Mourning the Loss of Mr. James Kaehlert

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of James Kaehlert, a member of Cushing's science department. James lost his valiant battle with cancer on Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
James inspired the lives of many, and we are so grateful for the contributions he made to the Academy and to the local community. He is dearly missed. 

A celebration of James' life was held at Cushing on Monday, Apr. 10. Click here to read more.

James' obituary; published in the Sentinel & Enterprise on Apr. 7, 2017

ASHBURNHAM -- James B. Kaehlert, 43, died peacefully at his home Wednesday morning, April 5, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a ten month valiant battle with colorectal cancer.

James was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 13, 1973, son of the late Ronald K. and Karen (Jackson) Kaehlert. He graduated from Pal Bay High School, in Palm Bay, FL and Lenoir-Rhyne University, in Hickory, NC. He later received his Masters Degree from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, CT, in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Biology. James worked at Avon Old Farms School, in Avon, CT, as a science teacher and head athletic trainer and dorm parent. For the last nine years, James has worked at Cushing Academy. At Cushing, he worked in a variety of roles, always keeping his love of students front and center. He was science teacher, head coach for JV soccer, assisted with JV baseball, athletic training, soccer and baseball. He also worked as an advisor to students and worked in the library.

James had a gift of relating to young people. He was former Cub Scout leader, for Pack 12, in Ashburnham and was involved in its Pinewood Derby. He was a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

He leaves his wife of 17 years, Heather (Wilmot) Kaehlert; two children, Samuel James Hui-tae Kaehlert and Abigail Mae Mi-su Kaehlert and a niece Katie Kaehlert. A sister, Katherine Kaehlert, predeceased him.

Recently, James was a beneficiary of the Ashburnham-Westminster Community Benefit. Over the last year of his illness, James and his wife lived by the slogan "Live Your Life. Do What Makes You Happy. Make Memories."

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 10, 2017, at 3 P.M. in the Watkins Field House at Cushing Academy, Ashburnham.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kaehlert Children Education Fund. Checks can be made payable to Heather Kaehlert and sent to 39 School Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430.


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