing a schol­ar­ship in his honor which would be funded by a road or cy­cling race.

Manka added grief coun­selors were avail­able for stu­dents when they re­turned from win­ter break on Wed­nes­day.

“His reach and im­pact on stu­dents was very dra­matic,” he said. “He will be missed.”

White added Boone af­fected fel­low teach­ers, help­ing them in­cor­po­rate tech­nol­ogy into their teach­ing. White re­calls Boone be­ing the first teach­ers to walk the halls wear­ing a thumb drive around his neck.

“Ev­ery­body talks about Jon with kids,” White said. “I think one of the things that gets lost is how Jon helped us. He made an im­pact on younger teach­ers, show­ing us how to han­dle kids and speak to them with hon­esty.”

There will be a cel­e­bra­tion of Boone’s life at the Pen­field Pav­il­lion in Fair­field on Satur­day, Jan. 5 from 11 a. m. to 3 p. m. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily is ask­ing for do­na­tions to the Jon Boone Memo­rial Fund which will help Boone’s wife.

On the fund’s web page, Boone’s daugh­ter, Tay­lor, de­scribed her fa­ther as a ded­i­cated coach and teacher for the past 30 years who took the time to get to know each in­di­vid­ual stu­dent and stashed power bars in his desk to hand out as snacks.

“He was the def­i­ni­tion of a fam­ily man. He was the handy­man, the hug­ger, and the one who al­ways ‘ had a guy,’” the page reads. “He had a so­lu­tion for ev­ery­thing, even if it was duct tape. He worked hard to make his fam­ily’s life bet­ter. Con­ver­sa­tions usu­ally ended with a squeeze and a ‘ I love you’.”

Hearst Connecticut Me­dia file photo

Tight End Coach Jon Boone, left, em­braces Stam­ford High School player Peter Bo­nen­fant af­ter a loss to Xavier in De­cem­ber 2011.

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