A teacher from Michigan has his life to the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. The teacher, Joe Hoffer, aged sixty one, died last week from the asbestos related cancer. A former board president for the Holland Public Schools and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District he leaves behind a widow, three children, and three grandchildren.

OAISD Superintendent Karen McPhee said: “Joe always demonstrated a special place in his heart for students who struggled and students who needed some alternatives to how they were going to find success. Joe was one of the good guys who cared deeply about people, personally and professionally. His soft spot was for students who, for whatever reason, needed non-traditional ways to earn a diploma, which he believed were so important.”

She added: “On the board, he was kind of a story teller, and it was a great style. He was a good leader. He cared deeply for the school district and kids. It doesn’t get any better than that. His fingerprints are still all over Holland Public Schools.”

Mr Hoffer is said to have believed that he was exposed to asbestos not at the school but while he was at college and took a part time job at a furnace factory.

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