WESTPORT, Conn. -- First Selectman Jim Marpe released the following statement on the death of Chris Lemone:
"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of town employee Chris Lemone. Chris served as the Human Services Department’s student outreach counselor at Staples High School since 1998. He will be sorely missed by his co-workers, high school parents and, most importantly, the many students at Staples High School for whom he was an outstanding source of comfort and guidance.
"Chris held a master's in counseling and was credentialed as a licensed professional counselor. He served as a resource for Staples students and families, especially as a counselor, but also as a facilitator for the Teen Awareness Group, which he helped students form. The numbers of TAG participants and related programs has grown enormously throughout the years, in great measure because of Chris’ involvement.
"Human Services Director Barbara Butler stated, 'TAG has become a part of the fabric of the Staples High School community, and Chris was justifiably proud of the TAG students and what they accomplished year after year. His thoughtful guidance was a key element in the group’s success. Chris was a wonderful man, teacher, counselor, mentor and friend.'”
"On behalf of the town of Westport, his fellow employees, and the numerous young people who Chris worked with and inspired, we mourn with Chris’ wife, children and family. As a community, we will work together to give them our support during this difficult time in the same way that Chris supported the children and families of Westport throughout his career. Details on services are incomplete at this time."
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