Steven Patrick Wade, a long-time substitute teacher at Hauppauge High School, died Monday, leaving behind a legacy of helpful and caring mentorship.
Wade, who taught hundreds of students over the years, was a beloved member of the school community. After news of his death got out, students quickly took to social media to express their sympathies for their favorite substitute teacher.
"Rest in peace Mr. Wade, you were an inspiration to all that knew you. Best substitute Hauppauge has ever had," Joanna Kettell tweeted.
Valerie Georgina tweeted a short letter to Wade.
"Mr. Wade, thank you so much for your time with my paper. You were the best SOAR mentor and someone Hauppauge will never forget," she said.
"Mr. Wade was a Hauppauge legend. Guy was the man," tweeted Rob Longo.
"Rest in peace Mr. Wade, you were an amazing person with a big heart. Hauppauge will never forget you," Kareem Adbel posted.
Wade, a resident of West Babylon, was not only admired by his students, but by the school's staff, as well.
Christine O'Conner, principal of Hauppauge High School, said that she continuously received positive feedback from teachers and students regarding his caring demeanor and professionalism.
"He worked hard to provide students with the best educational experience possible. When he had advance knowledge of the classes he was covering, he often looked up the students’ pictures a day in advance so he could address them by name. He was an active part of the school community, attending countless field trips and participating in school events such as Dancing with the Teachers," she said.
She said that Wade had a wide list of interests including history, art, ballroom dancing, planes and model trains.
"He used his positive life experiences to actively engage students in his lessons. They enjoyed hearing his stories and work hard for him in return. He was a true asset to Hauppauge High School and touched the hearts of many. He will be sorely missed but will always be remembered,” she said.
A visitation will be held March 17 from 1 p.m. until to 4 p.m. at Thomas Walsh Funeral Home, 60 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip. A prayer will be held Monday March 18 at 9:45 a.m. in the Funeral Home. Interment will follow with Military Honors in Calverton National Cemetery.