He's been described as a beloved member of the Grandville education community. Thursday night a memorial service was held for Chris Vanderslice.
He spent 17 years as a teacher and then administrator at Grandville Public schools. Vanderslice died on October 28 after a 4 year battle with Leukemia, he was just 40 years old.
Thursday night, his family and friends shared stories and said he leaves behind a legacy of hard work and grit.
"We are going to celebrate a man who did so much for us and so much for this community," says Pastor Tony Meyer.
Vanderslice had a wife and two daughters. A gofundme page has been set up to help his daughters education expenses.
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