2015-11-11 / Front Page

Memorial For JHS 157 Teacher

The entire school was papered with letters of remembrance from Josh Abrams’ adoring students.

The entire school was papered with letters of remembrance from Josh Abrams’ adoring students. Hundreds of students, parents, teachers and staff of JHS 157 Stephen A. Halsey in Rego Park gathered together after school in the schoolyard on November 2 to celebrate the life of their beloved girls’ physical education teacher Josh Abrams, who suffered a tragic accident and passed away on October 16, at age 39.  Principal Vincent Suraci; fellow physical education teacher and dear friend Robert Kagen; 8th grader Gabriella Christian, 7th grader Sophie Kleinberg, and At the end of the memorial service, everyone released balloons of orange and blue to the heavens in the team colors of Abrams’ beloved Mets.At the end of the memorial service, everyone released balloons of orange and blue to the heavens in the team colors of Abrams’ beloved Mets.alumna Ashley Weintraub (read by her mother Shelly Weintraub); and Parents’ Association President Kitti Fisher-Borgatti delivered heartfelt tributes to a teacher who touched many with his charismatic personality, infectious laugh, caring and playful spirit, as well as his love for learning and teaching.  In addition, the Halsey select chorus, led by Sara Shikowitz, sang two moving songs in his honor.  Abrams was a devoted Mets fan, and the school community wore T-shirts donated by the Mets and released orange and blue balloons into the air to celebrate his life. Abrams is survived by his beloved wife Jessica and son Axel, his parents Barbara Bixby and Arthur Abrams, and many loving friends and relatives. Friends have created a gofundme page to assist with the education of his two-year-old son and baby on the way: www.gofundme/inmemoryofjosh.

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