CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A beloved South Bay preschool director is being remembered as someone who always made others feel special.
Aaron Partch was a co-director at Concordia Preschool in Chula Vista. He passed away September 15th.
A virtual memorial for him was held Saturday.
Like many other schools, Concordia closed in March during the pandemic. A couple months after the school closure, Partch was diagnosed with grade four glioblastoma. He had undergone brain surgery and was receiving treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation. In mid-September, Partch passed away suddenly from a heart attack.
“God took our warrior up to heaven where he no doubt is singing and dancing with the angels,” his family wrote online.
His co-workers said his energy will be missed.
“He knows everybody by name. His greetings were always extremely cheerful, but sincere. When he asked you how your day was, he wanted to know,” said preschool teacher Meagan Lee, who worked with Partch for the last two years. “I think it’s really hard for all of us to walk down the halls and know he’s not going to be there with us.”
Partch had been with Concordia Preschool for more than ten years. Nearby schools also remembered him.
“If you knew him, you knew what a loss this is not just for Concordia, but for our community as well. Aaron was one of those people who lit up a room. He filled every moment with happiness and joy, and he was such a great leader to his students,” the Enrique Camarena PTA wrote on Facebook.
Partch was 51 years old. He leaves behind his wife and four children.
There is a link to donate to the family online to help them get through this difficult time. It is posted here.