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St Mary’s College Mourns Passing of Beloved Teacher, Mr. Joel Garcia

Acting Principal of St Mary’s College, Port of Spain, Rawle Russell issued a statement via the College’s Official Facebook Page on the death of Physical Education teacher, Joel Garcia.

It is with great sadness that the school community of St. Mary’s College, report the death of one of our teachers, Mr. Joel Garcia.

On Monday 18th September, 2023, our school community experienced a grave loss when Mr. Garcia was found unresponsive on the school compound at approximately 4:35 p.m.
The Emergency Services were called and the police notified. Mr. Garcia was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:00 p.m.

We understand the shock and tragedy of Mr. Garcia’s sudden loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

Mr. Joel Garcia was a Physical Education teacher at St. Mary’s College with 18 years experience. He cared deeply about the well-being and success of each and every one of his students. He was a wonderful, gentle and caring individual who earned the respect and affection of staff and students alike.
He served as Staff representative for several years, and was instrumental in planning many staff social events. He was a faithful servant and a good soul. We already miss his kind spirit.

The school community at St. Mary’s College will spend many difficult moments grieving his loss. He will be greatly missed. To this end, a number of measures have been put in place to support our staff and students during this difficult time. We offer our condolences to all who are impacted by this tragedy.

Information about funeral arrangements will be forthcoming as soon as they are available.