Remembering Chris Lemone

Staples High School was rocked today by the death of Chris Lemone. The 49-year-old Bethel resident passed away yesterday, of an apparent heart attack.

As the town’s Human Services Department’s student outreach counselor since 1998, Lemone touched many students. He was a strong, steady presence for those who had personal issues. He was also the guidance force behind the Teen Awareness Group. One of the most visible organizations on campus, TAG is best known for its annual sponsorship of Grim Reaper Day. Coming just before proms and graduation, it’s a crucial reminder of the dangers of drunk driving.

Just last week, TAG led a campaign against texting while driving.

Chris Lemone

Chris Lemone

Between his work with individual students and his tireless efforts with TAG, he saved countless lives. The exact number can never be known — but Lemone’s impact on Staples is clear and strong.

First Selectman Jim Marpe said Lemone “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.”

Human Services director Barbara Butler added:

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.

6 responses to “Remembering Chris Lemone

  1. Rocked, stunned, saddened are just some of the emotions I am feeling upon hearing this awful news. Chris was a wonderful man – sensitive, thoughtful, compassionate – and he provided sound words of wisdom to my daughter, Ariella, and me during some tumultuous times many years ago. She went on to be chosen as the Commencement speaker for the student body at Graduation in May and today, started her first day at her new job in NYC. Thank you Chris for all you did for all your students.

  2. A tragic loss for all. Chris was a seasoned clinician and a very nice human. He was kind and compassionate and had a great love for our field of helping. I once shared office space with him in Wilton – all interactions were marked by his incredible smile and relaxed attitude. I have recommended to many parents that they reach out for his special skills in helping their adolescent children. His abilities and skills will be sorely missed. May his family find strength during this very difficult time..and may they find comfort in knowing that he helped many others during his short journey here.

  3. This is a true loss for the Westport Public Schools. I first met Chris through PTA and Positive Youth Development. I forged a friendship and would often discuss issues that faced our kids. In fact he was quite helpful in navigating my own parenting issues. He would always give of his time and energy. I am so saddened by this loss. All my thoughts and best wishes to his entire family and all his friends, colleagues and students.

  4. Marcia Wright

    I am just shocked. I have worked with Chris and found him insightful and supportive. This is a tragic loss to the entire community. Condolences to his family.

  5. What a profound loss for so many, but especially for his family. I am so sorry.

  6. Chris (Lemmer) Lemone,,,,,,,,, U will be missed by ALL my friend. Teammates forever.

    God Bless your Family.