TRAGIC LOSS: Beloved Malden High School Staffer Killed in Crash
Student Supervisor Paul Famiglietti, 54, of Malden, crashed his motorcycle on Route 2 East near Westminster Saturday.
A popular Malden High School staffer was killed when his motorcycle swayed into the breakdown lane and hit a guard rail on Route 2 East in Westminster Saturday afternoon.
Student Supervisor Paul Famiglietti, 54, of Malden, crashed near Exit 26 while riding bikes with his son around 3:45 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation by state police.
No information about memorial services were immediately available Saturday night.
Friends, students remember
Principal Dana Brown, who spoke with Malden Patch from the Famiglietti residence Saturday night, said he hired the popular staff member nine years ago.
Brown also spoke to students during an impromptu candlelight vigil outside of the school.
“He has been a jack of all trades, man of all seasons, for nine years,” he said. “The kids dedicated the yearbook to him a few years ago, because he's so beloved."
Famiglietti also served as a publicist for the school, even authoring a blog about the school's activities and students for Malden Patch.
"He had hundreds of pictures of us in his classroom; he took pictures all the time and he wasn't even in the photography club," former student Phillip Morose remembered. "He was a great photographer, great teacher and a great person."
“He really, really, really was beloved by everyone,” Brown emphasized. “I don't know anyone who had a cross word for him. It's going to be very difficult for the school to bounce back.”
Brown said the school would open at 10 a.m. Sunday for grieving students to come together for support.
A second vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday.
“He was absolutely...one of the most trusted, valuable colleagues I've ever worked with,” Brown said. “I could count on him for anything. He was just great for the school, great for the kids. One of those guys you just don't replace.”
"Mr. Fam" goes viral, and the Famigliettis respond.
Students took to social media to spread the news of their teacher's passing, as well as to organize an impromptu candlelight vigil at the school.
The students tweeted so much that "Mr. Fam" became one of the most discussed topics on the site for the Boston area.
While they weren't available for an interview Saturday, Amy took to Twitter herself to reach out to student mourners.
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love and support," she wrote. "The amount of support is overwhelming.
"My father loved his job and all of you."