‘He was like a dad to everybody’: Student remembers Gerry Habershaw

WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) — A school community is mourning Gerry Habershaw, the principal at Pilgrim High School who passed away Saturday night after a heart attack.

NBC 10’s Cal Dymowski visited the campus Sunday and spoke with a former student.

For Breanna Fraser, the emotions are still there, after learning her former principal died.

“He was an amazing, amazing principal,” she told NBC 10.

“I cried a lot this morning, but I’m trying not to now,” she said.

Fraser was a student at the now-former Vets High School, and attended Pilgrim High School for a short time. She said Habershaw was her principal at both schools, and made her change smooth.

“It was a big transition to jump from Vets to Pilgrim or Tollgate, or wherever, but I know a lot of people had difficulty switching, and he helped the best way he could with them,” she related.

As she reflected, Fraser recalled a nickname from 9th grade.

“He would call me ‘Little one’ all the time cause I was like the shortest freshman,” she said with a laugh.

“He was like a dad to everybody,” Fraser added.

The school’s message board read “In loving memory of Habs” complemented with balloons and flowers. The school’s flag was lowered, and grief counseling was available for students and staff to express their emotions.

“He was always making sure everybody was happy, and helped everybody in the best way he could,” Fraser said.

A community vigil for Habershaw is set for Sunday night, and Fraser hopes everyone takes away one thing.

“Just realize that he was always there for everybody,” she said.

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WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) — A school community is mourning Gerry Habershaw, the principal at Pilgrim High School who passed away Saturday night after a heart attack. NBC 10’s Cal Dymowski visited the campus Sunday and spoke with a former student. For Breanna Fraser, the emotions are still there, after learning her former principal died. “He…

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