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Remembering Ted Hilton

Remembering Ted Hilton
It is with a heavy heart that this community learned of the passing of Ted Hilton. Surrounded by and teaching children… that is how most will remember Mr. Hilton. He was more than the principal of West Side School for 43 years, his presence and legendary stories at assemblies continued throughout his life with visits to West Side. Each principal who followed in the footsteps of Mr. Hilton, welcomed him back to ring the bell at the start of opening day. He spoke on many occasions to instill his love of the 230-year history for West Side School to be sure it is remembered and carried forward by the students. Director of Technology, Mr. Joseph Monastero, shared, “Ted was a role-model and gentleman. He loved the children and staff of Cold Spring Harbor eternally. There is a saying that you should never meet your heroes because they will disappoint you. Ted was a hero to every child he met, and he never disappointed them. Those who were fortunate to work with Ted have fond memories of a leader who supported and encouraged growth in everyone.” West Side Principal, Alison Hazut, shared, “While I've only been at West Side a short time, I've heard many stories about Ted's leadership and the tremendous impact he had on so many children, families, and staff members. In each of the stories what resonates is his compassion, love of learning and the role of outdoor education. I feel fortunate to have met and spent time with Ted prior to COVID-19. We bonded about our shared love of Frost Valley YMCA camp in the Catskills where we both brought many children to experience nature and learn the importance of togetherness and teamwork. Thankfully, I was able to ring the West Side school bell with Ted last year -- a very special WS tradition.” He was truly an amazing man that has left behind a huge hole in West Side School's heart. Rest in peace, Mr. Hilton.