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From Bob Mengerink
The education world lost a true hero this week when my friend and colleague, Joe Bergant, died. Joe had so many enduring qualities that defined his greatness. If you needed Joe’s help he always said yes. He was as cool and calm under pressure as anyone I have ever known. He genuinely loved everyone. I had the honor to hire Joe for his first administrative position and his last. He often called me "boss" with that sly smile he always displayed knowing the term never fit our relationship – rather he was a treasured friend who always gave whatever he had without concern for what he would receive. His smile disarmed even the toughest of characters that often confront school leaders. He was smart, funny, dedicated and an honorable man. I will forever miss his presence in my life. I love you Joe. 
July 5, 2019 

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6393 Oak Tree Boulevard South, Independence, OH 44131
P:(216) 524-3000  |  F:(216) 524-3683  |
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