Obit: Brad Sergeant, 54, was popular teacher at DDSS

Monte Sonnenberg

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Brad Sergeant. (Facebook Photo)

Brad Sergeant. (Facebook Photo)


Students and staff at Delhi District Secondary School are mourning the death this week of a popular teacher.

Brad “Sarge” Sergeant taught at DDSS for 30 years. He died Sunday at home of cancer. He was 54 years old.

Sergeant took a leave of absence last summer and did not return for the current academic year. Grief counsellors were at DDSS Monday when his death was announced. His passing prompted the creation of a memorial page on Facebook that has attracted more than 300 followers.

“Mr. Sergeant was an amazing teacher,” Erica Trembley said in a typical comment. “He is one of the only reasons I passed math in Grade 10. As I remember, he was always smiling and laughing. He touched the hearts of everyone who he came in contact with. He was one of the happiest teachers I ever had at Delhi, always laughing and making jokes. I’m not sure why this happened to him, but I know that heaven has gained another angel. My heart and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Sergeant. Rest in paradise.”

Sergeant was not only a whiz at mathematics, he was a great athlete. While a high school student in Tillsonburg, he excelled at football and track and field. He was a member of the Annandale Marauders senior boys basketball team that won the all-Ontario ‘A’ title in 1976-1977. The team was inducted into the Tillsonburg Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 as a result.

Sergeant was already a fixture at DDSS when Alison High arrived on the scene in 1997. High went on to become vice principal and principal of DDSS before transferring to Simcoe Composite School in the fall. She says Sergeant had a talent for bringing the best out in students, both athletically and academically.

“Sarge was one of those teachers that you hope you can be or have in your classroom,” High said. “He was at Delhi for a long time. He coached basketball, track and field, and was involved with football. He ran the chains along the sidelines for home games for years and years.

“He was very patient, very kind and had high expectations. Students rose to the occasion for him. He was absolutely a leader and a mentor to the entire school. He was so many things to so many students.”

Sergeant could often be found during his lunch break in his classroom helping students with math equations. He was also a pioneer in applying computer programming to the organization of track-and-field meets.

Marc Dulmage replaced High as principal of DDSS. On Wednesday, Dulmage said it is clear from the comments he has heard that Sergeant’s passing has left a huge void that only time can remedy.

“We did have our board social worker and other support staff in on Monday,” he said. “The kids seem to be handling it pretty well. Kids have put a lot of positive comments on Facebook. It’s a sad situation.”

A scholarship fund in Sergeant’s memory has been established at DDSS.

The Verhoeve Funeral Home in Tillsonburg is handling arrangements. Visitations will be held Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be said at St. John’s Anglican Church in Tillsonburg 10 a.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation or Sleeping Children Around the World.

Monte Sonnenberg

519-426-3528 ext. 150


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