“When I first met Ace, it was at a family party. He was wearing a bow-tie. He was one of the most charming men I had met. I remember that not only did he shake my hand, but he grabbed my elbow and pulled me into a hug. That is what Ace did, he pulled you in.
“Ace was not a man based in fear. You would have a conversation, and he would tell you how things used to be, but when you would tell him about a new development, he would smile and say, “Ain’t That Something!”
“Ace reminded me of a simpler time when people ran for the phone, waved to their neighbors and dressed up to meet a loved one at the airport.
“Growing up in Santa Cruz, whenever I would go to the Boardwalk, I would always pause as I was drawn in by the black and white historical photos of people coming to the Coconut Grove bandstand. Ace made me think of those times. He would say things like, “Gee!” and “Ain’t THAT Something,” and “That’s the way it was!.” I loved that. It reminded me of Sunday afternoon movies. To me he was a little Jimmy Stewart and a little Mickey Rooney and his life was a story I always loved to hear. He would tell me about his handstands on the desks and how he would ask land owners for land to build a school. He might tell me the stories more than once, but I loved that, too. Sometimes, I would act if I hadn’t heard the story, just to hear it again, because he lit up when he told it. I loved when he talked how Barbara would look at him and smile. Most of all, I loved that when you left Ace, you always felt a little sunnier or lighter. Thank you to Ace — we’ll miss you!”
“Mr. Bagby was an extraordinary superintendent and a person of great character. He supported all the teachers in the Cambrian School District, and held every teacher he hired in high regard, and treated each one with respect. He was very personable and had good public relations skills when he related to other administrators, teachers, parents, staff, and students. He had a positive attitude, was a very happy person, and always had a smile n his face. It was a pleasure being in his company.
“I was a student teacher from San Jose State and had my regular education and Special Education assignments in the Cambrian School District in 1964. Mrs. Beatrice Henkel was my resident teacher at Fammatre School during my Special Education assignment.
“I was hired by Mr. Bagby in the spring of 1964 and taught at Fammatre School from 1964 to 1965 and at Bagby School from 1965 to 1966. It was an honor and a privilege to serve under Mr. Bagby and to serve the parents and the students in the Cambrian School District.
“I will forever be grateful that Mr. Bagby and Mrs. Henkel started me on my teaching career approximately five decades ago. My career expanded over four decades. Public school teaching is one of the best professions in our entire country.
“Mr. Bagby will be terribly missed, and he will remain in the hearts and minds of all who loved, respected, and admired him.”
~Dorothy G. Kolb
“My mother, Bertha Jensen, was the Cafeteria Food Supervisor for Cambrian School District for 18 years. Ace was always so kind and considerate during her years from one school (Cambrian) to nine schools to be in charge of. We so admired his love for your mother and his family. Ace was a man who thought a great deal of others.
“Remembering a remarkable leader in the Education Field, loving family man, and outstanding friend. It was an honor to be a small part of his life.”
~Ken and Bobbi Sheets
“Ace and my Dad played football together on that 1939 team at San Jose State.
“Ace and I had the same birth date and always exchanged letters at this time and Christmas.
“I attended Cambrian School in 1946 in the third grade. Such a great little school.”
“We were so sad to hear about Ace’s passing. We will miss his cheerful smile and wonderful stories.
“I’ll always remember the day he hired me in 1966, in the master bedroom that they said was his office. It was the 60s. I figured all districts interviewed that way. How fortunate to be hired into the Cambrian District!”
~Patricia and Arthur Yotsuya
“We want you to know what a profound difference Ace made in our lives over the past fifty years. His memory will always live on in our family with great fondness.”
~Meril and Barbara Smith
“Ace (The Boss) hired me in 1948 for Cambrian’s 1st kindergarten. Ace was always so supportive and enthusiastic. It has been a pleasure to know him throughout the years.”
“Ace made working at Cambrian District unique in a fun way, faculty shows, golf tournaments and BBQ’s in his back yard. The golf was poor, but the BBQ the best. The Boss encouraged and participated in these events and set the tone for all of us.”
Thank you to the folks at D.M. Bagby Elementary School who offered their condolences on the school website.
Speaking of thank yous, we have added a Thank You page on this website to express our gratitude for all the wonderful people who have supported the Bagby family.
“I first met your dad in 1966. I found him in the Yellow Pages. He gave me a job and a chance for life in California. We have been friends ever since.
“Of late, I have been sending him postcards from my travels. He always responded, and he sent me address labels to remind me to send these cards.
“He has been a constant inspiration. I am lucky to have known him.”
~Jo (and Joe) Gibbons