CMSD82 News Release – Acknowledging an Amazing Colleague, Ed Papais, Jan. 30, 2022

 

It is with heartfelt sadness that we inform employees of the passing of school district retiree, Ed Papais on January 30, 2022 in Okotoks, Alberta.  Ed passed away peacefully surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ed joined the school district on September 1, 1975 as a Counsellor and Classroom Teacher, positions he held until his retirement on June 30, 2012.  During his tenure at Skeena Middle School, Ed earned a Master’s Degree in Counselling.  Ed was a fixture at Skeena School and he was there when Skeena Junior Secondary evolved into Skeena Middle School.    Ed’s typing class evolved into a computer class and “old math” became “new math.”  Ed was a dedicated educator and sometimes forgot to alert security that he would be in the school past eleven p.m.  His plants as well as his students flourished within his classroom.

Ed was there for the school newspaper and the school dances.  He was always willing to lend an ear.  His humble and unassuming nature endeared him to everyone.  Ed loved the outdoors and was there for the ski club and the photography club.  In his later years, if Ed was not fishing, he was taking a walk or he could be found at a garage sale.  He loved his garden and pruning his trees.

Our sincerest condolences and prayers are extended to his wife, Mary and sons, Neil and James.  Their sorrow is shared by Ed’s many colleagues and friends within Coast Mountains School District and the Terrace community.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Ed’s footprints in education will forever remain with students and colleagues.  The school district shares a great sadness with the Papais family on the loss of this wonderful individual.  Thank you Ed for everything you did for so many people over so many years – you will be missed.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

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