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Board Holds Moment of Silence for Brewster-Filotei, Pupich

By Richard Finch Jr.
The Tube City Almanac
May 31, 2020
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

McKeesport Area School Board held a moment of silence at the start of the May 27 meeting to honor retired educators Jamie Brewster-Filotei and Robert J. Pupich Jr. 

Brewster-Filotei, 46, was a teacher in the MASD for more than 20 years. Pupich, 63, was a coach and teacher in MASD and the Thomas Jefferson School District.

Both succumbed to illness and passed in recent weeks.

Superintendent Mark Holtzman Jr. called their deaths “untimely” and that the district would do its best to celebrate their lives.

“We’re very sad and sorry to see them go,” Holtzman said. “The children that they touched continue on their legacy.”

Holtzman reflected on the positive relationship he built with Brewster-Filotei over the past several years, calling her “an outstanding educator in our district.”

“Coach Pupich was a mentor to me in my youth,” Holtzman said. “Both he and Jamie were near to me in the many different roles that I’ve had, not only as a professional, but as a student and a student-athlete.”

Brewster-Filotei also served as a member of McKeesport city council and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a traditional memorial service could not be held. Instead, family and friends held a funeral procession through the community.

School Board President Joe Lopretto said he observed the procession through the high school area and he was touched by the outpouring of support from an “amazing community.”

“It was something, it was really touching, if you could see the amount of people that were there to show support,” he said.

Originally published May 31, 2020.

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