Southern Delaware School of the Arts mourns the passing of beloved chief custodian

 

SELBYVILLE – Southern Delaware School of the Arts was born in 1998.

From day one, Halton Glen Timmons made Indian River School District’s K-8 magnet school sparkle as a member of the school’s custodial staff.

Halton “Mr. Glen” Timmons

But school’s 59-year-old chief custodian who died June 26 after a valiant nine-year battle with cancer was far more than that.

“He more like the ‘father of the school,’” said Anne Toomey, a secretary at SDSA. “With SDSA being so small it’s like a family. We have two classes of each grade, K-8. And he knew everybody by name. He took the time to stop and talk to them. He loved each and every student that has gone through our school; the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.”

A correspondence from Southern Delaware School of the Arts Principal Barkley Heck notifying the entire school family of his passing called Mr. Glen “the heart and soul of SDSA since it opened in 1998.”

In his memory, the school has launched a fund drive to purchase a much-needed new curtain for the cafeteria stage. The cost of the velvet-like curtain is $4,000.

The hope is for an official dedication during the 2017 holiday season.

Dedication plans will include a plaque and a framed photo of Mr. Timmons that will be displayed in the front of the cafeteria at the time of dedication.

The photo will feature a signature mat frame. Those making curtain-purchase donations in person at SDSA on Hosier Street are invited to sign the mat.

Mr. Timmons became something of a Southern Delaware School of the Arts legend with his famous brain-teasing “Question of the Day.”

Glen Timmons, who passed away Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer, was chief custodian at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Mr. Timmons’ morning “Question of the Day” for students gathered in the cafeteria is one of the many things for which he will be remembered.

“When he got here at 6 o’clock he would research and make a ‘Question of the Day.’ It could be a history question or something else,” said Ms. Toomey. “He had one every day. The kids in the cafeteria waited for this question. If they answered it sometimes they got a piece of candy, or just the honor of answering the question. The funny thing is some of the custodians would come running in here (office), for me to Google it. They’d come in here and say, ‘Hurry up and Google this’ and then the custodians would try to beat the kids.”

“That was his big thing,” said Ms. Toomey. “He loved being in the cafeteria with the kids, helping them.”

Mr. Timmons, a resident of Millsboro and a 1976 Sussex Central High School graduate, continued to work at the school even while enduring the devastating effects of chemotherapy.

“That is what kept him going,” said Ms. Toomey. “Like his wife told me, it was: his family, his God and then us; his school. Those were the three things that mattered. He worked right up until the very end until he absolutely could not.”

“We were blessed to have him in our family and he will be so missed by all of us,” added Ms. Toomey. “He was such an important part of SDSA and has left us with so many wonderful memories.”

Among other family members, Mr. Timmons is survived by his wife Robin Timmons; son Travis Timmons and three grandchildren, Cheyenne, Maverick and Trenton Timmons.

Curtain purchase donations

SDSA is accepting donations now through Sept. 8 in hopes to unveil the grand drape during the 2017 holiday season.

Checks should be made to SDSA (please include Glen’s name and your license number on the check memo line) and sent to: Southern Delaware School of the Arts, 27 Hosier Street, Selbyville, DE 19975.

The donation box and signature mat are in the front office at SDSA.

Viewing/service

Services will be held this Saturday, July 1 at Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

Viewing is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The service will follow.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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