Fred Bommer of Centerville died Oct. 31. This extraordinary man was a math enrichment volunteer in the Barnstable Public Schools for over 20 years, and I had the privilege of working alongside him for 12 of those years.

Fred was the great-grandparent of the several thousand fourth- and fifth-grade students he taught over the years, but to the children, he was a rock star! Fred chose to teach four full days per week, his creativity capturing the imagination of the students. Soon after each school year began students would stop me in the hall, exclaiming, “I love Mr. Bommer!”

Fred was a beloved presence in the former Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School in Marstons Mills; the staff there, and those who have moved on to other Barnstable schools, remember him fondly. While a volunteer, Fred was recognized by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Red Cross with a “Heroes” award, and he received a prestigious award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Fred set a model for giving back to the community that he loved. I hope some of the many students whose lives he touched will read this today and remember him forever, as I will.

Diane Mandeville

Marstons Mills

The writer is a teacher at Hyannis West Elementary School.