By MEGHAN PIERCE
PETERBOROUGH — ConVal High School has counseling available to students mourning the loss of alum, teacher and coach Nick Seymour.
“Our counselors will remain available throughout tomorrow and into next week. Students who wish to bring flowers are encouraged to place them at the flagpole on the front apron,” principal Gib West said in an email to parents and guardians Thursday night.
Seymour, 29, of Peterborough died in a car crash on Route 101 in Wilton Wednesday afternoon while traveling from his teaching job at Merrimack High School to his coaching position at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge.
West wrote in an email Thursday night that an announcement was made to students that morning.
“After a moment of silence this morning, we shared the sad news with students. In the same announcement, we also encouraged them to seek out our school counselors if they needed support during the day,” West wrote in the email.
Seymour left behind a wife and two children.
“Nick Seymour’s passing is a tragic loss, both for our school and our wider community. For those students for whom school was a challenge or an obstacle, Nick was their champion. He maintained high expectations for all students, regardless of their abilities, and celebrated their successes, both great and small. He was proud to be a graduate of ConVal who returned to give back to our community,” West wrote. “Today, one of his former students posted on Facebook that, if it hadn’t been for Mr. Seymour, she never would have had the courage or the ability to attend college. Nick Seymour was a kind and caring person who was as passionate about his students as he was about history.”
Seymour began his teaching career at South Meadow School in 2011 as a 6th grade and 7th grade social studies teacher, according to West.
“In August 2013, he transitioned to the high school and taught here from 2013 until 2017. He was also a member of the football coaching staff for eight seasons. As an alum, a teacher, and a coach, he will always be a part of us,” West wrote. “We ask that our community continue to care for one another, not only in this time of loss but always. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all strive to come to terms with the loss of a cherished colleague, friend, and mentor.”