(Copyright 1996. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

July 15, 1996

Teacher's death leaves a void


St. Paul Catholic High School won't be the same next

William Hyland, a drafting teacher and coach who
spent 27 years at the school, died suddenly in May,
leaving a void that many say can't be filled.

As former coach of the football, wrestling and girls
basketball teams, Mr. Hyland was dedicated, touching
many lives with volunteer work from the city soup
kitchen to school athletic events.

"Mr. Hyland was my favorite teacher," sophomore
Kevin Rivenburgh said. "He will never be replaced in
my mind."

Maybe it was the special way in which Mr. Hyland
regarded people that made him one of the best-liked
teachers at St. Paul -- or maybe it was his generosity
or wry sense of humor.

"Bill know the score in the game of life," said St. Paul
English teacher Roland Corbin, who was a close friend
of Mr. Hyland.

Troubled students sought out Mr. Hyland for help.

"He'd always ask how I was doing and help solve my
problems," said senior Peter Zelek.

"I remember canoeing on Pine Lake, summer of '94,"
said Corbin. "We watched a crane sail across the
waters and disappear towards the preserves on the
south side of the lake."

Corbin said Mr. Hyland had a knack for "always
finding the positive" in young people.

"I have the last lav pass he ever gave out," said senior
Jim Tabellione. "It was 10 minutes before he
collapsed. I'm keepin' it forever."