Patrick Sapmaz, 29
Patrick A. Sapmaz, 29, of Niles, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at his home of natural causes.
Arrangements are being completed by Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.
R.I.P u will be missed
To the family of Patrick Sapmaz,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Patrick. I had the pleasure of first meeting Patrick this past May, when he was a student in my English class. It did not take long for me to see that Patrick was a talented writer of both compositions and songs. On the very last night of class I had the privilege of hearing several of the songs that he had recorded. I was struck by the special care he had taken to choose just the right words to express his feelings. His music helped me gain an appreciation for where he had been and for where he was headed. There is no doubt in my mind that Patrick had a gift for writing and rapping, yet I think his greatest gift was something that I witnessed from the very first night of class — his compassion for others. In class, Patrick was quickly identified as a person who could be counted on, someone to turn to for support. Whether it was helping with an assignment or listening to a classmate’s problem, I noticed in Patrick a gentle, patient, caring man who put others’ needs before his own. At the beginning of every semester, I tell my students that I will learn just as much if not more from them, than they will from me, and that what I learn from each one of them will make me a better teacher. I want to tell you what I learned from Patrick this semester. I learned that real men aren’t afraid to write or rap about their feelings. I learned that students who may perceive themselves as having more weaknesses than strengths are not afraid of any challenge I put before them to do better. I learned that there is usually one student listening to me eventhough it may look like none of them are. I will remember Patrick and the lessons he taught me every time I work with a new group of students. Thank you, Patrick, for helping to be a better teacher.