Sunday, June 11, 2017

Very Sad News

Hello Dear Friends

    I live in a small town and the School System that is in my Small Town is Super Great.  In fact I graduated from my former High School in my small town.

The High School Band Director whom everybody just loves including his Band Students and well know him as Mr. Fort and that is what we call him.  He is a very awesome Band Director and like I said everybody in my town really likes him.  He is so great with the Kids.  He has been teaching Band at the High School since 1985.  Before that he traveled around the world performing in a Band.

Yesterday afternoon he was out mowing his yard and he lives in my small town and we have been having extreme hot weather lately and continue to do so.  While he was out mowing his yard he had a Massive Heart Attack and died.  His neighbor who I am really good friends with as well she went over and started to give him CPR but he didn't make it.  The Paramedics was right there within 2 seconds and he still didn't make it.  He was in his early 60's.  He leaves behind his Wife, two daughters and a Son.

My Community - my Town - The High School Faculty, All of the Band Members - Present and Former Band Students of his - we all are very shock by his Death.  He was a very tall man and Skinny.  He was a very awesome person all the way around.

I had his two daughters in Day Care when I was working at the Day Care.  We became good friends through the Day Care.  He also had my one nephew and my one niece - Brother & Sister - as Band Students too so he knew my brother since they were in his Band and he knew me from Day Care when I had his two daughters in my Day Care Class.  His Daughters and Son are all grown up now and I think one might be married but not sure on this though.

He was just out on the high school field Thursday Night practicing with the Band Kids.

The Band always march in the 4th of July Parade in my Small Town but due to his death I don't know if they will or not since it is so close to the 4th and since he has passed away.  The Band always marched in front of my house every time there was a Parade in my town.

My Town - My High School - is never going to be the same ever again.  They will not be able to find another Band Teacher like Mr. Fort as we all call him that.  He always had a smile on his face and he always talked to everybody that he came into contact with.  In fact one of this former Band Students is now a Band Teacher at a Huge High School in a different state.  He was a very friendly Band Director Teacher.

We are all so very shock and we are all just devastated over Mr. Fort's Death.

Prayers for my High School - Prayers for my Small Town - Prayers for Mr. Fort's Family - Prayers for all of his Band Students Former and Present.

Thank you

God Bless You
Love & Prayers
Linda K


  1. Sorry for your loss and for so many others. He was a man well loved in the town.

  2. My that is sad! He sounds like an awesome guy.

  3. Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your town's band leader. I played in bad from elementary to high school, and I know the difference between an okay band leader and one who is a mentor, friend, and overall good example. Thoughts of healing to his family, friends, students, and town. --Andrea