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Celebration of life set Saturday for fifth-grade teacher George Flath

Event at Hoover School to include reunion, slide show and sharing time

by Chris Kenrick

A celebration of life will be held Saturday for George Flath, a popular fifth-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary School in Palo Alto who died unexpectedly Jan. 30 after flu-like symptoms rapidly developed into a severe infection.

The celebration will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the school at 445 East Charleston Road.

It will include a "welcome reunion," slide show and voluntary sharing time.

Flath, a teacher at Hoover since 1994, was 43. He taught his class as usual Friday (Jan. 28) and was hospitalized during the weekend.

A cause of death has not been determined, but school officials said tests were underway to explore the possibility of meningococcal disease.

Some members of the Hoover community were taking antibiotics as a preventive measure. Representatives from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department held a meeting at the school Monday afternoon.

A health department physician said few members of the Hoover community had the type of contact with Flath that would put them at risk for acquiring the meningococcal bacteria. However, prophylactic antibiotics were offered "out of an abundance of caution," and most parents of Flath's students took them for their children, a health department spokeswoman said.

"Mr. Flath was an uplifting, vibrant teacher who cherished his work here," Hoover School Principal Susanne Scott said in a letter to the Hoover community.

"His sense of humor added to the joy and enthusiasm in his work with students. He will be missed by all of us."

School district staff and Hoover School parents were notified of the death in an e-mail, Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers said.

Students were told about it, class by class, Monday morning, with counselors on hand, Bowers said.

School psychologists and staff from the grief counseling organization Kara were available to support staff members and students, Scott said.

Meningococcal disease comes from a bacterium that can cause both meningitis, inflammation of brain and spinal cord tissue, or sepsis, a severe infection of the blood, according to Sara Cody, a physician and communicable disease control officer with the health department.

"There are very few people in the Hoover school community who may have had the type of close contact that would put them at risk of acquiring the bacteria," Cody said in a memo to Hoover staff members and parents.

While meningococcal disease is contagious, Cody said, "it is not easily spread from person to person."

Meningococcal bacteria are "not as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been...

"For those with casual contact, preventive antibiotics are not recommended," Cody said.

The bacteria can live outside the body for only a few minutes, and do not live on environmental surfaces or in the air, she said.

At Monday's meeting with Hoover parents, students and staff, public health officials offered prophylactic antibiotics to those who wanted them.

"Most of the parents did end up taking them for their children," health department spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said.

"But it's extremely unlikely that anybody else will get sick."

Symptoms of meningococcal disease may develop within several hours or over a period of one to two days, and include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, discomfort when looking into bright lights and mental confusion.

A friend of Flath's, Lewis Weaser, said the teacher, who lived in San Francisco, was socializing with friends Saturday afternoon.

"A group of five of us had dinner plans on Saturday night when he started to mention that he wasn't feeling well," Weaser said in an e-mail Monday.

"That was around 6:30, before dinner."

Weaser said he received word about noon on Sunday that Flath was in the emergency room of Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco.

Flath's family was at his side in the hospital, school officials said.

Rather than sending flowers, those who wish are asked to consider donating to The Companion Animal Rescue Effort at P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA, 95011-1474; or the San Francisco SPCA; or the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.

Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.


Posted by Sad, a resident of Hoover School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

George will be missed by many.

Posted by parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

This is terrible. I'm so sorry for the family the school community. He was much too young!

Layman's question -- is this the kind of meningitis the HiB vaccine protects against?

If the bacteria is so hard to contract, how is it acquired, and how exactly does it persist in humans?

Posted by Paly Student, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm

one of the greatest teachers i ever had

Posted by tia, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

he was one of the best teachers ever. we're all going to miss him. i cried all night when i heard the news. :(

Posted by The Sanders Family, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm

We were members of the Hoover community when George Flath first started working there. He was an exceptional teacher, so enthusiastic and he had a genuine love of his job and of the students. I remember how excited he was when he bought his first brand new car. He showed it to everyone! All of the students adored him! He was great with the students and had that wonderful ability to not only be their friend but also to get them to do their work! We have all lost a wonderful teacher and friend. His impact was immense and he will live on in all the students whose lives he touched. We will miss him greatly! With love, Mark, Denise, Ben, Michelle and Theresa

Posted by SK, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm

George will be missed tremendously by all. What a loss - to the children, the parents, the school staff and his grade level colleagues across the district.

Posted by Mr. Flath's student last year, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm

As my favorite teacher, I was deeply upset when I heard that my teacher last year had past away. I cried during 1st period and made a poem just for Mr. Flath. He would make anything happy and if I felt bad, just looking at his face would make me feel refreshed again. His sense of humor always made me fall to the floor and laugh like a 5 year old. I knew I had to do my very best just for Mr. Flath. That's the least I could do after what he had done for me. If Mr. Flath is doing this for us, I have to do my best for him. Thanks to Mr. Flath, I am doing very well in middle school. If he hadn't gotten me ready, I can't imagine what had happened. Thank you so much for what you have given me with all your time and effort.

Posted by nevnef, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm

the greatest teacher to ever walk earth. you will be dearly missed <3

Posted by Ele, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I had him JUST last year!!! i can't BELIEVE it!!!- he was the one who tought me the BASICS of the periodic table!
I will miss him greatly.

Posted by rya, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

he was my teacher... I wished I could have had a chance to say good bye

Posted by Erik, a resident of Hoover School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Last night I found out what happened to Mr. Flath and I just cried and cried. Now I just can't believe it, it's just completely shocking. He was an amazing and terrific person who could make a joke out of just about anything.He could make a friend out of anybody. It doesn't make any sense that life can still go on. He always had a cheerful and positive attitude.

Posted by Michael DePass, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Mr.Flath was the best teacher that I have ever had. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams and played a huge role in making Hoover my favorite school by FAR. In fact, fifth grade was the best 180 days of my life thus far. I feel absolutely awful that I never went back to see him after I graduated. I'm hardly ever a spiritual person, but I genuinely, with all my heart, hope that good things do happen to good people and that he can see how much all of his ex-students have all grown and changed for the better.

Posted by former Hoover Mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Remember the 'Wrath of Flath' board? Kids got on it for not turning in their homework. Mr. Flath was the best! God bless him

Posted by Neel, a resident of Hoover School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Yesterday, when I found out what happened to my teacher, I was so upset I could barely sleep because he was funny, and a terrific teacher. He was also very important person, teacher, and friend and was making jokes and making everyone happy. He could easily make someone laugh.

Posted by Tristan I., a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I loved Mr. Flath so much he was one of my favorite teachers with TONS of humor. Its hard to say good bye when I didnt get to see him after i graduated :( I have made a promise to visit and i have failed im sorry :(

Posted by A Friend, a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm

George has been a family friend for years. He was the one who drove my mother to the hospital the day I was born. His death was so unexpected we will miss him so much. :'( George was a wonderful man he touched many lives. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Marina and Sasha, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm

George taught both of our kids and was one of the best teachers they had. Rest in peace dear teacher. You will be greatly missed.

Posted by Ann Pianetta, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Hoover will never be the same without George Flath. He was a person who exemplified the best of the teaching profession. Funny, sincere, excellent teacher. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Palo Alto High School Student, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Mr. Flath was one of the best teachers at Hoover, and undeniably influenced me to be a better person overall. He was caring, smart and funny and I just cannot grasp the concept why such a tragedy would happen to such a good person. You will be missed greatly.

Posted by Michelle, a resident of Hoover School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I haven't met George but heard a lot of great things about him. What a loss to Hoover community and students. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by A Paly student mom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Mr Flath was my son's most favorite teacher, most loved teacher, the best, the gratest teacher ever. We talked about him just last week. It is so no fair. It hurts.

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 1, 2011 at 3:37 am

that's really terrible ... very sad. Way too young and too helpful to people to be taken in the prime of life like that. very sorry to hear this.

Posted by Steven Pauley, a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oh George...it's me, your old buddy and neighbor from Laurel street. I am so sorry that you have left us and in such a way. I am so shocked, and my heart is so heavy with sadness. Sadness for us left behind, as I hope you are laughing the biggest laugh you ever let out and are in an eternal state of bliss. I'm just crushed.

Posted by LL, a resident of Stanford
on Feb 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

How sad, my daughter had Mr. Flath when he first started teaching. He was so great! I remember the wrath of Flath and how much he enjoyed being a teacher. I'll always remember him.

Posted by Kathleen, a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

Oh buddy, you made me laugh so much---hope you and Clarko are hanging out at the Galaxy Bar having a good laugh

Posted by Chris, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

This is a tragic loss not only for the Hoover community but for the community of Palo Alto. I am so touched by the many comments from his students. I hope that Palo Alto can recognize him in some way for touching so many young lives and I hope that those close to him can find some peace knowing how loved he was.

Posted by Little G, a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

I grew up with George in Watsonville Calif. It's amazing how many hearts George has touched. I will miss him more then words can say!!! Just remember one thing George we will alsways have the secret sound!!!!!

Posted by MT, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

My daughter was in his first class when he started at Hoover. She always was telling me about the "wrath of Flath"... He was a wonderful teacher and will be missed.

Posted by hoover mom, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

"May George be teaching other little angels.", said my daughter in his class. We all missed him. God bless.

Posted by Steve C, a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

So sad to hear of the passing of this great teacher. Flu symptoms should never be shrugged off, not that they were in this case. When my oldest son was very young, he had flu-like symptoms and a substitute pediatrician insisted on hospitalizing him. This particular MD. was from the British Isles I believe. I'm afraid I protested vigorously,it was only the flu I said, but was over-ruled by my wife and the MD. This was exactly what she was concerned with, and even though he turned out to not have Meningitis, I am grateful for this cautious and dedicated MD.
Again we see what a difference a great teacher can make on the lives of so many. We need to value them more when they are with us. RIP sir.

Posted by Bridget Gleason, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

Both of my sons were privileged to have George as a teacher. His legacy certainly lives on in the lives of those he taught. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Sorry, but ..., a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

So sorry to hear about Mr. Flath. Sounds like his loss will be a blow to everyone who knew him. I have to say, however, that it's irresponsible to hand out antibiotics like candy to everyone at the school. Over-use of antibiotics is putting the future health of our children -- and the world's -- at far more risk than the possibility of meningitis.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Such a vibrant, enthusiastic teacher. We will all miss George. With deep appreciation,

a 5th grade parent

Posted by F, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Mr. Flath was my favorite teacher. Third grade was by far the happiest school year for me, thanks to him. Even as I was in high school he still recognized me and knew me by name. His great sense of humor, his dedication to and love of his students, and his way of teaching made him truly exceptional. I hoped he would still be teaching when I sent my own kids to elementary school, able to give my kids the same wonderful experience I had.

You will be much missed, Mr. Flath. We all love you.

Posted by Radhika, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I didn't have Mr. Flath as my teacher two years ago, but when we did science in 5th grade, we would switch the classrooms around. So I had him from science, but from the 1 hour for 1 trimester that I had him, I could tell he was the most generous, loving, funny teacher ever. I could tell he really cared about his students, and that they were going to be okay in middle school. Everyone will always dearly and truly miss him, and he will always be in our hearts. <3

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Didn't know him, very sorry to hear of his passing, from all these comments I hope the school district can appreciate this man's teaching abilities and efforts and hire more teachers like him.
I guess it's a time to educate community about this illness, too.

Posted by mne, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Beautiful person. Amazing teacher. He brought a sparkle to each and every person he came into contact with. We are so fortunate to have been touched by this man. Much love to you, George.

Posted by Emma Ruhlig (Davis), a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I had Mr. Flath as my teacher 12 years ago. I will miss his presence, and knowing that young students were benefiting from his teaching skills.
To Mr. Flath, I hope that wherever you're now, that you are teaching everyone around you a thing or two about the Wrath of Flath.
To his family, I may not be a part of your family, but Mr. Flath surely felt like a part of mine. I am so sorry for your loss.
To the community, it will hurt for some time, everyone who had him as a teacher benefited. He was the most influential teacher I have had. He helped me through some darks days that I had back in 1998/99. Always remember his enthusiasm.

Thank you for the multitude of good memories Mr. Flath.

Emma Wykes Ruhlig (Davis), Hoover class of 2001.

Posted by AR, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Mr. Flath was a great teacher. He was always in a great mood; and was a very funny guy. His death was very untimely, and he was too young to go.I am very thankful that I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Flath. I wish I visited him more. Thanks for all the memories. Rest in peace Mr. Flath.

Posted by Maya, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I didn't have Mr.Flath as a teacher two years ago, but I had him when we switched around for science for the 1/3 of the year. He was so fun to be around, and always made a joke. He had such a fun way of teaching, and I enjoyed every minute in his class. He will be greatly missed. <3

Posted by Alice, a resident of Ohlone School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Mr. Flath was the best teacher I ever had. He was funny, loving, and all of his students could really tell that he truly cared about each and every one of his students. At first, I couldn't believe the fact that he had died. When my friend who was also in Mr. Flath's class confronted me with the information, I couldn't believe it. I forced myself to believe that it was fake. Mr. Flath is one of the most passionate teachers to ever walk the Earth. I feel lucky to have been in his class. His teaching has left an un-erasable mark in my soul and Hoover's history. I will never forget the way he used to make jokes when we were sleepy and tired, sing along to the music he played on his iPhone, and most of all, him walking with his dog, Puff, while we were running the mile. Mr. Flath will be in our minds forever. Mr. Flath, your the best teacher EVER!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anna, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm

He was a great person who always brightened my days in elementary school

Posted by Linda, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Awww... I found at Sunday night, and I was so sad to hear that he had gone. I would never think that would happen. Where ever you are Mr. Flath we will always remember you and miss you! :(

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Dear Mr. Flath,

It's been ten years since the time I was in your third grade classroom. But I can say for certain that you made a lasting impact on my childhood and elementary school days. You were a teacher who made his students excited to come to class every single day. I will always remember how you made us laugh, whether it was when we were making limericks (I'll always remember "Mr. Flathy took a bathy...") or jokingly intimidating us with your "wrath of Flath". You always made the classroom environment not only nurturing, but entertaining and I am forever grateful for that. No one else could put a sparkle in a smile like you could.

All the students you've ever had are ever so blessed to have had you as a teacher. Thank you for all the happiness and kindness you bestowed upon all your students. Rest in peace.

A student of yours from the class of 2004

Posted by Natalia, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I wasn't in Mr. Flath's class, but he was always nice and funny with me. When I found out I couldn't stop crying, and Hoover is the saddest I have seen it, and I have been there for 6 years. All I want is to bring him back, but i know that is impossible. I hope that he knows how much we all miss him! He was an amazing guy, unforgetable too. But...we must remember that if he can see us now, he would want us to remember all the great things he did for us, not moping about (even though it is REALLY hard!!) I miss Mr. Flath soo much. He was part of Hoover. I remember the first day of kindergarten when he talked to me. Hoover will never be the same for me...

Posted by d, a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I wasn't in Mr. Flath's class, but all the fifth grade classes did a lot of stuff together, so I saw him fairly often. I remember he was always in such a good mood and made everyone laugh, and all his students loved him. He also seemed so young, I can't believe he's gone now. It really makes me want to see all my old teachers, and brings back so many memories.
rest in peace Mr. Flath
(Hoover class of '05)

Posted by Dave Charleson, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 2, 2011 at 4:40 am

George's smile lit up the room. His loving, generous spirit needed no coaxing. It was always there for students, parents, friends and co-workers.

To George and those who are grieving, we send our love and prayers from New Jersey.

Posted by Danny Abramovitch, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

I met George years ago working on one of those all day parent-teacher committee things. I remember kidding him from that time and onward about how he had the tall Starbucks cup surgically attached to his hand. One of my kids was his student for 5th grade and the other had lots of class work with him. They both thought the world of him, as did I.

I will miss him.

Posted by Gail Mulcahy, a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2011 at 7:25 am

George was an exceptional teacher who challenged his students and made learning an adventure. I had the privilege of working in his classroom and loved his lively sense of humor and good cheer. It's just incomprehensible to think that he's gone. All I can do is send my love to his family and to the Hoover staff and students. Grieving with you in Texas, Gail Mulcahy

Posted by Lauren, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I wanted to be in his class but the class I'm in is also Better than I thought. I will miss you Mr. Flath! :'(

Posted by Adeline, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

He may not be here today, but he is the inspiration of my mind and the star in my heart. Mr. Flath was a very cheerful person, and I am sure he knows he is greatly honored. I know he is teaching the angels right now.

Posted by Betty Odom, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

George, I am so glad that I had the pleasure to have worked with you for 8 years. If I was down, I knew you would say something to make me laugh. You were like a brother to me. I will miss you and Hoover will not be the same without you. Rest in Peace.
Love Always, Betty O.

Posted by Delyna Cruz-Tanzi, a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

I went to high school with George and he was a dear friend. I'm so glad that he continued to touch lives with his humor. I had no idea George was teaching and cannot imagine a better career for him. My deapest sympathy goes out to his family, and to all of those young students who will grieve for their favorite teacher.

Posted by Jukana, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Feb 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

He was the person who lit up the room. He was the person who made everyone crack up. He was the first person I have ever met who could just make us laugh so easily. He will always be in our hearts and we will never forget him. When I first saw him, I imediately knew how much he cared about us. If someone didn't get something, he would help them until they got it. Puff would walk around the classroom, going under tables, trying to scratch us, and going up to Mr.Flath as if saying, "Your the best, Mr.Flath!" I was lucky to have him last year and the memories with him laughing will never wear off.

Posted by Former Hoover student, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Feb 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I had Mr.Flath last year, and it was awesome. He was the most amazing teacher I had ever had. When I left Hoover, I was very sad, but I looked back at all of the wonderful memories of the school and it cheered me up. He was always funny and always helped me when I was in trouble. I will never, ever, ever forget you, Mr.Flath. You will always live on in our memories.

Posted by KCD, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Feb 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

When I first heard the news, I was shocked. First, that Mr. Flath had passed away, and secondly just realizing how much he'd meant to me as a teacher in the third grade so many years ago!
I don't think anyone could forget the wrath of Flath or his ever present smile.
He was one of my favorite teachers at Hoover, someone who always believed in doing your best and truly caring about every single one of his students. He was the kind of person that you didn't want to disappoint because he knew you could always improve, and you really just didn't want to let him down.
He also really taught me to just be myself and not to worry about what other people thought because just being yourself makes you special. Even as a third grader I realized this which just emphasizes how amazing of a person he was himself!

As my co-worker said, "Why does God always take the good ones?"
All I can say is, Mr. Flath, you are missed by the many who had the privilege to know you.

Posted by Anushka, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Feb 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

Even though I was not in Mr. Flath's class, he was an AMAZING teacher. Even not being in his class full-time (I had an enjoyable science class with him for a trimester) he treated everybody with the same amount of love, kindness, and always shared his good humor. Any time Mr. Flath comes to my mind (Which has been quite often lately) all I can think about (yet mostly hear) is his jolly full laugh and his iPhone in one hand and his other-hand doing something else. He has touched so many lives, it is un-belivable. It's a shame, that all the people I know have died, they were all great people. Mr. Flath though. He was amazing. And Mr. George Flath, Rest in Peace. The clear warm skies above us, mean that you are gleaming down and spreading your sunshine all-around.

Mr. Flath will be missed tremendously for he was loved by all.

I love and miss you Mr. George Flath.

<3 :) :'(

Posted by Somebody, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Feb 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I can't believe he died.
He was an awesome teacher and althouogh I did not have him, he impacted me as well as the rest of the school.
I will always keep you in my heart, Mr. Flath.

Posted by T, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Two of my daughters had Mr. Flath as their teacher. One is now in high school and one was a student in his class at the time of his death. I've known him since 1995 when my older children attended Hoover. We last spoke during parent-teacher conference time. We talked about my daughter and then we had a general conversation. My children and I miss him greatly.

Posted by J, a resident of Hoover School
on Sep 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Right know i am in 5th grade at hoover. I wanted to be in his class.he was a great cheerful teacher well maybe the best teacher in the world.


Posted by Emily, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Sep 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I will never forget him!!!!

Posted by www, a resident of Professorville
on Sep 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

keep it in our hearts!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by John, a resident of Hoover School
on Feb 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I'm currently in 5th grade in Hoover but, I still miss him a lot!I remember the days when he just passed away Hoover seemed terrible no one had energy to play or speak also everyone was crying. My teacher Ms.Wingfield would always talk about him. Very sad......

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

"Ed Fitzpatrick, who has known Flath for 14 years, said Flath and his partner Randy Preece had met up with him and others at a friend's house Saturday evening for a glass of wine.

But instead of heading out to dinner with the group, Flath said he didn't feel well and ended up going home with Preece instead.

The next morning Flath woke up with a fever and a hurting stomach--"

This is very disturbing--the diagnosis is still vague and not yet determined

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