‘You all meant everything to him’: Family and friends remember principal
Dahmen's memorial service draws thousands to Memorial High School
MADISON, Wis. — It was only fitting that Bruce Dahmen be remembered in the place he loved so much. People packed Memorial High School’s gym. There was no empty seat on the floor or bleachers, only the one Dahmen used to sit in for basketball games.
“Last Tuesday night, I lost the very best part of me. Bruce was an amazing man, and he loved life. He loved you,” Dahmen’s wife Peggi said to the crowd.
Friends took turns sharing stories and memories of Dahmen, a man who made an entire career at Memorial.
Dahmen died Tuesday of a heart attack.
“What a credit to Bruce that the students who come to school here and those of us lucky enough to work in this building hold him in such high esteem,” Gary Kolpin said.
“Bruce, whatever sky box you’re in, thank you so much for sharing yourself with us,” Pamela Nash said.
Peggi Dahmen stood up with her two sons to thank the community for the support and remind everyone in attendance that her husband is still with them.
“Keep making good decisions because we are Spartans, and we’re Spartans for life,” Dahmen said.