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September 4, 2013

Londonderry soldier remembered by community

LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry High School community is mourning the loss of one of its graduates, the son of a staff member.

Army Cpl. Tyler J. Pimpis, 22, died from injuries suffered in a motorcyle accident last week in Texas, where he was stationed at Fort Hood.

“I remember Tyler’s smiles,” principal Jason Parent said yesterday. “He was always friendly, a very good kid. He very much wanted to serve his country.”

Pimpis did just that, serving his nation in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.

Parent recalled Pimpis working hard to get his diploma to fulfill his dream of serving in the Army.

“He really plugged away,” the principal said.

But it was the smile everyone at Londonderry remembers.

“Tyler was a really nice, polite kid,” teacher Steve Juster said. “He was reserved overall in school, but he had a quick smile that put people at ease, a real trustworthy type.”

Pimpis, a Derry native, is the son of Stephen Pimpis and Laurie Dawkins, who works at the school as a member of the special education staff.

Parent acknowledged Pimpis’s death is particularly hard because his mother is a member of the Londonderry High staff.

Many faculty members also knew both Pimpis, a member of the Class of 2009, and his sister, Kaila, a member of the Class of 2011, the principal said.

Tyler Pimpis’s surprise visit for Kaila’s graduation two years ago was a special moment for the family and the school.

“I can’t believe it,” Kaila said at the time. “Everyone wants all these expensive gifts, but that’s all I wanted was him at my graduation.”

Family mattered to Pimpis.

“When he was stationed in Germany, he arranged some time off and had his family come over to see the country with him,” Juster said. “He valued his family very much.”

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