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South Colonie mourns teacher

Students pay tribute to Donald Walton by wearing gray and green

South Colonie students wore gray and green Friday, March 14, to honor social studies teacher Donald Walton, who died March 9 after battling brain cancer.

South Colonie students wore gray and green Friday, March 14, to honor social studies teacher Donald Walton, who died March 9 after battling brain cancer. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— “ICARE is really involved with cancer this year, and the last time I saw him (Walton), he came up to me and thanked me for everything that iCARE does for cancer. It was a really touching moment. It’s really sad that this happened,” said Pinkham.

Walton was remembered as the sort of teacher who was admired by students who weren’t even in his class.

“I didn’t have him as a teacher, but I’ve heard about him through my peers and other teachers,” said senior Shannon Terry. “I know that he was not your average teacher and that he pushed the kids really hard to learn what they needed to learn.”

Wetzel said that even after Walton became ill, he continued to teach for as long as he could.

“He had been ill for a year or so, and throughout the fall, he was in teaching every day. He had a real will to live and would let me know how well he was doing, even when he didn’t look so well,” said Wetzel.

He added that the students planned to make a memorial book to present to the family to demonstrate the type of person he was at work.

Walton was buried with military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In a statement released by Wetzel, the principal said he spoke with students in each of Walton’s classes and suggested that parents contact their child’s school counselor if they had any additional questions or concerns.

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