It is with great sadness that I share this heartbreaking news. Longtime Support Services staff member, Dean Bui, passed away on Wednesday evening due to complications from COVID-19. Mr. Bui’s passing is a tremendous loss for all of us and especially those who knew him well.
Mr. Bui was a powerful force for good and someone who understood the commitment to excellence in all that he did. I personally know that Mr. Bui’s expertise, knowledge of the district, work ethic, willingness to do whatever it took to support our students, staff and mission, and his ability to problem solve often complex challenges illuminated his impact on Our House. His personal integrity, quiet service, and positive outlook remain an example to us all.
Mr. Bui was hired in the Northshore School District on September 12, 1988. He spent 33 years with us and his work was evident on multiple campuses across our 60 square miles. In 1988, Mr. Bui was hired as a custodian in Business Services prior to moving to Inglemoor High School to provide custodial services in 1990. The Kenmore Junior High (Middle) community became the beneficiaries of Mr. Bui’s skills when he moved to that campus in 1994 and stayed until 1999. From 2000-2002, he worked in the Maintenance and Operations Department and was promoted to a maintenance equipment repair position in 2002. It is safe to say that in his 33 years with Northshore, Mr. Bui has had a lasting impact on our buildings and campuses and therefore, on the education experience of the thousands of students, staff and families who ever stepped foot on a school or district campus. His work and impact will live on …
So many have worked with Mr. Bui throughout the years and remember him as Director of Support Services, Bruce Skowyra, describes, “Dean was hardworking, dedicated and loyal; a special talent that could fix anything. He was small in stature with a big easy smile, always available to assist when help was needed. He set a great example at work for us all to follow. His quiet leadership was an inspiration. He will be missed, and never forgotten.”
Even if your child did not know Mr. Bui, the idea of death may bring up feelings from other deaths or losses experienced in the past. Everyone is likely to have different reactions at different times. Information at this link may be of assistance as you talk with your child about death and grieving.
I invite you to join me in keeping all those most closely affected in our thoughts and prayers. As for me, I will pray for that peace that passes all understanding to surround and support his family and all those in our district family today and in the coming days. I appreciate each of you, and especially at times such as this I am reminded of how important it is to cherish each and every day, as we never know….
Take good care,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
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