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Manchester boy, 10, who drowned in Mass. pond remembered as 'very special'

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 02. 2013 9:20PM

MANCHESTER — A 10-year-old Manchester boy who drowned over the weekend in Massachusetts was remembered Sunday night by educators as a “very special little boy.”

Alex Glennon, a fourth-grader at Henry Wilson Elementary, drowned in Morses Pond in Wellesley, Mass., Saturday evening while visiting friends with his family, according to Wellesley police.

“Alex Glennon was a youngster with a vivid imagination and charming personality who was known and loved by all Wilson staff, including our crossing guards, janitors, and cafeteria servers,” Wilson Elementary Principal Linda Durand said in a written statement. “He especially liked drawing, and had a great love for animals. He was a sweet, kind and caring youngster who significantly impacted our Wilson community. He will be deeply missed.”

Richard Potvin is a physical education teacher who has taught at Wilson Elementary for 42 years.

“He was just a great little boy, and everyone at the school loved him and treated him like gold,” Potvin said. “This is devastating.”

Potvin said he has a large collection of stuffed animals that kids can play with if they work hard in his gym classes. He said Alex had a real love for several of the stuffed toys.

“I just saw him Friday, and heard he was leaving the school and the family was moving to Massachusetts,” said Potvin. “I told him to make sure he stopped in before he left, so he could pick a stuffed dog to take with him. Then I upped it to two dogs, then three and then four. He was laughing and laughing at that. I can’t believe this happened.”

Superintendent of Schools Tom Brennan described Wilson Elementary as “a very tight-knit school,” and said of Alex: “He will be missed by many students and teachers.”

Brennan said grief counselors would be available today as students and staff return to class.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to Morses Pond at 5:57 p.m. Saturday, after a staff member of the Wellesley Recreation Department called to report that the 10-year-old was missing. Firefighters located the boy in the water approximately 30 feet from shore. They administered CPR; he was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Broadcast reports indicated lifeguards were on duty at the pond.

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