obituaries

Michael Zirkel, Age 90

Michael Zirkel was a UFT member for 30 years, working as an Industrial Arts teacher at Evander Childs HS in the Bronx for much of his career. When the Industrial Arts department was disbanded due to limited funding, he became a driving instructor. He was then moved to the English department and taught literature. He also worked at a "600" school on North Brother Island, using the arts to reach students who were recovering drug addicts. Throughout all these varied positions, Michael taught all his students with the same zeal, enthusiasm and passion for the subject. He was also the coach of the golf team at Evander Childs High School for many years.

Michael is survived by his children; Livia Zirkel, Gilbert Zirkel and Raymond Zirkel. His grandchildren Robert Joshua Zirkel, Catherine Zirkel and Jonathan Zirkel remember him fondly and with love.

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