SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown High School community is mourning the loss of another faculty member, the school’s second loss in just two months.
Justin D. Briggs, a physical education teacher, died last Friday at his home in Charlestown. He was 44.
“Justin impacted the lives of so many students and faculty in the South Kingstown High School community," Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow said in a statement Monday.
"He will be dearly missed.”
He was a devoted father to his two sons and enjoyed hiking, skiing and singing.
Briggs was a graduate of Chariho High School and the University of Rhode Island. He was also a former program director at the South County YMCA.
Briggs was a great colleague, according to Joan Lawson, former aquatics director at the YMCA, who worked with Briggs during his tenure in the 1990s.
“He was a really nice guy,” Lawson said. “He had a great way with kids, a great way with the members.”
Lawson cited a “Midnight” basketball program that Briggs began. She said they would take the YMCA bus out and invite kids who perhaps couldn’t afford a YMCA membership to come play basketball on a Friday night.
“He was very committed to getting the kids involved,” Lawson said.
Briggs’ passing comes just a month after Melissa “Missy” Stark, another South Kingstown High School Teacher, lost her battle with cancer June 13.
As the South Kingstown school community mourns these losses, mental health professionals are standing by ready to support faculty and students.