St. Peter’s Prep Principal James C. DeAngelo cancelled classes on Thursday after the “unexpected death” of a staff member on the campus in Jersey City on Thursday, Nov. 1. Officials later revealed that staff member and alum Jan Butrym had passed away. The school posted a tribute >>here.<<
A police spokesperson said that Nov. 1, at approximately 7:11 a.m., JCPD responded to a call for a possible suicide near 144 Grand St. Upon arrival, the victim was unresponsive.
The tribute to Butrym said, “A member of Prep’s Class of 2001, Jan’s impact was felt immediately upon his arrival on the Prep campus as a freshman in the fall of 1997. A gifted computer technician from a young age, during his student days he always made himself available to any administrator, teacher or fellow student who needed assistance in navigating any aspect of the school’s burgeoning information technology systems…In 2007, he officially joined Prep’s IT staff in a full-time role. It was a seamless transition that played a key role during the numerous construction projects that would take place over the following years, including one just completed this past September. While always well-known to his colleagues for his kind demeanor, quick wit, and eagerness to share his expertise, the past several years had seen him become more familiar to students as well – particularly those participating in the burgeoning robotics program, or staffing the Chrome Depot in support of Prep’s 1:1 Chromebook program.”
“We gathered our school community for mass this morning,” DeAngelo said in a message to the parents. “We now have counselors and administrators available on campus for students and faculty.”
He said classes were cancelled for the rest of the day.