Cloonan Middle School teacher dies in school

Cloonan Middle School teacher dies in school
Cloonan Middle School teacher dies in school

STAMFORD -- A Cloonan Middle School math teacher died suddenly Monday in his classroom.

Vincent Sheridan, 63, died of unspecified caused just before 7:30 a.m. according to school spokesperson Sarah Arnold.

Students in his classroom found Sheridan, who taught eighth grade mathematics.

He was a teacher for 37 years and was nicknamed "Sarge" because of his disciplined classroom and willingness to lead according to a wire report.

According to parents, the school sent home a letter Monday night, stating that counseling is available to any student who needs it.

The letter, signed by Cloonan principal David Rudolph and assistant principals Laureen Mody and David Tate, called Sheridan "one of our foremost teachers."

"Even though he was strict and stern on the outside, he was loved by all of the students," read the letter. "They knew how much he cared about them. His commitment to educating students rose from a deep, abiding love and dedication to this country. Not only was Mr. Sheridan an excellent teacher for students, he was also an excellent role model for teachers. He was a mentor, guide and support to both new and veteran staff. His loss leaves a void that cannot easily be filled."

A wake for Sheridan will be held on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home on Summer Street. The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Cecilia on Newfield Avenue.

According to Arnold, an in-school memorial will take place in the near future.

"They just need to get through the funeral first," she said.