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Teacher's sudden death shocks Waverly-Shell Rock

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Bradley A. Smith (1959-2012)

WAVERLY, Iowa --- Educators are mourning the loss of a colleague and friend.

Bradley Smith, 52, a special education teacher at Waverly-Shell Rock High School, died Saturday at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. He had worked at the high school since 2009.

Previously, he taught 14 years at Bremwood Residential Treatment Center in Waverly.

Colleagues said Smith's death reportedly to a heart attack came as a shock.

Principal Ken Winter said Smith will be hard to replace.

"Brad was a dedicated teacher and a great mentor for kids," Winter said. "He was well-liked by not only the students (but) the faculty, his peers he worked with."

Justin Stockdale, principal for AEA 267-Bremwood in Waverly, said Smith had a great attitude and got along well with others.

"Just an all around good guy," Stockdale said. "(He) had a great relationship with all the students he served. Great sense of humor. Saw the lighter side of things."

Margaret Reints, a paraeducator for AEA 267, worked with Smith during summer school sessions. She remembers him as a wonderful father, teacher and friend, always there for students with a laugh, hug, or whatever was needed, Reints wrote in an email to The Courier.

Smith also enjoyed woodworking and drawing and uses those gifts to connect with students. And they loved it.

"They were beaming from their completed projects and stuff," Stockdale said.

Waverly-Shell Rock administrators will meet with faculty and students today to discuss Smith's passing. Counselors will be on hand for those who need to talk or reminisce, Winter said.

"We are going to miss this gentleman," he added.

A memorial service will begin at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Rada Auditorium in the high school.

Visitation and funeral services will be Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, in Wilton.

A Bradley A. Smith Family Fund has been established. Donations to the fund can be made at any Lincoln Savings Bank location, including the one in Waterloo at 242 Tower Park Drive.

Smith's survivors include his sons, Britton and Braydon Smith of Plainfield.


1/27 - Clarification added: In the second to last paragraph, an additional sentence has been added to clarify that donations can be made at any Lincoln Savings Bank location.


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PLAINFIELD - Bradley A. Smith, age 52, of Plainfield, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo.

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