Eddie Dunigan received well wishes from family, friends, and co-workers on Sunday afternoon, May 20, at a reception in his honor. The event was held at Buffalo Island Central High School, where Dunigan has spent most of his 39 years in the classroom.
Dunigan has been more than a teacher for years as he also drove a bus, assisted with baseball, kept books and the clock for basketball games, and was on hand where he was needed.
High School Principal Randy Rose welcomed guests to the event and presented Dunigan with a gift from the faculty and staff.
"We will probably be able to find someone to prepare and teach but we will never find anyone who has more sincere concert for our kids," Rose said. "I will miss the stories we share every morning before class. I will miss that. We all wish him the best. He has earned a good retirement."
"It has been great," Dunigan said. "The years have flown by. I could not have asked for better fellow staff members or administration. We have good people here. I am hap0y to have been able to work with and for George Edd Holland (superintendent). In addition to being my boss, he is my friend. I take great pride in being part of this school. All of the teachers at BIC challenge our students. I will miss it, but it is time ."
Dunigan thanked everyone for coming, and thanked them for the reception.
Guests had the opportunity to view a slideshow of Mr. Dunigan's life from his childhood through his teaching career.
Dunigan is retiring from the classroom but he will have plenty to keep him busy. He plans to continue with his crop consultant business and other projects.