St. Michael-Albertville Middle School East Principal Jennie Kelly recently sent an email to school families notifying of the loss of seventh-grader Tyler Purohit, who battled cancer for the past 18 months.
“He will be remembered as a student that was very outgoing, incredibly positive, and a caring young man who loved school!” Kelly said. “He is described most often as someone who was always nice to everyone! His courage, strength and kindness will serve as a reminder to us all of the difference one person can make in another one’s life.”
She wrote that the school felt it was important to connect with other families as their child might have questions and concerns following the news of Tyler’s death.
“We will have comfort rooms staffed with counseling support available for students in the media center,” she said. “Memorial arrangements will be posted on our school web page.”
Kelly asked all to feel free to contact her directly. “We appreciate the active involvement of our students and parents in support of one of their classmates!”
Tyler Gabriel Purohit, 12, of St. Michael died Friday, Oct. 11, at his residence. He was born Feb. 14, 2001, in Princeton, N.J., the son of Manoj and Laura Purohit.
According to his obituary, Tyler “loved being at school and learning as much as he could. He also enjoyed gaming with his brothers and friends, reading and watching the Big Bang Theory. Tyler was passionate about making a difference in this world by being a great friend to all and by helping others in need.”
He is survived by his father and step mother, Manoj and Julia “Jewels” Purohit of St. Michael; and brothers: Trevor, Joffre and Nikhil. Tyler was preceded in death by his mother, Laura, in 2006.
Visitations will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 18, from 4-8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9-1 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Join for a balloon release Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at STMA Middle School East in St. Michael.
To read more about Tyler’s brave journey visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/tylerpurohit.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Tyler’s Helping Hand Fund or a charity of your choice in Tyler’s Honor.