EUGENE, Ore. -- Students, teachers and parents are honoring longtime volunteer Dave Haverstock, who died last Wednesday from stage four stomach cancer.
Haverstock, who was 74 years old, worked with autistic children at multiple schools in our area.
Many Bridgeway House students told KEZI 9 News Haverstock was more than just a mentor. They said he was a friend and someone they could talk to whenever they needed help. That's why when they learned of his passing last week, they were heartbroken.
One teacher said she'd never seen someone so effortlessly make students feel comfortable. She said he even put her nerves at ease when she first started at the school.
"He was the kind of person who was helping our children, but they didn't even know it," said Phoebe Bloom, a parent of a child who goes to Bridgeway House. "It didn't feel like therapy to them, but we saw the difference in them having that adult that took that time."
Haverstock continued to be a support system for the kids even during his last months of life. When he couldn't come in anymore, his wife made sure his wishes were fulfilled.
"He was an enormous gift. It made a big change for my son's experience for a year of just growing up, so thank you," Bloom said.
Some of his students plan on making a mural in his honor.
A memorial service will be held for him on Wednesday, May 8, at 1 p.m. at the first Baptist Church in Eugene.