HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Godwin High School is mourning the loss of a beloved band instructor on Monday.
Leon Auman inspired Henrico County students, most at Godwin, for 40 years. He passed away from complications linked to cancer.
On Monday, people remembered the man they said had a quick wit and sparked joy in his students.
“He was just so beloved and it made us want to live up to his high standards and make him proud somewhat like a father figure,” said Anne-Marie Leake, one of Auman’s former student.Auman shared his love of music with thousands of students over four decades of teaching.
The people who loved and looked up to Auman remember a man who balanced discipline with a sarcastic sense of humor.
“He didn’t take himself too seriously,” said one former student, Liam Spiers. “He would put on funny hats or be willing to crack some jokes and I think that made everyone cherish him for who he was.”
Spiers told 8News about how Mr. Auman reacted when the joke was on him. “My senior year we put his face in the middle of the pep boys logo and that’s him wearing one of us funny hats and he loved it,” Spiers explained.
Godwin’s band leaves Friday to perform in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. They will be missing their band leader but will be marching in his memory.