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OBITUARY: Beloved School Psychologist and Administrator Steve Gingras Died Monday

Gingras, who retired after 32-years with the school district, remembered as fun, dedicated and empathetic man.

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.

Ellen Wheeler October 26, 2011 at 11:00 PM
My first thought when I heard this sad news was "Steve was one of the good ones." I'm glad you related the story of the packed room for the ceremony honoring him upon his retirement. The board room that night was full of laughter and tears as people kept standing up to share heartfelt memories of Steve. Thank you for this obituary.
Diane Hernandez October 28, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Yet again the world has lost another great man. He will be missed by so many people. I know he had an extremely great way with kids with special needs and to all his coworkers and friends. He made an impact on my life in more ways than one. I will miss him very much and will always hold a special place in my heart.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) November 13, 2011 at 09:12 AM
Here's a statement I received by MVWSD Superintendent Craig Goldman on Oct. 26. I apologize for the tardy submission: As I shared at Steve's retirement celebration last month, it was a pleasure to be his colleague. I was always impressed by the way he listened to parents, considered the District's limited resources, and then came up with creative solutions that met the needs of our neediest students. Steve was a truly empathetic man. His decisions and his actions reflected his ability to understand the perspectives of others and then to do what was right for the children he served.
Holly Liberatore May 14, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Steve is a big reason why our son is successful today. I had no idea he had passed. Deeply saddened.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Great teachers do make such a difference!

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