Former Eastside High School principal Dr. Robert Daria passed away Sunday night after being in an Atlanta hospital for more than a week following heart failure. According to a press release from the Newton County School System, friends and family say he died around 10 p.m. He was 40 years old.
Daria first started in the Newton County School System in 1994 as a language arts and science teacher at Cousins Middle School. He was promoted to assistant principal there in 1998.
In 2001 he became assistant principal of EHS, then went back to Cousins in 2003 to serve as principal. He was promoted to principal of EHS in 2005.
Daria resigned from EHS in 2009 to take the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Walton County Public Schools.
“Those of you that had the pleasure of working with and for Bob know what a fun-loving guy he was,” said current EHS principal Dennis Roddenberry. “As an administrator, it was not uncommon to come to your office one morning and find your desk turned upside down, chairs removed, or experience some of what we called “Bobisms.” I will continue to be thankful for the leadership and friendship that we shared and for the legacy of leadership that he personally left here at Eastside High School. He will be remembered as a friend and a brother to many of us and his great, fun-loving personality will constantly remind us not to take life too seriously!”
Daria leaves behind two young children, along with scores of family and friends.
Visitation for Daria will be from 4-8 p.m. today, at Tim Stewart Funeral Home in Loganville. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Tim Stewart Funeral Home.