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Mendon Upton Community Loses Two Young Men

Jack Street

The Nipmuc Regional High School community was deeply saddened by the tragic passing of a student and a recent graduate during the early days of January.

The first tragedy occurred on January 4, when Jack Street, 18-year-old and a life-long Upton resident fell from a ski lift chair at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury. He is the son of James H. and Tracey (Murphy) Street. The Worcester County district attorney's office says it believes Street may have suffered a seizure before the fall. Street was at Ski Ward practicing with his teammates from the Nimpuc Regional Ski Team, of which he was a member.

The close-knit Mendon/Upton and and Nipmuc communites mourned the loss of their friend and neighbor, a "bright" young man, whose life was inexplicably cut short at a nondenominational memorial service was held for him on January 10 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Upton.

Street, who has been described by his fellow classmates as having a "great sense of humor" and a "wonderful smile," was mourned and remembered by the Nipmuc students during a student-organized memorial on January 6. During the memorial, students read speeches and performed songs in Street's honor. High School Principal John Clements said the memorial was extremely important for the students in order to remember their classmate as well as begin the healing process. "The memorial provided a meaningful way not only for our students to pay tribute to Jack's memory but also to grieve his loss and honor him together. As our students read speeches and performed songs, it became extremely clear that he had a tremendous impact on all of us."

Clements describes Street as "a bright young man with a great sense of humor and a clear sense of right and wrong."

"Over the course of the past few days, I have been overwhelmed to see the impact that he had on our community," said Clements. "I am fortunate that I had the chance to have him in my life."

Counselors in the district as well as those from the Riverside Trauma Center have been available to the students and parents since January 5. Communication has also been very important to Clements throughout the week. "Throughout the past few days, we have tried to communicate regularly and meaningfully with our parents and the community, as well. We wanted to be sure that parents and community members knew they could reach out to the school for help," he said.

Clements also had the difficult task of informing the students of another tragedy that happened in their community within days of the Street's death. Christopher DiLorenzo, a Mendon resident and 2010 Nipmuc Regional High School graduate, died on January 10 in a single vehicle car accident on Hartford Avenue West in Mendon. Clements informed the students and parents of this loss by "acknowledging not only the sadness of losing Christopher, but also the challenge of dealing with this grief at a time when we were already so emotionally drained," he said. "I called on [the students] to continue to show the care, support, and togetherness that they demonstrated over the course of the past few days."

Clements remembers DiLorenzo as a "good-natured young man and talented athlete who had many friends in our school and community" and an "extremely likable kid who had an affable personality and great sense of humor."

DiLorenzo, the son of son of Donald DiLorenzo of Hopedale and Diane (Morelli) DiLorenzo of Mendo was mourned by the Mendon/Upton and Nipmuc communities at a Funeral Mass on Monday, January 16, from Sacred Heart Church in Milford.

Christopher DiLorenzo. Contributed photo


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