BHS math teacher remembered by family and friends

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of people gathered in South Hadley Monday night to remember a Belchertown High School teacher.

William Kirk taught math at BHS for 32 years and coached several of the school’s sports teams. Kirk died last Thursday from what is being called “a quick, short illness.”

Former students, friends and family said he was a great teacher, and an even greater person.

Amber Patruno, Kirk’s niece, told 22News, “Every person that came in line I asked them to share a story with me and it was really, really cool to look back and hear all the stories and the influences he’s had on so many lives.”

Tuesday night there will be another service for Kirk at Ryder’s Funeral Home in South Hadley from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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