Friends, family, students, staff, and community members will honor the memory of former Grandville High School principal Chris VanderSlice Thursday, Nov. 2.

The man many knew simply as "Slice" passed away Oct. 28 after a four-year battle with leukemia.

According to the district's website, VanderSlice began his career 17.5 years ago as a teacher. He molded young minds at Grandville Middle School and South Elementary before being promoted to Grandville High School assistant principal, and eventually principal.

Grandville leaders describe VanderSlice as someone who "inspired a legacy of grit" at GHS. According to the district, he answered work e-mails from his hospital bed last month and "trying to stop him from working was like trying to stop a Pamplona bull. He loved Grandville."

VanderSlice's memorial Thursday will be held at the high school's east gym at 7 p.m. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hannah/Elizabeth VanderSlice Education Fund, which is well on its way to reaching a goal of $10,000.

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Matt Gard is the Senior Producer of the 13 Morning News. If you have a story idea, you can contact him on Twitter, @mgard_wzzm13 or by e-mail,