Tappan, Pugh remembered

The Buckhannon and Upshur County communities lost two important members of their families last week with the passing of Tappan Squires and Kermit Pugh.

Both Tappan and Kermit provided over three decades of service and friendship to the Upshur County Board of Education.

The impact that these two individuals had on their family, friends and co-workers was undeniable as powerful and poignant eulogies poured in on social media, text and face-to-face.

Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Athletic Director Debbie Shapiro, a friend to both Tappan and Kermit, shared a few thoughts about both amazing individuals and those thoughts were read prior to the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and Buckhannon-Upshur High School basketball games last Thursday and Friday.

Here are Debbie’s words for her two friends:

 “Our Buccaneer family has experienced the loss of two individuals. On Dec. 31, Tappan Squires lost her courageous battle with cancer. Tappan was a lifelong Buccaneer and had been a physical education teacher for 32 years and Buckhannon-Upshur High School. She was one tenacious lady facing cancer and fighting it for three long years. She worked teaching her students she loved right up until the last day of Christmas break. Tappan will be remembered for her selfless acts of kindness and the gracious lady she was and the friendships she game to many. 

“And while working at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School last week, our sweet, sweet custodian Kermit Pugh died of a massive heart attack.

Kermit was loved by all students and staff and on any day, Kermit could be seen helping students – giving students things that they themselves could not afford and providing love and support to the school staff.

Kermit had given 32 years of service to Upshur County schools as a faithful employee.

“The Buccaneer community will never forget the impact and kindness these two individuals had on the many lives that they touched. I ask that you keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.”

Tappan’s funeral took place this passed Saturday morning. Pugh’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday with visitation this evening from 4-8 p.m. at Fellowship Way in Buckhannon. His obituary can be seen on page 3A.


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