PLAISTOW — Evan Dube packed a lot into a life cut short at age 19 Saturday.
He was a gifted student, a loyal twin, an inspired actor, a volleyball standout, a Buddhist — a young man of many talents with much to offer, those who knew him said.
The 2011 Timberlane Regional High School graduate was swimming with Bates College classmates off the Shetland Islands in Scotland when he suddenly collapsed. He could not be revived.
The 10 students were having a barbecue while participating in an archeological research project. News of his death shook Timberlane, where school officials described Dube as a model student and remarkable young man.
"It's just so shocking to everybody," associate principal John Leary said. "He was very upbeat and such a gentleman."
Dube was the son of Timberlane social studies teacher and volleyball coach John Dube and his wife, Eileen.
Counseling is being offered at the school this week to those who knew Dube, Woodworth said.
Leary and principal Donald Woodworth said they had watched Evan and his twin brother, Conor, grow up. Conor is a freshman at Princeton University.
The two were model students at Timberlane and stopped by the school during college breaks to help their father in his classes, they said. In one instance, they helped moderate a class debate.
Leary said he last spoke to Dube shortly before he embarked on his three-week trip to Scotland. Dube was to return home today.
"He was so excited about going to Scotland," Leary said.
Evan excelled in the classroom, on the volleyball court and on the stage, where drama teacher Eric Constantineau said he was an outstanding thespian.
"He was one of the most intelligent actors I've ever had the pleasure of directing," Constantineau said.
Evan, described as "mature beyond his years," decided during high school to become a Buddhist, Constantineau said.
"He was very well on his way to becoming a wise human being," he said.
The educators said Evan inspired other students at the school.
"Kids really liked him because he was so genuine," Leary said.
Evan was such an astute child that as a fourth-grader, he was asked to read to sixth-graders, Leary said.
During high school, Evan suffered a mysterious illness that kept him out of school for extended periods and sometimes left him using a wheelchair, school officials said.
He had since recovered, they said.
A classical studies major, Evan was remembered at a memorial ceremony at Bates on Sunday night, according to the college. About 200 people paid tribute to him, sharing their thoughts and telling stories about him.
Associate dean of students James Reese recalled that Evan was the first student during orientation to recite the Bates mission statement by heart.
His death is not considered suspicious, according to Scottish authorities. An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday and funeral arrangements are being made, school officials said.
Family members could not be reached for comment.
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