A PE teacher who died tragically during a school snow trip is being remembered as a “wonderful husband and father”.
Jonas Stoebe, 55, was leading a snow hike with his Year 9 and 11 students when he “crashed” on a mountain in Perisher, New South Wales, on September 6.
Sports director at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, suffered catastrophic head trauma in the accident – but the exact details of what happened have not been confirmed. not yet been made public.
Mr Stoebe was rushed to hospital but died a week later from his injuries on September 13.
Family, friends and colleagues have shared touching tributes on social media for the “inspiring” and “fun-loving” father of two sons, aged nine and 12, and husband to wife Belinda.
PE teacher Jonas Stoebe (pictured) was leading a snow tour with his Year 9 and 11 pupils when he crashed into a mountain in Perisher on September 6.
The 55-year-old, who was sports director at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School on Sydney’s lower north shore, suffered a catastrophic brain injury in the crash and died a week later.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jonas Stoebe, a dear member of our Glenaeon family,” Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School wrote on Facebook.
“Jonas was more than just an educator; he was a mentor, friend and inspiration to all who knew him.
“With unwavering dedication, Jonas was a part of our school community for 10 years, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless students.
“Our school community is heartbroken by this loss. Jonas’ impact on our school and the lives of our students is immeasurable, and his memory will forever be in our hearts.
Longtime friend and neighbor Scotty Boombah recalled his first meeting with the teacher and said his “incredible energy and spirit” would live on.
“I am incredibly grateful for the day, shortly after you arrived from Melbourne, when Belinda contacted me and asked if I could let you play on my basketball team,” Mr Boombah wrote.
“It was the start of a friendship I will cherish forever, but boy, you didn’t need long to gather so many friends and extra people to love you.
“And now you’re on your way to heaven.” I hope the angels are aware of what awaits them, celestial training camp is about to begin.
“For those who remain, your incredible energy and spirit will always live on. Shine, you crazy diamond. There will never be another like you.
The Armenian General Benevolent Union also paid tribute to Mr Stoebe, who supported the community “as if he were Armenian himself”.
“He wasn’t a spectator either, he would come in, get his hands dirty and show his boys how it’s done,” The Union wrote.
“His spirit and smile were contagious and touched everyone who met him…you couldn’t help but laugh when he did it.”
Our schools, our sports associations and our community in general are poorer since the death of Jonas and we know that his death will leave a great void for many of us.
Another person described Mr. Stoebe as a “kind, compassionate role model and true friend” who possessed “the most genuine and inspiring positive energy.”
Friends, colleagues and family have shared heartbreaking tributes to the “inspiring” teacher and “wonderful” husband and father of two sons.
Mr. Stoebe’s friend and colleague, Kath Kissell, launched a GoFundMe page to help him provide for his two boys, Lio, 12, and Luca, nine, and his wife Belinda.
As we come to terms with the accident and come together to mourn this profound loss, we recognize that in addition to the emotional toll, practical challenges await Jonas’ young family,” Ms. Kissell wrote.
Donations will help Mr. Stoebe’s family with immediate funeral costs, household expenses, mortgage payments and daily living costs.
“Every donation, no matter the amount, will help Jonas’ family and honor his memory,” Ms. Kissell wrote.
“Let’s come together as a compassionate community and show our support for Belinda and her family during this heartbreaking time.
“Together we can wrap this family in love and give them a gift that will allow them to focus on healing their broken hearts and rebuilding their lives.”
As of this writing, the GoFundMe page has received 737 donations totaling $245,208 and has a goal of raising $350,000.