This past weekend the Skyline community endured another devastating loss of a beloved teacher. Mr. James Delbridge passed away after battling cancer for many years.
Monday morning began with a school-wide notification and touching eulogy by English teacher Mr. Tim Jollymore. Some staff and parents were informed of his passing the day before.
Many students that knew him shed tears as the announcement was made. Teachers were also broken up by the loss. Six substitutes, for instance, were ordered to fill in for teachers that appeared to be absent as a result.
Mr. Delbridge taught math in the Oakland Unified School District for twenty years and was an avid supporter of Skyline. Beyond teaching he held tutoring services in math welcoming all students – not just his own. More so he is remembered as the man who persevered and didn’t allow his struggle with cancer to drain his bright smile and prevent him from teaching. Some students expressed that he never displayed any sign of a health problem.
Senior Nancy Bui remembers her junior year math teacher and tutor as “an amazing person.” “He was passionate about his teaching and his smile was contagious,” she said.
Senior Angela Wu described Mr. Delbridge as a great human being who was one of the best teachers at Skyline. “Even if you weren’t his student, he was always there, offering his assistance.”
This was the first loss for the school this year. Just a year ago, Skyline endured the loss of another cherished parent and personnel, Ms. Tonya Burns.
Memorial services are being planned for Delbridge in Berkeley later this month.