Two St. Bernard School teachers bid farewell as they retire

St. Bernard School teachers Lorraine Roy (left) and Emma DiPasquale have both wrapped up their teaching careers, as both have retired. DiPasquale spent the last 17 of her 29 years as a teacher at St. Bernard while Roy taught at St. Bernard as well as the former St. Theresa School, St. Anthony in Harrow and Stella Maris.

St. Bernard School teachers Lorraine Roy (left) and Emma DiPasquale have both wrapped up their teaching careers, as both have retired. DiPasquale spent the last 17 of her 29 years as a teacher at St. Bernard while Roy taught at St. Bernard as well as the former St. Theresa School, St. Anthony in Harrow and Stella Maris.

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of St. Bernard School teachers have called it a career.

The last day of school really was the last day of school for Lorraine Roy and Emma DiPasquale, as both have retired. DiPasquale spent 29 years as a teacher, the last 17 years at St. Bernard School with other stops being Sacred Heart, St. Joseph and St. John the Baptist in Belle River. Roy taught 22 years with 14 of those being at the former St. Theresa School with St. Bernard, St. Anthony and Stella Maris being her other stops.

“It’s sad and happy,” Roy said of her feelings last Friday afternoon, while DiPasquale called it “bittersweet.”

“We’re going to miss the kids and miss this place,” DiPasquale added. “It’s such a rewarding job. We’re going to miss the kids for sure.”

DiPasquale said they have each built a bond with the students as well as fellow staff members.

“We both have grandchildren. We are looking forward to spending time with them and our family members,” she added.

Roy said “you just know it innately” when it is time to retire. She added she plans on travelling “and just enjoying life.”

Roy taught LSST students while DiPasquale taught Grades 3-8 throughout her career.

“Instead of going to work, we can do whatever we want,” said Roy.

DiPasquale added, “it’s Saturday every day.”

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