Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education President Henry Chiodini, 56, passed away Monday after losing his battle with inoperable intestinal cancer.
Chiodini served on the board of education for 18 years and "devoted his life, his energy, his time and talents to all things related to the betterment of our school district," said Ron Roberts, interim superintendent, in an e-mail to staff.
"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved board of education president Mr. Henry Chiodini," Roberts said. "Henry was a true friend and advocate of Chippewa Valley Schools who will be missed by many."
Chiodini was diagnosed with inoperable intestinal cancer in October 2010, but refused to allow the disease to interfere with his duties on the board. On one occasion, he even used Skype video chat to vote on items during a board meeting he could not physically attend.
"He touched the lives of our students, parents and families," Roberts said. "He always volunteered to serve on school committees and was a friendly face at school activities and sporting events."
A Macomb Township resident, he was a member of PTOs, CACs and the Dakota Booster Club. He was also actively involved in the Chippewa Valley Educational Foundation and served as the secretary-treasurer of the Macomb County School Boards Association.
"Henry loved all things Chippewa Valley and he shared his enthusiasm, his passion, and his love for our district with everyone he met," Roberts said.
Chiodini is survived by his wife of 35 years, Frances; children, Jessica Bright (Josh) and Kristen (Brian) Fowler; grandchild Jackson; and mother, Nancy. He also leaves siblings John (RJ) Chiodini, Lorraine (Bill) Freedlund, Connie Chiodini and James (Melanie) Chiodini.
Visitation will be held Wednesday 4-9 p.m. and Thursday 1-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. in Sterling Heights. He will lie in state Friday from 9:30 a.m. until a 10 a.m. mass at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church in Clinton Township.