Parents dream for men like Steve Gingras to come into the lives of their kids and for 32 years the "kiddos" at had the privilege.
"He cared so much about the kids, and he was always open to finding the best way to help 'the kiddos,'" said Natalie Sare, a former colleague and Half Moon Bay resident, on an online memorial guestbook. "The kids came first to Steve."
Gingras died on early Monday, Oct. 24 at the age of 60. The cause appears to be of natural causes and may have been a heart attack, according to his youngest son Joseph Gingras.
"He was a great father, and raised me and my two brothers pretty much on his own," Joseph said. "He was a single dad who worked full-time. I have no complaints."
Born and raised in Alameda, CA, Gingras attended kindergarten through 12th grade at and then . After attending college, Gingras got a job as a school psychologist with then Whisman School District.
Eventually he became the Director of Special Education, a title he retained after the merger of the school districts.
Joseph shared that his dad had a great sense of humor, was an avid reader and also a hard worker—characteristics that they inherited.
"He was a very strong family man and was always here for me and my brothers," he said.
When the MVWSD held a retirement party for Gingras on Sept. 15, the district office was packed with friends, parents and children. A similar outpouring has begun with the news of his death.
"Steve was a good man. He cared a lot about the kids and was a pleasure to work with," said Idaho-resident Shanna Whiteley, a former school district colleague from the late 90's. Gingras also worked with both of her sons' special education. "He was a funny man. He was good at his job. I'll miss him."
Gingras, who lived in Mountain View for 28 years, recently moved to Santa Clara.
He is survived by his eldest son Robert Gingras, middle son Jon Gingras and youngest Joseph Gingras and grandchildren Breanna Gingras, Steven Gingras, Grim Gingras and Sith Gingras.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Steve Gingras will be held this Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary located at 466 North Winchester, Santa Clara.