A touching tribute to a revered Bainbridge Island school counselor set to be unveiled. Jeffrey McKinstry, 53, was killed in October 2007 by his mentally ill son. And since then, many in the Ordway Elementary School community had been searching for ways to honor their fallen counselor (pictured).
At 5 p.m. May 5, the fruits of their labor will be completed at
the ribbon cutting for the “Counselor’s Corner.”
Plans for the memorial include a concrete “swirl” of cement
forming a bench that’s decorated with yellow school buses and
Jolly Rancher candies.
Deborah Baker, a member of the committee for the memorial, said Monday that both the buses and the candies “reflect pieces of Jeff’s legacy.”
“He met those buses every single morning to welcome kids to school … in the rain, snow, wind, blackness…he was always there,” she said. “He will also forever be remembered for handing out Jolly Ranchers to kids to help them through a rough spot, brighten their day, celebrate their accomplishments or just because.”
McKinstry’s son, Garrett McKinstry, was found to be legally insane at the time of killing his father, and remains indefinitely at Western State Hospital.