Memories, thanks flow at special curtain call for ‘Mr. Glen’

SELBYVILLE – There was an extra-special curtain call Wednesday evening at Indian River School District’s Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

Halton Glen Timmons

School staff, faculty and students past and present, parents and community members joined family of Halton Glen Timmons for the dedication of a new stage curtain in memory of the school’s beloved longtime chief custodian – affectionately known as “Mr. Glen.”

Mr. Timmons passed away at age 59 in late June following a courageous nine-year battle with cancer.

His wife, Robin Timmons, son Travis and daughter-in-law Jodi and grandchildren Cheyenne, Maverick and Trenton were part of the full house at the K-8 magnet school that was Mr. Timmons’ home away from his Millsboro home.

“We are so happy to have so many people here with us tonight. It is really a special night for us here at SDSA.” said SDSA Principal Barkley Heck. “Mr. Glen will always be a part of this school. He is the heart and soul of our Southern Delaware School of the Arts.”

Mr. Timmons was on the custodial staff when Southern Delaware School of the Arts opened in 1998. School staff note that Mr. Timmons knew everybody by name and would go out of his way to help each and every student.

Mr. Timmons became something of a legend with his famous daily “Question of the Day.” He’d arrive around 6 a.m., do some research for that day’s question and present it to the students waiting anxiously in the cafeteria.

A 1976 Sussex Central High School graduate, Mr. Timmons continued to work at the school even while enduring the effects of chemotherapy.

In Mr. Timmons’ memory, the school launched a fund drive to purchase a much-needed new curtain for the cafeteria stage. The projected cost of the new maroon velvet-like curtain was about $4,000.

“We’re very excited for this grand drape that everybody has donated to,” said Ms. Heck. “It was such a great outpouring and we are just so very thankful here at SDSA.”

Talented musicians Kathleen Carter and Page Athey, both SDSA alumni, performed “Hallelujah” as the duo Package Deal during the dedication ceremony.

The ceremony was punctuated by a video slide show that featured some favorite student memories of the man who was far more than a custodian.

Some of those remembrances:

  • “I love Mr. Glen because when I was really sad he made me laugh and smile and he also gave me a lot of support when I did a school activity. He brought my hopes up every day.”
  • “I loved having Mr. Glen do ketchup duty at lunch, and he would ask us what color we were on, if we were good or bad. He would either give us a smiley face, a funny face or a sad face.”
  • “I remember when Mr. Glen would take somebody’s chair and put it outside when they were in the bathroom. It would make the whole class cry laughing.”
  • “Mr. Glen was one of the kindest people I knew. He had a great sense of humor and it was always fun trying to figure out the ‘Question of the Day.’ Mr. Glen was the shining face of the school and he will be remembered for that.”
  • “My favorite memory of Mr. Glen was when I asked him what the color of my shirt was, and he would always say the wrong color!”
  • “Mr. Glen was one of my favorite custodians. I remember how he would talk to us at lunch. He always did a great job keeping our school clean.”
  • “I really loved him, and he will always be remembered.”
  • “Mr. Glen was my favorite person who worked here at SDSA.”
  • “My memory of Mr. Glen is when I was crying at lunch and he walked over and asked why. I told him I had stage-fright. He said that I will be great, and he would be there to see it. And he did.”

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