Breaking news: A student from Trottier has died

It breaks my heart to bring you this news, although I suspect a good number of you already know. Trottier Middle School seventh grader Eric Green passed away last night at his home from complications of a seizure condition. He was 12 years old.

In a letter to parents, Trottier Principal Keith Lavoie said the school’s crisis team assembled as soon as they heard the news. Students were later informed of Eric’s death by their homeroom teachers. The district-wide student support team was at Trottier to offer additional support to those students who needed it.

Because they ride the bus with Trottier students, Neary students were also told the news by their teachers, so they wouldn’t hear it first from others on the bus. “We plan to tell our students about Eric’s death and explain that whether or not students knew Eric, either of his siblings or the family, we have lost a member of our community,” Neary Principal Linda Murdock wrote in an email to parents.

After hearing the news, Neary students were given time to ask questions and write cards if they chose too. Both Neary and Trottier eventually returned to their normal school schedules, with both principals noting the importance of routine.

“We’ll remember Eric as a smart, caring young man who loved his school and community. He was well connected to Trottier with many friends, and he brought his passion for learning and intellectual curiosity to all of his academic work,” Lavoie wrote. “He loved being a part of our band and his dedication to excelling at his trumpet playing made him a stellar member of our elite Big Band group. He will be missed.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but I’ll pass them along when they are.

Please join me in keeping Eric’s family in your thought and prayers. Parents, hug your children extra tight tonight.

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Gretchen Hartnett
10 years ago

The world has lost a treasure today. Eric Green was truly all good. Simply one of the kindest, brightest, hardest working and sweetest boys there could ever be. He was a role model for his friends, peers and for all grown-ups as well. He will be deeply and sorely missed. It was an honor to have him in our lives. His star will surely shine bright tonight. Peace to the Greens.

Tom Shoemaker
10 years ago

God bless you Eric. Peace and comfort to the Green family and friends.

Trottier Student
10 years ago

Eric Green was an amazing kid. His hard work was an inspiration to all of trottier. I knew him from band. He was an unbelievable Trumpeter. His hard work and aditude rubbed off on the Big Band and the Concert Band. We are all going to miss him. Eric was not only a great musician but a great friend. He would reach out to anyone and was incredibly kind.
I will never forget Eric

CRD
10 years ago

RIP Eric, We will all miss you. Prayers and Thoughts for the family.

Amy Richardson
10 years ago

As my son has said for years- one of the nicest boys around- My heart breaks for the Greens. You truly raised a wonderful boy- There are no words just know you have a whole community behind you. Our prayers are with you- Eric you will be missed but we will never forget you!

Trottier Student
10 years ago

A text went around…trottier will wear green tomorrow

Another Trottier Student
10 years ago

Eric was one of the most amazing kids I knew. Everyday he would come to school with a smile on his face. He was also a complete genius. I didn’t know him that well, but I remember the kindness that he gave me, like helping me with my math homework. School is going to feel empty without him there. Eric was so talented at school, lacrosse, and trumpet and was an outstanding young man. He lived a short but incredible life. My heart goes out to his friends and family.
I would also like to remind trottier students to wear green tomorrow to honor Eric.

Anna Stephens
10 years ago

The Worcester academy (where many students from southborough go there) will be “going green” by wearing green for our dress down day tomoro. A mass email was sent out to the school.

Pat Quill
10 years ago
Reply to  Anna Stephens

St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury also wore green today in celebration of
Eric Green’s life and in support of his family………all organized by Southborough boys. So proud of our kids.

Dustin Hartnett
10 years ago

Eric was an amazing kid. He was one of my very close friends and was always kind to me and everyone he saw. He always had nice and positive things to say to people. He was also an excellent trumpet player. I was in Big Band with him and he always sounded great. I admire how he always gave 110% no matter what he was doing. People around our school would always consider themselves Eric’s friend because he was always so nice to them and he included everyone. Eric will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace. We miss you. My good wishes go to all friends and family.
Dustin Hartnett

Trottier Student 2
10 years ago

All students from trottier excperienced a terrible loss today as i walked down the hall today i saw sadness. As a member of the trottier student body i did not have the privilage of getting to know Eric but he was said to be nice, funny, and smart. I hope he rests in peace and he will always be remembered as a great person. Any parents thats are reading this remind your child to wear green to school tomorrow to honor Eric and all of his acomplishments. He will be forever missed. They say the good die young, i believe that it is so they can enjoy heaven longer than those who live a full life. Again rest in peace Eric
-Jenna Bayko

Nick Libby
10 years ago

Eric was the most positive kid I knew. He was always happy. I can’t remember a time when someone was angry with him or the other way around. Just like Dustin, I had the pleasure of being in Big Band and Concert Band with him. He always was ready to go with a cheerful attitude. His athletic and academic ability just put him over the top. With him playing 4 sports and being an A++ student he was the ultimate role model. Everyone in school was his friend no matter who they were.
In honor of Eric, everyone in Trottier should wear green tomorrow.

James Walsh
10 years ago

Eric was truly a nice kid. I met him in third grade on my basketball team. Since then I never really got to know him that well, but now I wish I knew him better. Today the whole grade was in complete shock when we got the news. He was on two of my basketball teams and on one my baseball teams. He was also an outstanding trumpet player in the Big Band and I enjoyed listening to his solos. He also got a Trottier P.A.C.E. Award last year, for being an outstanding student. All I know was he was one of the nicest, smartest, and most talented kids I ever met. I wish he was still around so I could have gotten to know him better. Rest in Peace Eric.
P.S. Everyone wear green tomorrow.

Tracy Bertonazzi
10 years ago

Sending thoughts and prayers to the Green family. My heart is breaking for you as you face the loss of your young son. Know that even if we don’t personally know you we will keep you and Eric in our prayers as you face the difficult days ahead. May God bless you and bring you peace.

Another Southboro Mom

Danny Fier
10 years ago

Eric was a great kid, and a wonderful person. He was kind, caring, and friendly to everyone. He always tried his hardest, especially on the trumpet in band. He was a great friend and neighbor, and all of us have many fond memories of Eric. He will be greatly missed in the community, and we will remember him forever. My best wishes go to his family. Rest in Peace, Eric.

ARHS Student
10 years ago

It’s amazing to see what an amazing community we have.. students of Southboro schools aren’t the only ones affected by this loss.. Algonquin has been feeling the pain and everyone is affected in some way. We’re all planning to “go green” tomorrow. The entire school is truly devastated that such a tragedy could occur to two of our own classmates- Eric’s older siblings. We’re coming together and helping support the family in all ways possible. The people of this community are showing how truly supportive they are in times of need. Keep the Greens in your prayers and may Eric’s memory live on. Rest in peace little man.. we’re all thinking of you over here

Anupma Nath
10 years ago

Eric’s death is such a shockingly sad ! We will keep praying for the family. May God give them the courage to face this hard time !

Southboro Mom,

Anu

Another Trottier Student
10 years ago

People can also honor Eric by writing a green EG on their hand. R.I.P Eric <3

Don Axline
10 years ago

What an unbelievable loss! I had the opportunity to help coach Eric in youth lacrosse. He always came to play, both in practice and at games. He was focused, hard working, talented, respectful, driven, dedicated, and much, much more. Just a joy to be around and have the opportunity to work with. He will be dearly missed! My thoughts and prayers go out to the Green Family and all friends.

“Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

Don Axline

The Dyer Family
10 years ago

Words can not express our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and community for the sudden tragic passing of an all-star well rounded beautiful young man who will always be remembered as talented, a Scout, brilliant, athletic, and friend to all. An Angel must have been needed in Heaven to be taken from such a wonderful family. Our thoughts, prayers, and strength to comfort you will be with you always Green family. XO Barbara, Paul, Mark, Sierra Dyer

The McDonald Family
10 years ago

Many hearts are broken in our community today. We are so very sorry for your loss. May you find strength in your family, friends and our community. To Erics siblings: Be strong for each other and for your parents. I know ARHS will be there for you. Find support and love from all those around you. Reading the comments, Eric was a special boy who touched many in a short time. You should all be very proud.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Parents: treasure your children and be kind… no matter the challenges.

Another Southboro Mom who cares

Anna Stephens
10 years ago

Wow what an amazing out pouring response at Worcester academy for wearing green to honor eric : )
Rest in peace angel,
Anna Stephens and The Stephens family

Judy Boyle
10 years ago

My heart goes out to the Green Family. God Bless You All!

While I am sure there are many people asking what they can do, please know that there are several dozens of volunteers at Northborough/Southborough Neighbor Brigade who are on stand-by…this week or next year…to assist with meals, shopping, pet walking, rides, house cleaning etc. I have attached the website here!

Alex Pietropaolo
10 years ago

Eric was the nicest kid I have ever met. It was such a shocker. I remember just yesterday him in math class sitting directly behind me, seemingly fine. He had such life long potential. He was intelligent, thoughtful, respectful, and very good at the trumpet. He was a well rounded kid. Its not fair what happened. Only thirteen…. rest in peace Eric we will never forget you.

Rachel
10 years ago

My heart goes out to the family. May God comfort you.

Eileen Prefontaine
10 years ago

Our family was so sorry to hear about Eric’s passing, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family and his friends.

Bob & Fran Flynn
10 years ago

Our prayers go out to Suzy, Peter, Kristy & Alex on the loss of a wonderful son and brother. Eric had a sparkle in his eyes and joy in his heart when he did the things he loved. His passion for lacrosse was always evident on his smiling face as a player on the Northborough-Southborough Tomahawks for the past five seasons. Just last fall he had the opportunity to hang out with the captain of the local professional lacrosse team and the championship trophy, at the Southborough House of Pizza. We will all miss him greatly. – Bob & Fran Flynn

Morgan Magnussen
10 years ago

The Green family is so incredible and so strong. I’ve known them for a few years now and have been blessed with having Kristy Green as a friend. From the times I got to spend with Eric I could tell he was a remarkable kid and so full of heart. I knew Eric to always be smiling and I know that up in heaven is smiling down on us so proud of all the support our community is giving the Greens. He is now a beautiful angel resting in paradise.

Tommy Wendt
10 years ago

Eric was nicest and smartest kid i have ever met. He will be greatly missed. R.I.P Eric Green

The Fuce Family
10 years ago

Our sincerest sympathy to Suzy, Peter, Christy, and Alex. What a tragedy to lose your wonderful brother and son. I have always enjoyed seeing Alex as an amazing big brother for Eric…two brothers, so alike in so many ways–what a memory to treasure as you go through life, Alex. A family of strong faith–we will be with you in prayer and support.

Natalie- a trottier 7th grader
10 years ago

Eric was the nicest kid. He always was smiling and that smile will never be forgotten. He was also the smartest kid. He was in one of my classes and would always get 100% on his tests and would always answer questions right. It’s upsetting to think he’s gone and I will never forget him. And to Mr and Mrs Green, you did a great job raising him. My best wishes go out to the Greens and I will always pray for them.

Lizzy Quill
10 years ago

Eric your presence is missed and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace.

A Classmate of Eric's
10 years ago

It is such a terrible loss, and I am still utterly shocked. At school today, 99% of the students were wearing green. That in itself shows how many of us admired Eric’s love of learning and his forever positive attitude. There was also a large number of people that were so saddened that they had to leave school. My heart aches for The Green Family and all of his friends, especially the ones who were strong enough to return to school today. Though his life was so tragically short, he should be proud of the impact that he had on all of the people who had the honor of knowing him.
Rest In Peace.

Danielle & Sandy Hastie
10 years ago

Even though I didn’t know him my daughter Danielle did
we are very sorry to he this new our thoughts go out to
the family, and Eric rest in peace and God Bless you with
all our sympathy the Hastie’s

Carey Davis
10 years ago

Eric, no matter what, had a smile on his face. He never stopped laughing or being friendly. Even though some of us didn’t know him very well, Eric was a friend to everyone. He excelled in band with us and he was the perfect person to look up too… and still is. Eric, I will always remember you smiling and having a good time. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace and my thoughts go out to your family.

Annelise Eppen
10 years ago

I don’t know how to put into words what I felt when I heard about Eric’s passing. I am so used to see his smiling face at school everyday, and hearing of all his wonderful acedemic, musical, and athletic accomplishments. I wasn’t particularly close with Eric, and I wish I got to know him better because he was such an incredible young man. There is something that we can all learn from Eric. It is to live your life to the fullest potential with a positive attitude and smile on your face. Though Eric’s life came to a tragic end, his legacy lives on in all our hearts. Rest in peace Eric.
“So much of me
Is made from what I learned from you.
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart.”
-For Good (Wicked)

Morkerts
10 years ago

Melican Middle also honored Eric with green today. Although I have never met him, he has touched so many others, including my family. God must have really needed such a special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Be strong and remember all the good times to keep his memory with you always.

Ian Bourdon
10 years ago

Eric excelled in anything he tried and he tried many different things. He was a good friend and would always cheer you up even when times were sad. Myself and many other people miss him so much and he will always be in our hearts. His death was a shock to many and it has brought about so much sadness, but even in this time of grief we must move on with our life and not bring with us the sadness of his death, but the happy memories he has given us.
R.I.P
-Ian B
P.S If any of his family reads this i want to say that I am terribly sorry for your loss

Jenna
10 years ago

When I heard that Eric has passed away I was so shocked. I didn’t feel like it was real. I can’t believe that I will never see Eric again. He was on my bus and I remember him always giving me a piece of gum. I did not really know Eric that well, but I do know that he was very smart, athletic, and SO nice. Eric you will be missed by everyone. He was in the trotter big band for the trumpet. I remember him talking about how he wanted to be a rocket scientist when he grew up- and we all knew that it was very much possible with him. Eric please rest in piece
<3
Jenna

Matt Petry
10 years ago

Eric was very friendly to everyone in the school even if you were not his friend you still consider him your friend. he played 4 different sports with me and did band and boy scouts with me. He will be missed a lot and my memories with him I will never forgot. Rest in peace Eric.

Hannah Grinblatas
10 years ago

Eric was an amazing student. He was so smart, funny, and extremely talented. He wad in my homeroom and it will never be the same again without his presence. I knew him well enough to know, that Eric was always a great friend and no matter what the circumstances, he never took the smile off his face. Alll love goes out to the Green family.

Rest in peace Eric

Jordyn Woodworth
10 years ago

Eric wasn’t just a nice guy that did nice things, he put everyone else in front of him. Like he himself didnt matter and that he only could take care of everyone else. Last year I remember him sitting next to me in science. We talked all the time he told me that he wanted to do great stuff when he got older. I bet Eric could’ve done anything he set his mind to, he could probably cure cancer completley. Eric was so smart and worked so hard on everything always giving 200% when only 100% was needed. He always had a smile on his face, the only time I didnt see him smiling was when he wasn’t around. Most people thought he was serious, and smart. But, the people who thought that never really stopped to listen. If you listened to him long enough you wouldn’t be able to stop smiling. He was great at eveything he did because he worked so hard. When we were little I thought Eric was the coolest kid ever and I still do. I looked up to him, I envied him. He was the person that I always wanted to be. When I first heard the news I was speechless just thinking about him not being in this world anymore. That shattered my heart into a thousand tiny pieces. I had just seen him on the bus just talked to him. I remember all the times he used to run out to the bus with his trumpet in his hand. When we got our school pictures back he didn’t like his and some people were all like they look great! What are you talking about, then him mumbling something under his breath and shaking his head and we all started laughing so hard. I dont rememer anything bad about him, there was nothing bad about Eric. On January 12, 2012 the world lost one of the greatest kids who could have ever lived. Eric had a great life ahead of him, to think about not passing him in the halls and seeing his smile brighten up a room is the sadest thing ever imaginable. Eric Green will forever remain in our hearts. Rest in Peace…My thoughts and prays go out to the Green family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Jordyn

Regan Doherty
10 years ago

Eric will be missed by everyone especially the 7th graders who got the chance to known Eric and see his smiling face in the hallways or in classrooms. He will forever live on in our hearts and memories. Rest in peace Eric u will be loved missed and never forgotten <3

Chloe- a trottier student
10 years ago

I have never seen one student pull together a school the way Erics passing has. I know for a fact that he would’ve gone on to do bigger and better things somewhere. Thats just the way he was, i played the trumpet with Eric in the Big Band, a couple days before his passing, Eric got the privelage of doing a solo for one of our songs, “Let the good times roll” he definately deserved it, because he is always working his hardest and helping others. If i ever had a question on fingering, i went to Eric. The day before he passed, i asked him what the fingering for the note was and he told me “1 and 2” in my head i thought he was completely wrong but low and behold, when i checked my fingering chart, he was right. Even though Eric is not with us physically no matter what we Are doing or where we are going, Eric will forever have a spot in our hearts. Eric has made our community a better place. Only the Good Die Young

Brendan Foley
10 years ago

I have been so privileged to ever be friends with Eric Green. He was the most intelligent kid I knew and he always got an A+. Just a few days ago I was talking to him and now I realize he never made anyone upset or ever annoyed anyone. His death is a shock to us all and we will never forget this one of a kind student. Once Trottier middle school heard of his passing many kids ran through the school weeping and tried to manage the void they now have in their hearts, but Eric who always put others before him would want us to be happy and continue without him. I am truly sorry for your loss to anyone who knew him and I know we will never forget him.
RIP
Brendan Foley

trottier student
10 years ago

I got the incredible privilege to be in almost all of Eric Greens classes & to talk wit him every day. Eric was such a happy soul, always smiling. He had such an inspiring spirit within him that motivates each & everyone one of us. Eric’s positive attitude made it easy for Eric to succeed in school and sports. He was such an amazing person & a friend I will never forget. It is never going to be the same without him a part of our 7th grade class, a puzzle piece that can never be replaced but it will never be forgotten. As a grade we will pull together and recognize that one student can change hundreds. We will always have Eric in our hearts. Eric’s family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest easy Eric

Isabella Bogdanski
10 years ago

Eric, you were a great kid. You were always smart, happy, and funny. You always excelled in everything and were amazing at sports. I can’t imagine living with a seizure condition but you lived through it. You were optimistic about everything and were so nice and kind to everyone. We will all miss you Eric, no matter what. Rest in Peace Eric
<3 Isabella

Melissa Nash, Neary School PE Teacher
10 years ago

Eric was one of the sweetest, most hard-working students that I have ever taught. During both of the years that I taught Eric PE, he never gave less than his best, and he always had encouraging words to say to his classmates. Eric was chosen as a “Supersport” when he was at Neary, and he truly embodied all that we look for in a student when we choose Supersports. He led by example, not only in his athleticism and diligence, but in the quiet way that he did the right thing and made his classmates smile. I am so saddened by the passing of Eric. He was a true treasure, and he will forever remain an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to know him.

Ben Thorup
10 years ago

Eric green was one of the nicest people that I have ever known. I will always remember him as the person that never yelled at anybody and was always kind. He sat in back of me during band in sixth grade and I could always hear him doing the piece perfectly. During my soccer game on Friday, we all put green tape on our left arms and drew EG on our arms were people could easily see it. It definitely inspired us to be like him and go 110% the whole time. We won that game and we knew that it was Eric who inspired us.
Eric, we will all miss you.
Ben Thorup

Katie- 5th grader
10 years ago

i know many students who had to excuse themselves from their homerooms when our teachers told us that eric had passed away. i did not personally know him but many of my freinds said he was very nice to them if he ever was near them. i am so sorry for his family’s loss. most of Neary school-including me- wore green last friday. there were many emails going around about wearing green- i recieved three on thursday night. it really shows how a community can get together and help each other. southborough is truly an amazing town.

Nick DeMarco
10 years ago

I was lucky to call Eric a teammate in town basketball and in his honor today our team is wearing green socks and our coaches are wearing the ribbons we got in school yesterday. R.I.P Eric the nicest kid ever.

Nick DeMarco

Jordyn Woodworth
10 years ago

Eric’s Poem
By: Me
We know that Heaven is so far away
But that it is a better place
Our friend Eric Green is up there now
We hope that he is looking down
We just wanted to tell him he was in our hearts
From the day we met to the day we part
That he was one of the nicest people we had ever met
And in our minds he will be kept
But we wanted to tell you, the people who are reading this out there
That whether or not Eric knew you he still cared
A trumpet player
A lacrosse player
The smartest kid we knew
On January 11, 2012 Eric got up and flew
To the big open sky
Where he was greeted by…you know that guy
Its all so hard but you have to understand
Everyone will deal with it differently so just lend a hand
You may not cry but feel awful and nauseas inside
Or you may cry so much you cant speak to say
That Eric Green was a role model and he led the way
For us and everyone around
Please, Eric, just look down
To see us here experiencing heartbreak and sorrow
Knowing that you will not be here tomorrow
And even from Heaven while we are apart
We want you to know
That, Eric Green, you touched all of our hearts.

Annelise Eppen
10 years ago

Jordan, that is an amazing and thoughtful poem. I think it would be great if you shared it with Eric’s family. :)

Jen
10 years ago

Jordyn- your poem is excellent :) Eric would have loved it.

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