QUEENS — An assistant principal at a Catholic high school in Queens has died due to complications of COVID-19, the school announced.
Joseph Lewinger, 42, was an educator at The Mary Louis Academy for 20 years and served as a teacher, coach, assistant athletic director, athletic director, and currently as Assistant Principal, the school’s principal, Ann O’Hagan-Cordes, said in a statement.
"His love for Mary Louis was always in evidence, particularly when he referred to himself as a Woman of Dignity!"
“There will be time in the future to celebrate all of Joe’s numerous accomplishments. Now is the time to grieve and mourn our tremendous loss,” she wrote.
Video obtained by PIX11 shows Lewinger celebrate when the TMLA girls’ basketball team won championship game about a decade ago.
#NEW Beloved Asst. Principal of #TheMaryLouisAcademy in Queens kissed trophy in joyful video, when girls’ basketball team won championship game about a decade ago. Joseph #Lewinger died of #COVID19 Sat. His young twins had beaten cancer. A tribute at 5p PIX11 pic.twitter.com/6ffMphVhG2— Mary Murphy (@MurphyPIX) March 30, 2020
Lewinger was also a member of the Board of Education of the Franklin Square Union Free School District. There, he was elected in 2015 and served as the board’s president in 2016, school district officials said in a press release.
“Mr. Lewinger cared deeply about our district; he cared deeply about our community; he believed in our kids,” officials said in a statement.
Counselors and teachers are available to students and staff members who may need support at this time.
Lewinger is survived by his wife and three children.
There are over 59,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, with 33,768 of those cases in New York City, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Just over 1,000 deaths have been reported.