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Colleagues remember C-NS teacher who died of lymphoma

Marty Campbell, 29, died of lymphoma on May 17. The Cicero-North Syracuse High School teacher was remembered by colleagues and students as kind, caring and dedicated.

Marty Campbell, 29, died of lymphoma on May 17. The Cicero-North Syracuse High School teacher was remembered by colleagues and students as kind, caring and dedicated.

— Fellow teacher Michele Fletcher agreed.

“He was so generous with his time and his love,” Fletcher said. “The Social Studies Department knew he was special, but to see the outpouring of love by the entire building over these six months of his illness brought our school together in a very special way. He will be remembered by many as a wonderful educator, caring teacher and special friend.”

Chelsea Ryan, who had Campbell five years ago, wrote on his memorial page that he was he was “the most accepting, warm, loving, caring man I ever met.”

“You were the most amazing teacher and person I have ever met in my life,” Ryan wrote. “You helped my best friend and I through a lot that year... you would stay with us after class and after school and just talk to us about whatever needed to be talked about, global-related or not. You let us sit next to each other in your class that entire year, with never a second guess, because you knew we didn't ‘fit in’ with the kids in our class. You are a brilliant man... You were so kind to me and you always knew just what to say to lighten the mood. You were a spectacular teacher... not many students remember teachers 10-plus years down the road, but you, most of your students or students that came in contact with you remember full conversations with you, and will continue to remember you and your conversations for the rest of their lives. That is the kind of person I wish I could be...the kind of person that is remembered for their decency and kindness. You are forever in my heart, as well as many, many others'. You were one of a kind, Marty Campbell.”

A number of students expressed similar sentiments, which teacher Melissa Sisco shared while eulogizing Campbell on May 22. The high school closed that day so that students and staff could attend services for the beloved teacher. A few examples of the students’ thoughts include:

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