On Sept. 20, Holy Trinity School gave a special surprise sendoff to Ken Brown, who retired after 12 years as a Westfield crossing guard stationed at the Catholic school.

No stranger to public service, Mr. Brown spent his career working at the Postal Service and is also a retired Marine. He brought that same sense of service to safely crossing Holy Trinity School children and parents, as well as those from nearby Westfield High School, while also directing traffic. And he did it all with a smile. Even in the most treacherous weather and traffic, Mr. Brown was a friendly, welcoming face to all he encountered on the job.

From special handshakes to the latest weather report, Mr. Brown always had a few minutes of time to share. But he also knew when to be firm. Parents knew better than to block a fire hydrant or park in other restricted areas. “You can park wherever you want,” he’d tell parents and guardians with a smile, “but not in the yellow.”

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An alumnus of Holy Trinity, Mr. Brown held a special place in his heart for the school and its students. When they learned of his impending retirement, Holy Trinity Principal Dr. Adele Ellis and Home and School Association parent Candice Stenho jumped into action to arrange a proper farewell. His final morning on duty, the entire school community greeted him in front of the building, holding crossing guard stop signs, and singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” Mr. Brown and his family, also on hand for his last day, were pleasantly surprised by the display of how loved and appreciated he was by the Holy Trinity School and greater Westfield communities.

Mr. Brown thanked all who participated, stating that he loved his job because of the children and families of Holy Trinity School. He said he never had an issue or an argument on the job, and was always treated with the utmost respect. The school presented Mr. Brown with a gift and good wishes for his retirement.

He will continue to be welcome at all Holy Trinity events, including monthly meetings of the school’s “faith families,” during which groups of students from multiple grade levels participate in various activities. His presence will be missed, but the kindness he showed toward students and families will be forever remembered.

Since 1916, Holy Trinity School has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential, both spiritually and academically. Holy Trinity School is currently accepting students at all grade levels for the 2020-2021 school year, including middle school. Holy Trinity School, preparing our future now. www.holytrinityschool.org.