November 30, 2009

Walnut Creek schools send out their condolences to the family of the man killed in Friday's Half Moon Bay boating accident

A note went out yesterday from the principals of Walnut Creek Intermediate and Walnut Heights Elementary schools to the Runte family of Walnut Creek. Matthew Runte, 49, of Walnut Creek was identified as the man whose boat capsized Friday evening in rough waters off Half Moon Bay.

Bay City News Service reports that Runte was one of two men on a 34-foot sailboat that overturned at about 4:25 p.m. The Coast Guard immediately responded to the accident and rescued Runte's shipmate. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted Runte in the water about 5:37 p.m. He was pulled from the water by a harbor patrol, administered CPR, and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Walnut Heights and Walnut Creek Intermediate communities would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Runte family in the loss of their beloved husband and father last week in a boating accident off of the San Mateo coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Runte family and friends.

When we receive the specifics about the service, we will pass this information on to our school communities.

Susan Drews, Principal, Walnut Heights
Kevin Collins, Principal, Walnut Creek Intermediate


Anonymous said...

Did they actually misspell principal or did you? Just asking...

Anonymous said...

walnut heights also lost the mother and daughter who were swept out to sea this summer right? sadness, my thoughts go out to the families.

Soccer Mom said...

10:06 a.m. Alas, the e-mail had the word "principal" misspelled. I copied and pasted. You can see I fixed it.

8:09 a.m. That's too bad about Walnut Heights also losing that other student. She was in kindergarten wasn't she?

Here is information about the services for Matt Runte, from the Walnut Creek PTA's weekly newsletter:

Matt Runte's Rosary will be at 7 pm on Friday and the Mass will be at 1 pm Saturday at St. Mary's in Walnut Creek, with a reception to follow at the church gym.