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Portsmouth mourns beloved student, PHS band member

Portsmouth mourns beloved student, PHS band member

Editor’s note: Portsmouth Press sends its sincerest condolences to Connor’s family and friends. 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Members of the Portsmouth community mourned on social media Monday and Tuesday following news of a beloved student’s death. 

On Monday evening, Portsmouth High School Principal Joseph Amaral sent an email to parents and staff, informing them of the death of Connor Peckham. Connor was a beloved student at Portsmouth High School and a member of the school’s marching band. 

Connor Peckham (Photo by John C. Farley Photography)
Photo by John C. Farley Photography

Connor was also the “mic-man” for the PHS Unified Basketball Team.

The basketball team plans to honor Connor at its game against Tiverton High School on Wednesday afternoon. The unified basketball game begins at 3:30 p.m. at Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane. 

Please join us tomorrow for the PHS Unified Basketball Game at PHS. We will be celebrating all of our seniors and honoring Connor Peckham. Please help us fill the stands.

Members of the Portsmouth community also reacted to the news on social media Monday and Tuesday:

Send thoughts and all my love out to PHS band and the Peckham family. Rest Easy Connor. Thank you for always lighting up the room with you infectious smile. Keep rocking out up there— Grace (@BlytheGrace) April 2, 2019

my heart hurts… if you were in band or even just went to PHS the last few years you knew how much of a sweet soul Connor Peckham was, much love to his friends and family❤️❤️— amanda (@amandaxxfranco) April 2, 2019

Tiverton school musicians even paid tribute to Connor on Tuesday by sharing this message and photo.

Tiverton School Department

Like This Page · 4 hrs ·  

The Tiverton School Department students, families, faculty, staff and administrators stand with Portsmouth at this great time of sorrow. Our Musicians stood in tribute to our neighboring town, the Portsmouth Patriots. Our hearts are with you during this difficult loss.

Many more comments were posted on Facebook and Twitter Monday and Tuesday.

Amanda LeClair Scott
8 hrs · 
Connor’s laugh as he raced down the hallway will be missed. He was a bright light in our community and a wonderful part of our band family. Our hearts are broken.

Susan Pearce

Connor was a great asset to PHS and the band. A fun loving boy and well loved too. PHS will miss him as will all of us

Portsmouth High School offered mental health support to students and staff starting on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements have not been announced at this time.

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