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Old Greenwich School teacher mourned

November 10, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH — The Greenwich school community is mourning a teacher whose enthusiasm and energy motivated hundreds of young learners during his career.

Frank Gasparino, a fifth-grade teacher at Old Greenwich School, died Wednesday of heart failure.

A large memorial, packed with flowers and cards, was erected at the Old Greenwich School in his honor.

A parent at the school, Kendra Farn, said he made kids look forward to going to school.

“We all look back at our elementary years and think fondly of one teacher who made an impact. I am sure for countless students who have passed through OGS, he is that teacher they will talk about later in life,” she recalled. “He made everything fun....Even if you didn’t have him for your teacher, he was everyone’s friend. Always smiling.”

Gasparino worked at Old Greenwich School since 2001, and he was at the Julian Curtiss School for one year in 2000.

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His tribute to Bruce Springsteen at the annual talent show at the school was a much anticipated event. Gasparino was a well-known presence during dismissal at the school, engaging parents and students alike with high-fives and friendly exchanges.

Another parent, Robin Pastore, recalled a trip she took to the Broadway musical “Wicked” with some youngsters. They were discussing one of the songs in the show, “For Good,” and a lyric “that people come into our lives for a reason.”

“I asked the children if there was anyone in their life they felt that way about - someone because of whom they were ‘changed for the better,’” Pastore recalled, “A child answered without hesitation: ‘Yes! Mr. G.’”