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B-BP Business Teacher Loses Battle Against Liver Disease

Doug Monsell, a well liked educator, passed Wednesday morning.

Bayport-Blue Point business teacher Doug Monsell lost a valiant battle against liver disease Wednesday morning.

The well-liked 47-year-old educator is being remembered by school leaders and friends as an enthusiastic teacher who truly enjoyed his work and helping his students achieve, and as a good man and father. He was a graduate of Bayport-Blue Point schools.

He was an avid sports fan of the Mets, Jets and Rangers and often worked security for district football and basketball games.

Monsell was diagnosed two months ago and was being treated at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He had been awaiting an organ transplant but went into organ failure on Tuesday.

Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education President Jim March was a longtime friend who first met Monsell when they played on a softball team together 25 years ago.

"I'm a little numb as it's unbelievable," said March.

Monsell served as the advisor for the district's DECA team this year which scored high at the Suffolk Regional Competition ths past January. DECA's mission is “to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the globe.”

All eight of Bayport-Blue Point High School team members, representing grades nine through twelve, placed at the regionals.

"This is a really good group of kids," Monsell said in a Patch interview earlier this year. "They have their heads screwed on, they're thinking about their futures."

Bayport-Blue Point School Superintendent Anthony Annuziato told Patch the district is mourning the loss of an outstanding teacher.

"He gave of himself unselfishly," said Annunziato, who described him as "instrumental" in improving and expanding the business program.

In addition to teaching new electives Monsell spearheaded the School to Business partnership with local businesses and the chamber of commerce.

Monsell also coached the JV Boys and Varsity Girls golf teams.

"The loss we all feel at the school district and community is profound. He will be terribly missed by all. We send our condolences and sympathies to his family and friends," said Annunziato.

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Adam White May 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Monsell family.
Matthew Kogut May 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This is very shocking and very sad! My thoughts and prayers are with is family!
Gina Geraci May 16, 2012 at 03:40 PM
my son Sal spoke of him with such high regard! they always enjoyed great hockey talk before beginning the days work. Sal will surely miss him.. he was a gift to the students of bbp hs.
Christine Swan May 16, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Tremendous loss. My son Eric held him in high regard too,and absorbed what he was taught-because it was taught with such enthusiam. I work with Mr. Monsell's mom at our B-BP library. Whenever I asked about him she would exclaim,"OH! my Douglas just LOVES-LOVES his job!" It truly showed through his students. I hope the school will plant a tree that will grow beautifully in Mr.Monsell's memory.
Gary Parkes May 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Doug was a really good guy. Very sad to hear this news and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. We worked together at Bayport Flower Houses for many years.
Catherine Calame May 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Doug had infectious enthusiasm for his students and loved teaching. We lost a very caring and supportive teacher. The best that they come. RIP Doug.
tom cavanaugh May 16, 2012 at 07:05 PM
DOUG LEAVES A LOVING WIFE TWO WONDERFUL CHILDREN---HOW SAD--KEEP THEM IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS---TOM CAVANAUGH BLUE POINT
L Maha May 16, 2012 at 07:41 PM
So very sad to hear this news and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. His smile tells the world what a great guy he was!!!! You will be missed by so many... The Maha family
Matt Jeran May 16, 2012 at 08:32 PM
A terrible loss for our community and BBP schools! My family's prayers go out to Coach Monsell's wife and children at this time. I would like to contact the parents of my daughter's teammates to arrange something in tribute. If you are a member of this year's Girl's Varsity Golf Team, please have your parents call my cell, (631) 495-3350, and leave their name and number ASAP!!!
Steve m May 16, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Doug was a great guy and fun to joke around with. He will definatley be missed
Lori Wenz May 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Too sad wow
juliana milone May 17, 2012 at 01:17 AM
for anyone that knew doug will know what a wonderful person he really was -all thoughts & prayers for his family
Kristen Ferrante May 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I loved my brother in law. He was so full of life. I will miss him.
Richard Roper May 17, 2012 at 02:21 AM
An exceptional guy This is so sad. Doug was really kind and a great coach and mentor to our kids
Kelly Hoy Rumm May 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM
My Sister Eileen and I send our condolences to your family.- Kelly Hoy-Rumm
Debbie Anderson May 17, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Truly a terrible loss our love and prayers go out to his wife and daughters. Doug was an amazing man and friend our son Bryan had him as a teacher and said he was great. My husband and I were so fond of him he loved his job and all the kids. He always supported all of the kids you would see him at the many sporting events the plays the concerts loving and proud to be there. I remember helping him with the school store at the High School we always had a lot of laughs! He will be missed terribly a true mans man and a wonderful soul Rest in Peace our friend. Debbie, Dave & Bryan Anderson
Fran Edwards May 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Just to soon. My heart aches for all of you.  ♥ ❤ ♥    
cheryl May 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Doug you will be missed at all the family gatherings..we will be watching out for Lauren and the girls...
anne mirando May 18, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Doug you will be missed . we will save a place at the dinner table for you. we love you and we will meet again. Aunt Ann
Lenny Camarda May 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
You say Mets, I’d say Yanks~ you said, your Football Rotisserie Team is better~ I said mine was! Those Calcutta’s we were partners were wonderful times, and the years you and Jim would walk into the beefsteak after the Derby are etched in my mind as great times, It was the event of the year for me with you guy’s there. Thanks for watching over Ali, the times you would tell me; “I kept her straight” Thanks! Your loss is truly shocking to me and other’s ~ we all had something special through your friendship. God Bless you and your beautiful family. Thanks for all those special times. Your Buddy, Lenny
Phantoms July 22, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Mr. Monsell, you are missed very much, DECA was an amazing experience because of the time spent with you. We will always remember you as the amazing person that we all love. <3

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