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Teacher David Trachtenberg Dies

Remembrance service Sunday for Northport High School social studies teacher.

social studies teacher David Trachtenberg died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was 35.

A Facebook page, In Honor of Dave Trachtenberg, was set up Friday and quickly began to fill collect comments.

"Dave was not only an awesome individual, he was a much loved and respected teacher," the page creator wrote. "Dave was a very caring person. People mattered to him. I feel in my heart the best way for me to pay tribute to him, is to remember, acknowledge and thank the teachers who have made a difference in my life."

On RateMyTeachers.com, a former student wrote in March 2011, "Possibly the most qualified and intelligent IB HOTA teachers in the country. He makes teaching seem easy, and he presents his (very difficult) course in a manner that makes it accessible for all..."

Another wrote in June, "He was the funniest, most interesting teacher I have ever had. I received the best grades I have ever gotten in his class because he makes learning fun and has no many hilarious stories to tell. His stories literally made me cry."

said he was the son of Marge and Henry Trachtenberg, brother of Katie Trachtenberg, and Susan (Dan) Torpey, and uncle of Alison, Lindsay, Shannon and great-uncle to Max.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, 7-9 p.m., and Sunday 2-5, 7-9 p.m.  Words of Remembrance are set for Sunday evening around 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment Monday  at 10 a.m. at Washington Memorial Park, with a chapel service.

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