The Amityville school district is mourning a longtime elementary school teacher.

Marc Engler, a 20-year veteran educator who worked at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, "was beloved by all those who crossed his path," Mary T. Kelly, the district's superintendent, wrote Thursday in a letter to the Amityville school community and posted on the system's website.

Engler, 59, of Little Neck, died Tuesday, according to I.J. Morris funeral home in Dix Hills. Details on the cause of death were not immediately available.

"A warm and caring gentleman, he was a valued and highly regarded member of the Amityville family and will be deeply missed," Kelly said in the letter. "The Amityville Board of Education and administration wish to extend our sincere thoughts and deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time."

He was a fourth-grade math/science teacher, according to the school's directory.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Wellwood Cemetery, 1400 Wellwood Ave., West Babylon.

Mourners are urged to get to the cemetery office by 12:45 p.m. Shiva will be held right after the service at 3 p.m. at 46 Pleasantview Dr., Central Islip.

Although school is not in session, a crisis counseling team is available to meet with students and staff on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the superintendent's letter said. The team also was available on Friday.

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