Ronald G. Grace

Ronald G. Grace, 55

He was an incredibly happy person. His favorite saying was, 'The glass is half full.' He loved adventure, loved doing new things. I admire him more than anyone else in the entire world. The universe surely shifted on Friday.
— Lorraine Grace, sister
Grace was the beloved head counselor at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale. He is survived by his wife and two sons. A memorial service for Grace will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery Chapel, at 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills.
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363 memories of Ronald

Did not know Mr. Grace. My sincere condolences to family and friends. May the Grace of God be with you during this time. Look to Him for comfort, for He loves you more than you can imagine.

— Cindy - Omaha, NE
September 14, 2008 at 2:47 p.m.

Ron worked as kindergarten teacher and counselor in Glendale for 30 years. He ran intramural sports for kids at a time when kids needed to exercise and learn how to compete the most. He balanced his work and family life well. I pray that these thoughts and warmest wishes find Jan and their two boys and their time of need.

— Miguel Ramon
September 14, 2008 at 3:01 p.m.

I knew Ron. He was a good guy. Really liked sports. He'll be missed.

— Tim
September 14, 2008 at 3:39 p.m.

Wow, i can't believe Mr. Grace was part of the accident. He is a counselor of Roosevelt Middle school, Glendale, CA and i just left RMS last school year. He was a great counselor.

— MJ
September 14, 2008 at 4:01 p.m.

Ron is the father of one of the most empathetic, happy, intelligent families I've ever known. During my first years of teaching, Ron mentored me with his quick smile, common sense, and kindness. When my own family was struggling, Ron helped us relocate to Simi Valley and to start anew. Caring about and for others is an integral part of Ron's nature. He made the world a better place.

— Sharon Kelley
September 14, 2008 at 4:03 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a well respected man. He was very devoted in sports, and got along with everyone. He was also a very great counsler. He was a great motivation to us, students in Roosevelt Middle School. Also, he was a very good Mentor to all of us in Roosevelt. He will surely be missed by many people. He left many, many, many memories at Roosevelt Middle SChool that will be Cherished Forever. Thankyou Mr. Grace for EVERYTHING!

— Jan Antipuesto
September 14, 2008 at 4:20 p.m.

I can't believe it. Mr. Grace was my counselor at RMS (Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale, CA). He taught me so much. He is the reason I got into the GATE program and the AVID program. I always wanted to go back and pay him a visit. He was truly remarkable. I'm going to miss him so much.

— Lisa Lamontagne
September 14, 2008 at 4:21 p.m.

I can't believe Mr. Grace died. He was the counselour of Roosevelt Middle School, and was like a dad to all of us. Thank you for the memories, we'll miss you. ?

— Christel
September 14, 2008 at 4:22 p.m.

I can't believe this i go to Roosevelt Middle School & he was my counselor. How sad.

— Patrick
September 14, 2008 at 4:29 p.m.

Mr.Grace!!! Wow. at first i thought it was a joke that he died after seeing this. I'm so sad. He was a great consular. Anyways many people in RMS will remember him. He was the best. Well , May Mr.Grace Rest in Peace.

— Abigail
September 14, 2008 at 4:32 p.m.

Mr. Grace was the best. He would always greet me with a smile on his face whenever he would see me around school. It's just so hard to believe that he isn't with us anymore. I never thouhgt that he would leave is this soon. But we all know that he is in a better place now and may God be with his family.

— J.A.
September 14, 2008 at 4:37 p.m.

OMG! i can NOT believe this is true:(
he was the BEST counselor ever!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it's so sad
he was supposed to change ma PE period this monday:(
life is full of surprises and everything is just wierd.............
wow RIP mr.Grace
you will never be forgotten:(

— Ximena
September 14, 2008 at 4:42 p.m.

I go to Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale, California. It is true, he was our counselor. What can I say? He was a good counselor. A lot of students liked him. We will miss him....

— Sona Matevosian
September 14, 2008 at 4:44 p.m.

It's really a surprise that mr. grace died. Even though i didn't know him that much at all, i knew he was kind and really cared for everyone in RMS. He was a great counseler and i know everyone will miss him.

— erika
September 14, 2008 at 4:45 p.m.

wow. I never saw this coming. Its hard to find out that someone that i know just passed away. I hope all of Mr. Grace's family is all blessed by God. Just so shocked of this.

— Christian P.
September 14, 2008 at 5:04 p.m.

omg im so shocked.. i cant belive that mr grace died! he was a counciler at my skool RMS.. now that hes gone skool will be very diffeent .. he was such a good man .. he was lyk the best person ever.. ima miss him 4 ever.. RIP MR GRACE,. u will always be remebered and very misssed..... sorry 4 mr grace's family ....... =(

— leylani
September 14, 2008 at 5:07 p.m.

Ron, was just so "Ronnie"!I had the good pleasure of knowing Ronnie for over 30 years. Ronnie was my best friend Lori's brother, we met in College decades ago. Ronnie was always so much fun to be around, I can't believe he is gone.
I remember Jan & Ronnie, and hanging out in the gorgeous alley turned peaceful garden by Jan in Los Angeles many years before the boys were born.How devasting for them all that he is no longer here to hang out with.
To Jan and boys our hearts go out to you, and to Lori I will hug you soon. I can't believe how much I miss Ronnie!

— Deirdre San Diego
September 14, 2008 at 5:20 p.m.

he was supposed to change my 2 hour math to one =( i cant even believe he died

— lavinia
September 14, 2008 at 5:35 p.m.

i can't believe! =[ we won't forget you! thanx 4 everything! really unexpecting!

— Sevana
September 14, 2008 at 5:35 p.m.

oh no :( hes my counselor at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale..

R.I.P Mr.Grace <3

— -lucy
September 14, 2008 at 5:39 p.m.

Ron Grace was my mentor and counseling partner at Roosevelt during the late 1990's and early 2000's. As the Head Counselor he was greatly respected and loved by all the staff, students, and administration throughout Glendale. His wisdom and common sense guided us all during years of change and challenge in the Glendale Schools. We have all lost an outstanding leader of students and adults, and Roosevelt will be the greatest loser along with his family. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

— Joyce Johnson
September 14, 2008 at 5:43 p.m.


R.I.P <3

September 14, 2008 at 5:44 p.m.

Omg,wow. I can't believe this!!... It was just on frieday me and ricca saw mr grace on the field. coaching the football team. We were going to go and ask if we could get in the team. It's just not right how you see a person alive and a couple hours hes gone. i can't believe this, it's not right!!!=[

— jackie
September 14, 2008 at 5:54 p.m.

omg i am shocked mr.grace was a good counclier i will miis him R.I.P mr.grace he was the best i am at RMS now and i really wish he was still there he was the best omg no i will miss him he helped me a lot R.I.P Mr.Grace we all love u

— christine
September 14, 2008 at 6:05 p.m.

It's sad he died I heard rumors, but didn't know he died.:(
He was a great counselor, anyways


— Khoren Khatchatourian
September 14, 2008 at 6:13 p.m.

i cant believe that Mr.Grace died, i thought it was just a stupid little rumor but know i see that he died :(.

— Galust Navasardyan
September 14, 2008 at 7:05 p.m.

wow.. i knew him! he was my councelor at roosevelt middle he was very devoted and loved what he did!R.I.P Mr.Grace...

— J.Lewis
September 14, 2008 at 7:11 p.m.

I am new to roosevelt but i met Mr. Grace from my elementary school and he was the one who brought us a video clip of Roosevelt Middle School he was a very nice and funny.

R.I.P Mr.Grace

— Hovanes Karagezyan
September 14, 2008 at 7:12 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a counselor in my brother's school. :(
R.I.P you will always be remembered.

— armen navasardyan
September 14, 2008 at 7:18 p.m.

Ron is the Brother-In-Law of my Dearest and closest friend Denise Alexander. The last time I saw him was when I visited Denise Jan, Brian Andrew and Bryn at their home in Simi Valley a few years ago. I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to spend a short, but valuable time with him. I found Ron to be warm, friendly and extremely hospitable. We engaged in interesting conversation about his counseling career. Ron barbecued the most delicious dinner that night, which I enjoyed immensely. We talked about what it was like to be a school counselor and about the young students who he enjoyed getting to know and helping them with their educational choices as well as listening to their personal experiences. He was like a father to Denise' son Bryn.

Jan, Denise, Yvonne, Brian, Andrew, Bryn, Shannon & Family:

May God's Grace and Love comfort you in your deepest hour of sorrow, and may the love of family and friends give you strength. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Laura

— Laura Horninger
September 14, 2008 at 7:20 p.m.

R.I.P MISTAH GRACE<333 =[...!!

— ElLeN<3
September 14, 2008 at 7:27 p.m.



September 14, 2008 at 7:29 p.m.

I go to Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale,CA i can't belive he died i heard a lot of rumors but didn't really believe it but now i do R.I.P. Mr.Grace sorry for his family =(

— Gagik Pepanyan
September 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr.grace was my counsler and i was in his office two days before he died i really miss him he was a very nice man

— Meline Teroganisian
September 14, 2008 at 7:33 p.m.

i can't believe he is acually dead.What a tradgey.Mr. Grace was a my counsler.WE LOVE TOU!

R.I.P Mr.Grace

— argin
September 14, 2008 at 7:34 p.m.

Ron was a great father, a great sportsman, loved politics and the environmemt, loved Obama, loved to be there for kids when they needed someone... He will be so missed

— JR
September 14, 2008 at 7:39 p.m.

OMG i cant believe this Mr. Grace was a great man. At first i wouldnt believe what people said. We all love him. We will all miss him. RIP Mr. Grace :[

— Rouzanna. A
September 14, 2008 at 7:43 p.m.

oh my god i still can't belive that Mr. Grace died ! =[ he was a very nice and kind man and it's just so sad that he passed away!!
RIP Mr. Grace !1
u will always be in ou hearts !! =*[

— Maria Sahakyan
September 14, 2008 at 7:45 p.m.

He was such a great man . My friend and I were in his office to get some papers on Friday, and that was the last time I saw him. We love you Mr. Grace. We'll miss you. R.I.P Mr.Grace.<3

— Meline Teroganisian
September 14, 2008 at 7:45 p.m.

Mr. Grace is one of the most wonderful people you will ever meet in your life. My heart goes out for his family and friends. May God be with you, and help you through this trageic time.

Mr. Grace, Thank you for everything.
R.I.P. Mr.Grace

— N/A
September 14, 2008 at 7:47 p.m.

Mr.Grace was my coach for the Roosevelt Middle school's track team High Jump..He was very supportive and encouraging..When I was in glendale High school for the team .I was very nervous and he said said to me.."Fabiola,you are a very good girl and keep trying until you get right.." And thanks to him..I made it 3rd place for the high jump of all the tall 7th grade girls.It was a very good experience..Even though I didn't get the first prize.Thank you Mr.Grace.For everything.You will be peaceful at least.

— Fabiola Naranjo
September 14, 2008 at 7:54 p.m.

oh my god !! i still can't belive that Mr. grace died ! he was a very nice man and he was always there to hepl us!! it's just so sad that he passed away!! =[ he was nd is the best councelor ever !!
RIP Mr. Grace !!
u will always be in our hearts!!!

— Maria
September 14, 2008 at 7:55 p.m.

omg wow this was really sad. at first i didnt believe it but once i saw this omg it was just horrible. he was a great person. we all love you.

RIP Mr.Grace<3

— Sarin Mgrdigian
September 14, 2008 at 7:58 p.m.

omggg i can't belivee it waww i lovedd himmm he wass soo niceee i used to be his t.a omggggg wawwwwwww i just can't belive this happened to himmmmmm :/

— sona abelyan
September 14, 2008 at 7:58 p.m.

When I found out about this tragedy, I was shocked and upset. Mr. Grace was a very respected and got along greatly with others. He was filled with lots of knowledge and was a big inspiration to others. He did an amazing job at Roosevelt Middle School and made Roosevelt a better place to learn. This is a heart-breaking accident that has brought sorrow to many. I wish you happiness in later life and I am very sorry to your family and friends. Tomorrow, when I step into Roosevelt, I will be very gloomy to see a amazing person gone out of my life. R.I.P

— Cristine Khachaturova
September 14, 2008 at 8 p.m.

I can't belive Mr.Grace my councelor from Roosevelt Middle School died in that metrolink crash =( im so sad and mostly for his family R.I.P. Mr.Grace. You will always be in our memories..

— Gagik Pepanyan
September 14, 2008 at 8:01 p.m.

WOOOOOOOOOOOW Mr Grace is dead.I cant believe it.this was my first year in RMS and wheni saw him fiday the 12 he was actually a pretty nic guy. We will never forget you Mr. Grace. U ROCK. R.I.P

Mr. Grace

— Hovik Gabrielyan
September 14, 2008 at 8:01 p.m.

mr. grace was a very nice person. he loved sports .he was caring and thoughtful and was our conselour. he was recently seen on friday before living school.
may god be with him
rip mr.grace

— ellen and tara
September 14, 2008 at 8:10 p.m.

OMGG!! I can't believe this. Mr.Grace is my councelor right now at RMS. He was the best councelor in the world. My heart goes out to his family. He helped me through a lot and I'll never forget him. He was a very funny and kind man. I wish this wasn't true. OMG!!!!!!!

R.I.P Mr.Grace,your memories are with us everyday!!!!!

— Perjuhi O.
September 14, 2008 at 8:14 p.m.

RIP Mr.Grace =[
u were the best counclier
i cant believe u pasted away
it was really sad cause it was my second year
of getting too know u nd u left us. I know ur in
a better place looking down at us but i cant believe
u r gone..We all love u nd we all miss uu. u will never
be forgotten. Nd its really sad knowing who u were nd how
u cared for all of us nd now that ur gone it makes me want to cry. Im still in shock that ur gone.. it not coming too my head that ur gone i still think im going to see u tomorrow at skool.


— Diana Soultanyan
September 14, 2008 at 8:15 p.m.

my cuzin told me about her counseler i felt so bad R.I.P. Mr. Grace.

September 14, 2008 at 8:19 p.m.

Mr. Grace, I'll miss you. Your like a really friendly guy. Your probably the best councilr ever. Sorry for spelling counciler wrong, I don't know how to spell it. Hope you can rest in peace.

— Karen Wong
September 14, 2008 at 8:29 p.m.

Omggg! I can't believe that Mr.Grace died. He was the greatest counselor in RMS. When I found out that he died my heart just stopped and I was in an enormous shock. I can't believe that the person I knew for 3 years and last saw on Friday is gone. Mr.Grace is a well respected person in Roosevelt and we will never forget him. He will always and forever be in our hearts.
R.I.P Mr.Grace

— Tara
September 14, 2008 at 8:31 p.m.

Ron Grace was my uncle. Reading all of the wonderful comments that are posted here has made my heart happy and sad all at the same time. Thank you to everyone for all of the support. I am sure Jan, Andrew and Brian appreciate them more than you will ever know. He will always be missed and he will always be loved. I didn't get to know him as well as I wanted to - too many miles apart, but he will never be forgotten. I love you Uncle Ron.

— Niki
September 14, 2008 at 8:47 p.m.

Mr. Grace was the best councilor ever!he was so caring and understanding! he was the best ref. in bball! we never would have expected this to happen. We cant believe this happened. its going to feel like a part of the school is missing :[[ We will always love Mr. Grace! :[


— Rinet A. and Anita B.
September 14, 2008 at 8:48 p.m.

whoa he was an awesome dude, ive been attending roosevelt for the 3rd year now and hes inspired so many students, he's gonna be in all of our prayers<3

— Mary C.
September 14, 2008 at 8:52 p.m.



We will always remember u...

— His Homie Ashot
September 14, 2008 at 9:01 p.m.

Ron was a colleague of mine at Roosevelt Middle School. When I think of Ron, words such as compassionate, kind, generous, sincere, dedicated, etc. all come to my mind. Ron went out of his way to help others. I have seen Ron touch the lives of the students he worked with. He could take the most troubled student in the school and still make a difference in that student's life. He made students believe in themselves. He taught students that any dream is possible if you just work at it. I know a little bit of Ron lives on in each of the thousands of students he has worked with over the past 30 years. Ron will not be forgotten, and he will continue to help others through the lives of those who were touched by him. I truly believe the world is a better place because of him. I feel very fortunate to have known this great man. My heart grieves over his loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues as they all struggle to deal with this incredible loss.

— Amy Rosenberg
September 14, 2008 at 9:13 p.m.

I work at gusd and I know how hard the counselors are working to help the students to stay on the right track. I am sure that mr.grace was one of them. I went online to find out more about this tragedy. our thoughts are with all the victims' families. I hope all the students will appreciate what they have now and also everyone who helps them on a daily basis, so they don't have any regrets in the future.

— unknown
September 14, 2008 at 9:13 p.m.

Mr. Grace was at Roosevelt when I attended in the late 80's. He was my sister's history teacher. He would tease my sister because her name was Grace and told her if she married his son her name would be Grace Grace. I had the pleasure to see him again when my daughter started middle school. I will miss Mr. Grace. He was a great man with a big heart.

— Nancy-Glendale, Ca
September 14, 2008 at 9:17 p.m.

well mr.grace was a great guy and was really nice. i was his assistant. i will never forget him and God bless him and his family. we wll all miss him.

— joy v.
September 14, 2008 at 9:19 p.m.

Mr. Grace was at Roosevelt when I attended in the late 80's. He was my sister's P.E. teacher. He would tease my sister because her name was Grace and told her if she married his son her name would be Grace Grace. I had the pleasure to see him again when my daughter started middle school. I will miss Mr. Grace. He was a great man with a big heart.

— Nancy-Glendale, Ca
September 14, 2008 at 9:22 p.m.

How sad, One Day you talking to him, then u cant imagine that he wont be there the next...

— Robert
September 14, 2008 at 9:28 p.m.

He was the greatest and kindest person at RMS. when we heard the news, we were shocked and speechless that this happened. We will always remember Mr.Grace and our skool will never be the same without him... he will be missed...

— Sienna and Camille
September 14, 2008 at 9:29 p.m.

WOW MAN, I was talking to him like a week ago about changing my classes and he was pretty nice about it, ive only known him for about 2 years and he was a pretty cool guy ...

R.I.P Mr.Grace
You'll always be in our hearts

— Robert Beglaryan
September 14, 2008 at 9:34 p.m.

He was a very good counsler and a great respectable man
Rest in Peace Mr. Grace

— Jose M.
September 14, 2008 at 9:37 p.m.


— Kristine Z.
September 14, 2008 at 9:48 p.m.

I was a student at Roosevelt Middle School while Mr. Grace was the counselor there. He was a great man with the biggest heart in the world. Always giving his students smiles and encouragement. It is shocking how all of this happened. He will truly be missed.

— Paulina Castaneda
September 14, 2008 at 9:53 p.m.

I remember him very well. He got me out of numerous problems back when I was in middle school. I can't believe he died. I will remember his always and will always thank God I have known him. He was a greate counselor and mentor. I just cant believe I never went back to thank him for helping me out during the years.
My brother and all my cousins knew him. He was our counselor for the years that we were in middle school. We will all remember him and thank him for the wonderful days.

September 14, 2008 at 9:55 p.m.

Mr. Grace was not only my counselor but my moms too. We both agree that he was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

— Emely
September 14, 2008 at 9:56 p.m.

R.I.P Mr.Grace
Mr.Grace you will always be in our hearts. I will always remember you as i walk through the office. You helped alot of students and you made Roosevelt Middle School an awesome place to learn! We will all miss you but you will be in all of our hearts.. You were a really great man.


— alice
September 14, 2008 at 9:59 p.m.

Mr.Grace was my counsler at rms wooow ull never know what happpens how sad:[[ R.I.p mr.grace!!!

— alice .p
September 14, 2008 at 10:02 p.m.

I can not believe that this tragedy happened to such a good man and an amazing councelor.He was a reaaly good guy.We'll never forget you Mr.Grace!!!!May God be with you and your family.

— Lizett
September 14, 2008 at 10:15 p.m.

Ron was a good man. A great man. He loved his sons and wife and the Chargers as if there was no tomorrow. I'm his one of his son's best friends, and they news sent me into an hour long frenzy of tears and emotion.

I miss you already big guy. To all affected by this tragedy, my heart is with you always.

— Sammy Scherr
September 14, 2008 at 10:45 p.m.

omg i talked to him after school the day he died and he said ill see you on monday bye. omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe it. i wonder how its going to be tomorrow at school. R.I.P. MR.GRACE

— Suro M.
September 14, 2008 at 10:57 p.m.

I teach at RMS, and have seen Ron every workday for the last three years. When I got the call from our principal, I was in shock. I've thought about this all weekend, and searched the news for mention of him, because I just couldn't believe this soft-spoken yet hilarious guy was gone. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, took great pride in his job, and his passing will give us all pause to reflect on his fine character. He will be sorely missed, and there will be a gathering to mourn the loss of a family member. A true father figure to our students, he will live on in his good works over a career of service to others that spans three decades, and thousands of students under his positive guidance.
My sincerest condolences to his family. The students and I will not forget the afternoons of smiles and encouragement from this freckle-faced, good-will ambassador. Thanks to his family for sharing his presence here.

— Richard Mellott
September 14, 2008 at 10:58 p.m.

Mr Grace helped me get my daughter on track.He was a great counselor. I owe a lot to him. He will truly be missed.
I am sure he will be looking over the children at Roosevelt from heaven.

— parent of Roosevelt student
September 14, 2008 at 11:05 p.m.

I'm a former student at Roosevelt and Mr. Grace was my counselor and wow. It's just such a big shock that he was part of this crash. I know hes looking down at all these posts from up above in Heaven. He'll be GREATLY missed and will be forever remembered by us all. SO LETS ALL PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND THE OTHER FAMILIES OF THE OTHERS WHO PASSED AWAY FROM THIS CRASH.

— allison bartolome
September 14, 2008 at 11:22 p.m.

still don't bealive it..
was a very good man, helped many students
r.i.p you will be missed.

— David Israelyan
September 14, 2008 at 11:34 p.m. believe his gone...firs thought it was just a rumor..but when i read this page i couldnt believe it
he was the best councler nyone could ever have...he would dooo sooo muchhh for his students...i dont think there was anyone that didnt like him in our schoool. he was very respected and he will be missed

RIP Mr Grace

— Mariam K
September 14, 2008 at 11:36 p.m.

wow mr grace rip. :[
you were such a good councelor in my 2 years at rms.
u always had a smile and would help us out wid advice and everything. i wish ur family tha best , u will be missed<3

— anii
September 14, 2008 at 11:38 p.m.

Mr. Grace

you are my best friend's father ... i was there all night waiting for u to come home and telling Jan Brian and Andrew that everything is gonna be OK. and to hear the news of your passing was devastating ... u were the kindest father and husband ... you treated everyone with kindness and respect and never gave anyone a reason to not like you ... and to have something like this happen to you is not right at all in any sence of the world ... you will be missed so much R.I.P Mr. Grace

— shaun carlson
September 14, 2008 at 11:50 p.m.

mr grace was a great, wonderful, and kind man
he was the best counselor ever ! he helped me with all my problems and made sure i took the right path.
no other counselor could ever replace this man
thank you mr grace for everything you have done you will always be remembered. My condolences to his family and friends.

— unknown
September 14, 2008 at 11:51 p.m.

Mr. Grace helped me out a lot my 7th and 8th grade year at Roosevelt Middle School. He was a very kind and loving man. He will be missed by many. R.I.P. Mr. Grace. We will pray for you.

— Henrik Kantarchyan
September 14, 2008 at 11:57 p.m.

ohh wow...
i cant believe my counselor is dead...
he was a well respected, kind, cencere, wonderful man...
everytime i needed a talk, he was always there for me...
he would make me beleive in myself and make me think that anything is possible if you just take a chance...
i used to go to Roosevelt middle school and i used to be a T.A. for him...
everytime i would go to his office and tell him that i wanted to get out of advanced english, but he would always tell me to try a semester and see what happens...a semester passed, he would say try another semester and see how you do in that class...but i just quit and went to regular....
now im gonna do everything so i can go back to advanced english...JUST FOR HIM...

i love you Mr. Grace
may God be with you

— Anna Kukurchiyan
September 15, 2008 at 12:01 a.m.

Wow. Its so sad how one day you see a person and the next they're gone for ever. He was such a nice person and its truly sad to see him go.
Well, he's in a better place now.

— Serge Balassian
September 15, 2008 at 12:04 a.m.

I was a student in ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL and Mr. Grace was my counselor. I cannot believe that he past away in such a horrible and tragic accident; it is almost unbelievable. He was such an understanding person and everyone loved him in RMS, and he will DEFINITELY BE MISSED. When I heard about the news, I froze and could not believe what I heard. It is definitely unexpected. I remembered running to him when i had schedule issues. He was the man to go to when you had problems with your classes and he will fix it or try to fix the best he can. In fact, he was the person that I ran to who gave me my TEACHER's ASSISTANT (TA) class for Mr. Guzman. I feel bad for the future generations of students who will not be able to experience having such a great person like him in school.

Also, i want to send my condolences to Mr. Grace's family, "We will miss him too."

So now, let us pray for Mr. Ron Grace, his family, the other passengers who past away in this tragic accident, and their families as well.

Rest In Peace/Paradise Mr. Ron Grace

— drexler serrato
September 15, 2008 at 12:05 a.m.

Our most sincere condolences to the Grace family in the loss of Mr. Grace, our prayers go the Family. To Mr. Grace; Thank you for being so supportive in the various sports activities your son and ours participated in. Special thanks for being such a wonderful person and the Father of my son's best friend. May your soul rest in peace.

— Solis Family
September 15, 2008 at 12:10 a.m.

Wow!!! just as i heard that Mr. Grace had passed away i just felt sadness. I remember him from last year when i went to RMS he waz the best counseler ever he loved sports as many people say and he used to coach our football team sometimes. HE WILL BE MISSED AND REMEMBERED BY US ALL.

— Ashot Simonyan
September 15, 2008 at 12:17 a.m.

i am in shock that mr. grace died. he was my consular is roosevelt middle school wen i atended there last year.

— nathalie
September 15, 2008 at 1:08 a.m.

I also went to Roosevelt M.S. some 7 years ago and had Mr. Grace as an advisor and friend. He was a sweet, respectful, thoughtful wonderful man who made a lot of students feel more at home at Roosevelt. I am so sad by his death and my heart goes out to his friends and family. His memory will live forever in all the thousands of students he helped and befriended!

— stephanie
September 15, 2008 at 1:49 a.m.

I sat with Ron watching our sons play HS football. We had fun times and I will truly miss him. He was a very proud father. RIP

— R. Jackson
September 15, 2008 at 2:13 a.m.

Awe so sad.


I didn't think It was true.

I went to roosevelt 2 years ago...

he was awesome...

maybe he RIP.

— Fernanda G.
September 15, 2008 at 6:11 a.m.

I rewrote this because I didn't like my other one*
Mr. Grace was a very caring man. Although I didn't know him that much, he was still a great person. He dedicated his whole life to RMS. We will all miss him, and he will be in our hearts forever.

— Christel
September 15, 2008 at 7:28 a.m.

We heard from several students that they had heard about Mr. Grace's passing. In the next few days, they may post their thoughts, and send their sympathy to his family.

— Mr. Mellott's 2nd period class
September 15, 2008 at 8:46 a.m.

Ron Grace was a great father and husband who always did what was best for his family. He had an amazing relationship with his sons, especially with his youngest. I have never seen a bond so strong between two people. With all the time his family spent together, I know Ron felt truly appreciated and loved. He was a wonderful man that will always admire. Bless Ron, his family, and everyone else involved in this tragic event.

— Samantha Pinnock
September 15, 2008 at 8:55 a.m.

Ron will always be remembered with a smile on his face, and a kind heart. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jan, Andrew and Bryan.

— April
September 15, 2008 at 9:08 a.m.

I grew up spending a lot of time my uncle Ron and many of my best childhood memories included him. He was an incredibly generous person. I remember him taking take me to several Aztec games when I was younger, I even got to see Az Hakim during his senior year at one Aztec practice - the day sticks out in my mind as I remember Brian, Ron's son, getting his SDSU hat autographed. I remember Ron and I laughing as we watched Brian, who was about 8 years old at the time, run up to the star SDSU player in the middle of a practice by himself. Ron was an incredible uncle, a great father, and a fantastic human being. I will miss him.

— Mike
September 15, 2008 at 9:10 a.m.

I was Mr. Grace's TA 2 years ago and his smile just brightens up everyone in the room. He was the best councelor in Roosevelt and a very understandable person. I will miss you Mr. Grace.. rest in peace

— Alexis Roan
September 15, 2008 at 9:44 a.m.

Ron was a close family friend for my entire life. I had the privilege of having him be part of my fathers group of friends growing up. We had a lot of good times that Ron always made better with his presence. He had a mixture of intelligence and humor not often found in people. A conversation with Ron would get you thinking and laughing. He was a very positive person that would support you and give thoughtful advice when needed. My family had the good fortune of Ron being a part of it. We got to spend quality time with a quality man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jan and the boys. Of all the things Ron told me over my life one thing he told me when I was a young boy, and throughout the years, changed my life the most. He would look at me and wave his hand side to side and say "Chick-a-dee, chick-a-dee, chick-a-dee". We will miss you Ron.

— Sean and Lauren Behm
September 15, 2008 at 10:16 a.m.


September 15, 2008 at 10:23 a.m.

What do you say. Ron Grace was my friend, my confidant, and a constant in my life for the past 40 years. My children have never known a moment where Ron was not around. I have no memories of Ron that are not positive with an argument never happening between us. A piece of my heart went with Ron and all my thoughts are for the well-being and security of Jan, Andrew, and Brian. Ron knows that I will be there for them just as he would have been there for my family. A huge Chargers and San Diego State Aztecs fan. An amazing teacher of history and, as you can read above, a mentor, guidance counselor, and friend to everyone he met. My life was changed by having Ron in it and will be forever changed with him gone. I love you Ron and will never leave you out of my thoughts, memories, and activities to come. You were and are the best.

— Don Behm
September 15, 2008 at 10:38 a.m.

Dear Jan,

Our heart breaks for you and your family. There really are no words that we can say that can even attempt to squash the pain! Just know that we are sending you all of our love and thoughts and prayers....

I did want to say, that selfishly, I am now SO glad that your trip to Northern California was cancelled this summer and you were able to attend my mom's 60th birthday party!!! I was just thinking back to all of us singing (LOUDLY) and dancing with the Steel Drum player - and at one point, I was next to Ron - and he just started singing and said to me - "This is so much fun - I am having the best time" - he was giggling - That little memory and the look and smile on his face will be what I will hold close to me forever.

I also want to send my love and thoughts out to his best friends ... his buddies... I am so sorry for your loss as well!

My grandmother taught history at Roosevelt, and to read the amazing tributes from students and faculty of what Ron did to make a differnce with students and how he went above and beyond with many, really speaks to the man he was, and the huge void that will be left there in his absence.

He will live in our hearts forever,

— Tammy and Tim
September 15, 2008 at 12:07 p.m.


September 15, 2008 at 12:38 p.m.

to the family of Mr.Grace , ill always remember you , my last words to him was "cyah later Mr.Grace" =( im sad to see this rly happen , ull always be my friend Mr.Grace... Always

— Daniel E. Ramirez
September 15, 2008 at 1:27 p.m.



— Gabriel
September 15, 2008 at 1:33 p.m.

i go toroosevelt he wassuch a good guy.i feel really bad about in peace

— lily
September 15, 2008 at 1:39 p.m.

Mr. Grace,was my middle school counselor and later my co-worker. I am so shocked and heart broken to hear this news. My deepest and most sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed dearly. His wonderful personality will forever live on in our many memories. R.I.P Mr.Grace.

— Mary Rojas-Staropoli
September 15, 2008 at 1:46 p.m.

I was a former student at Roosevelt
and Mr. Grace was my counselor and it's
just so sad to know that every time I visit
he won't be there anymore. We'll all miss him.
He was such an inspiration to all of us.

We'll miss you Mr. Grace.

— Justine
September 15, 2008 at 1:47 p.m.

Words cannot express the pain I feel. Mr.Grace was a wonderful person, who did not deserve what happen to him.
when I think of him all I see is his smile. I think he smiled 99% of the time I saw him.
I truly hope that metro link does not hire any more idiots like the guy who was driving.

To his family ..sorry for your lost.
Mr. grace may you rest in peace. we willnever forget you ever!


— Roxanne Franklin Alvarado
September 15, 2008 at 1:58 p.m.


— liliana olmedo
September 15, 2008 at 2:03 p.m.

at first i could not believe he died,
i honestly thought it was a bad prank,
well i guess that happens to everyone when they hear
someone they knew has died,

i still remember the first time i met him,
back when i was in the 6th grade at Cerritos Elementary,
he interviewed me for Advanced Via Individual Determination class,

he was in a rush to catch the train on friday,
if only he could have been late and missed it,
he was always in a good mood,
and helped all,
some as a counselor,
as a teacher, and
as a coach.

All the Roosevelt Middle School Rough Riders
past and present are devastated
to hear these news.

— myriam brenda hernandez
September 15, 2008 at 2:05 p.m.

being former students of Roosevelt Middle we were in Mr. Grace's presence almost every day. He was a great conselor and great freind. you would always see him helping around the school and doing whatever he can to help students.


— Lilit Sarian, Kristina Grigorian
September 15, 2008 at 2:12 p.m.

Our prayers and thoughts with the Grace family. Mr. Grace welcomed my niece on her first day of school at Roosevelt one day before the accident. May God give each of the Grace's family the strength.

— William
September 15, 2008 at 2:19 p.m.

i didnt believe when i got the news this morning he was so nice to everyone. We'll mizz u

— Maria
September 15, 2008 at 2:20 p.m.

Ron Grace was a man whom I was referred by to do my counseling intern hours. I was fortunate enough to meet him in the summer and work with him for a couple of days. I was going to work more with him as an intern in early October. Mr. Grace, I know I did not know you for so long, but when I think of you, I think of a warm, kind, helpful man who I know has touched the lives of many people over your thirty years of amazing service. You taught me so much in just 3 days. I even had a thank you card sitting in my drawer with your name and address on it. Wow, this is so sad. May God give his family strength to get though this devastating time.

— Unknown
September 15, 2008 at 2:26 p.m.

i am a former student of roosevelt middle school, i left to high school just last year. i always thought i would see mr.grace when i went back to visit rms. i cant believe that he's gone, on staurday when i found out he past away, i didnt want to believe that the man who would always smile at you while you were walking down the hallways at school, wouldnt be sitting at his desk calling students out to fix their classes on monday morning. it hurts to know that such a great man has left the roosevelt family, well miss him dearly and his memory will hopefully be kept alive at roosevelt middle school. i didnt know mr. grace that much but one thing i can say is that he was caring and loving and idk he just cared about his students so much you can tell. may mr.grace be peacefully resting and we'll miss you dearly, we love.

— elena ruiz
September 15, 2008 at 2:29 p.m.

Mr. Grace was sinceraly a one of a kind person.
His kindness and care for all the students in Roosevelt Middle School will always be in are heart.
His hard-work and dedication were amazing
& i will always thank him for the great advise
he gave to me and support in my grades and clubs
Mr. Grace is now in a better place and may god bless his family and friends
Mr. Grace was someone us students had the comfort to talk to and depend on
I see Mr. Grace as a hero

— Cindy Moreira
September 15, 2008 at 2:44 p.m.

Ronals Grace was a great councelor at Roosevelt Middle School he was the best councelor of all times,no one could replace him i remember him giving me detention all the time.One day i had a game of soccer and that day i had detention, and he didn't let me play because i didn't go to detention.I had so much more fun when he was still there but now that he is not there is all boring we will always remember him in our hearts.


— Jose C.
September 15, 2008 at 2:44 p.m.

I am saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and high school classmate. Ron was fixture in Glendale and provided positive direction to many youths.

Ron was a man wih a good heart and a smile for everyone. His passing is a loss for the community and his family. I am proud to have known Ron and ask that you keep him, his family and the oher familes in your prayers.

God Bless you my friend.

— Don Meredith
September 15, 2008 at 2:56 p.m.

I am a 7th grade student at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale. Mr.Grace was a great person to everyone even though he wasn't my counselor. One great memory I have from Mr.Grace is that he would encourage kids to be successful in life. Now because of Mr.Grace's big heart I'm in the AVID program.
I thank him a lot for doing that. He was the best.

I will miss him very much.

— Ani Sinanyan
September 15, 2008 at 3:01 p.m.

Ron was one of my brother's best friends and I am honored to have known him and watched him grow up. His sense of humor was priceless. We were all together in July for a party and we are so thankful for that memory. We had such fun! Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan and the boys. We will miss Ron terribly. May he rest in peace.

— John and Candy
September 15, 2008 at 3:03 p.m.

This is a big shock for a lot of us at Roosevelt. I mean, it was just last week I saw him at school. It's weird going to school and finding that he died in the train crash that's been all over the news this previous weekend. He was a man who practically the whole school respected. He's done a whole lot at the school and will always be remembered for that. He's just not that type of person you can forget, ever. He was a great person. And hopefully, he's in a better place. You'll be missed forever Mr. Grace; no doubt about it.


— Megan Z.
September 15, 2008 at 3:03 p.m.

Even today when the unfortunate news was made a fact, its still hard to believe that a person i knew for 3 long and memorable years is gone. Mr. Grace was such a nice and encouraging counselor. he always motivated me to do my best. I will miss him truly.

— Yana
September 15, 2008 at 3:18 p.m.



— amy moreira
September 15, 2008 at 3:25 p.m.

omg... i cnt believe mr grace died.. :(.. wen i heard.. i started crying..he was such a kind person..we will miss u soooo much mr grace.. rest in peace..

— n/a
September 15, 2008 at 3:33 p.m.

I didnt know Mr.grace alot.just because i started roosevelt this year.but every time i saw him he always had a smile on his face and he was always nice.and to wat i heard he was a kick ass consuler and i would of liked to known him better
R.I.P MR.GRACE kick ass dude


September 15, 2008 at 3:49 p.m.

WOW my counselor, my football coach and ref, my basketball coach anf my friend. Still cant beleive ur gone Mr. Grace.Rest in paradise.Ill always miss u.

— Raquel Aguilera
September 15, 2008 at 3:50 p.m.

I feel terrible that Mr. Grace died. He was my counselor when i was in Roosevelt. He was a great man with a lot advice to give to students. I cant believe he is gone. We will miss you thanks for your help. Rest in Peace.

— David Zelaya
September 15, 2008 at 4:15 p.m.

I really can't believe this happened. I was in shock during 1st period GHS when I heard this. He helped me a lot when I was new to middle school and USA. He influenced me to join AVID and helped me be a Conflict Manager. He did all of these for me and other students. Where I stand in school-life right now was influenced by him. If I hadn't taken AVID or all the programs he recommended, I'm sure I'd be a different person. He's helped everyone! He may be physically away right now, but his legacy and memories will live forever with us. RIP Mr. Grace!

— Taron S.
September 15, 2008 at 4:19 p.m.


September 15, 2008 at 4:20 p.m.

He was the best counselor of all time in roosevelt. he will be sorrowfully missed. the pain is unbelievable. his support has helped thousands and i am one of those thousands he has changed. now that he has died, he is an inspiration to us and will go on changing others for we will continue his legacy. may God bless his family and help us remember Mr. Grace's legacy. R.I.P. Mr. Grace, the greatest counselor, referee, and coach of Roosevelt Middle School. no one will replace you. *sob*

— Sidlak Malaki
September 15, 2008 at 4:23 p.m.

omg, the moment i heard our counceler, mr. grace, had died, i wished to god that it would be a rumor. he was like the nicest and most out-going person ive ever met. itz really sad (tear, tear) that he's not going to be here with us at skool, but he'll always be with us some how. its obviously gunna change things around here at RMS. we r really gunna miss him. ..... and i was really excited that he was going to talk to us about high skool on friday, i guess thats changed too.

we love you and will miss u alot,mr.grace, no matter wat happens. R.I.P.

— Eda H.
September 15, 2008 at 4:27 p.m.

This is a terrible loss for all involved in Ron's life. We especially pass on our thoughts and prayers to Jan and the boys, Andrew and Brian. We also feel so bad for the close group of Ron's friends that introduced us to Ron and Jan some 20 years ago. My memories of Ron are mainly of talking in depth about sports and trying to figure out the horses at Santa Anita or Del Mar. But as evidenced by all of the above responses, Ron's greatest contributions, aside from being a great husband and father, were to the young people that he mentored over the years. Ron definitely made a difference in the world and we'll miss him tremendously. Go Chargers!!!

— Ed and Citte Cree
September 15, 2008 at 4:29 p.m.

Mr. Grace is a really nice man. What happened to him was just... unexpectable ! ): like when i heard that he was part of the train crash, i started crying. I cried because he's like a 2nd father to all of us @ Roosevelt. He's helped us with almost everything & he's a really kind man. He has a great personality & he's jst... a wonderful person ! & i know for a fact that he's in the right place. & he will forever be missed! >.< RIP MR. Grace! we love you.

Charlene F
a former student of RMS

— Charlene F
September 15, 2008 at 4:40 p.m.

He was my counceler from 6th-8th grade. I knew he was a nice guy the second I saw him talking to the 5th graders selected to join the RMS crew for 6th grade. Roosevelt was the best school EVER and he was one of the reasons why. I remember me and my budds going up to him asking to change our classes to get us out of our advanced English class but he believed in us and insisted that we stay. It turned out I went from an "F" to a "B" thanks to MR.Grace. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING MR.GRACE. You will be missed.


September 15, 2008 at 5:03 p.m.

When i heard that Mr. Grace had died, i was completly shocked and i couldn't wipe my tears off. I graduated Roosevelt at the year 2006 when he was my greatest counselor. He was the kind of man that I would talk to about anything. He was warm-hearted and felt like family to me. Every question I had, Mr. Grace had an answer. He basically gave me good advices when i attended roosevelt. I will always remember Mr. Grace and may his soul rest in peace.

— Ani C.
September 15, 2008 at 5:04 p.m.

y him pick me!!!!! by ago
r.i.p mr.G

— wtf
September 15, 2008 at 5:06 p.m.


September 15, 2008 at 5:15 p.m.

I feel for mr. grace and his family.
I am a student in RMS.
Mr. Grace connected with many students.
I cry for him.

— Isabelle Ibanez
September 15, 2008 at 5:16 p.m.

Mr.Grace was such a nice person when i entered Roosevelt Middle School i entered through the second semester & Mr.Grace helped me and my parents to get to know Roosevelt. Mr.Grace loved sports .I am sad. Mr.Grace may you R.I.P and may GOD bless your family

— Josseline
September 15, 2008 at 5:31 p.m.

Mr. Grace was my middle school counselor years back. I am deeply saddened by his loss. He was a nice man who loved his job. I graduated from Roosevelt Middle School 6 years ago but Mr. Grace was the kind of person you couldn't forget regardless of how long it had been. He will be missed.

Rest in Peace Mr. Grace!

— Tina
September 15, 2008 at 5:34 p.m.

Mr. Grace was my counselor when i went to RMS for both my 7th and 8th grade years. I was his TA and he was always happy. He used to be an incredible mentor to young people. And he was a great basketball player. I am very sad to hear that he is not with us.

— Sazid Morshed
September 15, 2008 at 5:46 p.m.

oh my gosh!!!!
mr. grace!

— mariam
September 15, 2008 at 5:47 p.m.

I am a student from Roosevelt. Mr.Grace was my councelor I am sad because he was such a nice person he helped me when I entered Roosevelt in second semester he helped me and my parents to learn more about Roosevlt he was a true roughrider. Mr.Grace may you R.I.P. May God Bless your family

— Josseline R.
September 15, 2008 at 5:51 p.m.

My prayers thoughts are with Mr. Grace's family and the entire Roosevelt staff. Mr. Grace was a caring person who taught me how to become a real basketball player. He spent a lot of hours after school working with some of my friends and I, teaching us how to play basketball the right way. I will always remember him for his great attitude and the best jump shot I ever saw. God Bless

— Marvin Arevalo
September 15, 2008 at 5:54 p.m.

I can't believe this happened,I haven't known Mr.Grace for a long time, but what I know is that he was a great guy, and a great counselor. I was looking forward to get to know him better, but unfortunatley that won't happen. Anyways R.I.P Mr.Grace, you might not be a part of R.M.S anymore, but you will always be a part of us...

September 15, 2008 at 6:10 p.m.

Mr. grace was my couselor back in middle school in glendale.
he was the best.

— rip
September 15, 2008 at 6:11 p.m.

I went to Wilson, but still, RIP even though I didn't know you.
You're in a better place now

— Tiffany A
September 15, 2008 at 6:17 p.m.

I can't believe this happened!

September 15, 2008 at 6:20 p.m.

one of the most amazing men i knew. he touched my life in so many ways and i truly believe that he has helped make me who I am today. he was the person who had the answers and could fix my problems. He pushed me to do great things and i thank him for all he has done for me and every other RMS student. He will be miss and may he rest in peace.

— ernie
September 15, 2008 at 6:27 p.m.

I had the opportunity to work with Ron at Roosevelt Middle for the past nine years. He was friendly, supportive, understanding,and cared for the students.He was always willing to give a helping hand. He will be truly missed.

— Lupe Reyes
September 15, 2008 at 6:28 p.m.

Mr.Grace will always be remembered as a good caring person. He's the reason I'm in the AVID program. May God Bless Him and his Loved ones.

— Lizette
September 15, 2008 at 6:29 p.m.

Mr.Grace was a mentor to everyone at roosevelt. You couldnt get by without knowing him and how great of a guy he was. He was always involved in school activities and spent his precious time coaching lucnh activities and traveling to other schools to ref. the RMS ball games. You will be missed Mr.Grace but apparantly God needs you more than we do. Rest In Peace and my heart and condolences go out to the family, friends, co workers, students and anyone who got to enjoy him.

Departure: Chatsworth
Arrival: Heaven

— Unknown
September 15, 2008 at 6:33 p.m.

Rest in peace Mr Grace. You will never be forgotten.

— Ronika
September 15, 2008 at 6:34 p.m.

There are no words to say when someone great is taken from us so suddenly. It is apparent that he impacted people around him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

— Stephanie Greene
September 15, 2008 at 6:34 p.m.

hm this is such a tragic for all RMS students, he was one of the nicest staff of RMS . always smiling, always willing to help . ofcourse everyone is saddened by the lost . we will miss you mister grace and you may rest in peace . he was such a great man . i hope youre in a better place now and we will all miss you dearly .

— Jane
September 15, 2008 at 6:34 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a great counselor and he made all students middle school a lot easier. I'll miss him soo much. rest in peace!

— Joanna Tan
September 15, 2008 at 6:34 p.m.

o man he was the best counceler ever he was ganna give me first period but he took me out.I known him sooo long....................:(:(:(:(:(:(:((

— vicken arabanlian
September 15, 2008 at 6:42 p.m.

Mr. Grace..........we'll miss ya, our years at Roosevelt would not have been the same without you. Even though we have long since left Roosevelt, we have never forgotten you and your cheerful disposition. Condolences to the family for the terrible loss.

R.I.P. Mr. Grace, we miss you so much

— Andy & Alex
September 15, 2008 at 6:44 p.m.

My deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Grace's family , i am a former student of RMS, and i can't believe we lost such a great person, you will truly be missed.

— sye
September 15, 2008 at 6:44 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a great person. He was one of the few people in rms that was actually cool. he dedicated his life to make sure we students would have a great future. We all miss you, and I'm also sorry for your family.
R.I.P. Mr. Grace! all of us will miss you so much!

— Luther Bailey
September 15, 2008 at 6:49 p.m.

Mr. Grace was an amazing counselor and he was always there for help or advice, no matter who needed it. He was the kind of person that loved what he did. I am a sophomore in high school now, but i will always remember my middle school years at Roosevelt, where Mr. Grace has left his permanent mark of compassion and assistance. Mr. Grace, you will not be forgotten, and you will always live in our hearts. May God be with you and your family. R.I.P.

— Alissa C.
September 15, 2008 at 6:52 p.m.

Wow, I can't believe this

— student
September 15, 2008 at 6:53 p.m.

Mr. Grace was the awesomest councler ever!@#@!#@ he wasnt even our counselor, but damn he had respect......<3 we miss him and his lovely smile. love u mr. grace and all da blessing for his family

— Vazgen and Ani S.
September 15, 2008 at 7:14 p.m.

Mr. Grace was one of those teachers you'll always remember; caring, patient, and overall just a really nice person. RIP =[

— A Panameno
September 15, 2008 at 7:16 p.m.

wow the news of mr grace pasing away was very hurtful having the honor to help him around as one of his ta was wonderful i will always remeber hgim he was a wonderful man and was so loyal ill miss you mr grace.....

— emma moreno
September 15, 2008 at 7:19 p.m.

Mr. Grace was in charge of the student counseling (conflict managers) program at RMS and I remember him training us to help solve other students problems. He would always call me in to help train the new seventh graders in conflict managing. I also remember being at a basketball game and being a cheerleader, I yelled out "Go Mr. Grace!" because he was the referee and he turned to me and gave me the nicest smile. He was certainly the kindest person at Roosevelt Middle School. I still remember a picture of a baby covered in spagehti that hung in his office. I will never forget him.

— Kimberly
September 15, 2008 at 7:22 p.m.

oh gosh the news of Mr. Grace passing away was very devisating. At firt i thought it was just a lie and hoping it was, but then i found out it was true and felt really bummed. He was the nices man ever and the best counceler. I will miss you Mr. Grace..and will have you in my heart...Rest In Peace Mr. Grace! =(

— Katrherine Rodriguez
September 15, 2008 at 7:28 p.m.

Man...Mr. Grace,

you was my first counselor, and the best one i had too. i still remember being in your room and talking to you.

R.I.P. Sir, Roosevelts not going to be the same without you.

— Atony
September 15, 2008 at 7:32 p.m.

minute you're there, next you're not. Really miss you Mr. Grace.Everyone's chests are pounding, most of them can't believe. I hope the wife and sons the best. God made us all in a way in which we can handle everything life throws at us.

Everyone's praying for you.

— Samantha
September 15, 2008 at 7:32 p.m.

To Jan, Brian, Andrew and the rest of the Grace family: I'm so deeply sorry this happened to Ronnie. It's so unfair. I wish I could say something to make you guys feel better, but I know I can't. The only thing that will help, from my experience is -- time. If there's anything I can do, however, please let me know.
I will miss Ronnie as well. Although I only knew him for a few years, I felt very comfortable around him. He welcomed me into the family and was always nice to me. He also got me into a game that I now love, golf. The first few times we played he kicked my butt good. But I practiced for a year and was eager to get him out there again. I told him I was going to beat him the next time we played and he laughed and said, "he didn't think so." He was probably right.
I'm going to miss you Ronnie. You were a great guy!!!

— Steve
September 15, 2008 at 7:41 p.m.

When I heard this, I thought it was a cruel joke. When I found out it was true, I was shocked. He was the best counselor a troubled teenager could have in middle school. He will be terribly missed. R.I.P. Mr. Ronald Grace <3

— Alice B.
September 15, 2008 at 7:42 p.m.

he was the only counsler that understood... RIP

— yura babalaryan
September 15, 2008 at 7:43 p.m.

i used to be his assistant and help him when he needed papers passed out
i got goosebumbs when i heard he past away he was seriously an amazing man.
he will be missed by so many people.

— hripsime
September 15, 2008 at 7:44 p.m.

I, among many, was also a Rough Rider at Roosevelt Middle School. I'm currently going to Glendale High. I feel as if this is the closest I've ever been to death. When I heard that Mr.Grace from RMS had died on the bulletin, I researched his name relating to the Metrolink crash recently on the internet, looked through the 2005 and 2006 yearbooks (during which time I was in Roosevelt), and found that he was the 6th and 8th grade counselor who assisted with scheduling students' classes and working with students, I felt a little bit of a sudden awakening... The thing is, I've never really heard of someone I had a relation to, die. Not for as long as I remember. There's just one glimpse in my past in which I was dragged into a funeral and my mom bursting into tears... but I didn't really know what was going on then. Now, I take notice of things more.
the fact that I believe in life after death, I sometimes don't see why people get so devastated by death. I understand that when you're close to that person, it's really difficult. But the thing is, we as human beings past away but our spirits, our consciousness exists forever. SOmetimes it's better to move on into a brighter place called heaven because who would want to stay in this world where complicated problems, misfortunes, diseases, and imperfections thrive? Faith is another reason why people shouldn't be afraid to die.

Rest in Peace Mr.Grace. I didn't get to know you much but I remember talking to you maybe a couple of times if not only once. From what everybody says about you, I'll see you in heaven.

— Chellie Joyce Codilla
September 15, 2008 at 7:47 p.m.

Ronald Grace interviewed me for AVID in 6th grade:[
that was 3 years ago, but i remember it so vividly.

it was really eerie hearing this very unfortunate news.

I have friends who went to roosevelt that always spoke very highly of him.

May he rest in peace, and my condolences to his family and friends.

— G.S.K
September 15, 2008 at 7:54 p.m.

Geez, this really bites Mr. Grace was really chill. He treated all of us really great. He wasn't like the rest of the staff. We'll miss you R.I.P. :(

— Emmy
September 15, 2008 at 7:54 p.m.


— Anahit Krikorian
September 15, 2008 at 8:05 p.m.

R.I.P Mr.Grace

— unknown
September 15, 2008 at 8:12 p.m.

hey Mr.Grace if u can hear me

u were the best counsler ever we will all miss u

— Gabriel Fonseca
September 15, 2008 at 8:18 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a great counselor. He was a very nice,and hard working person.He was so dedicated towards helping the students. I was shocked when i heard the tragic news this morning. I could not believe it for a minute; i mean it was unbelievable. My condolences to family and friends.Rest in Peace Mr. Grace.

— Parbi Boodaghian
September 15, 2008 at 8:19 p.m.

R.I.P. =[
Thx Fo All Your Help
You'll Be Missed & Neva Forgotten
For Ever Live On...

— Xcho H.
September 15, 2008 at 8:42 p.m.

And Im Here Praying Me Respects To My Old Consuler Mr.Grace
R.I.P. For Ever Live On...
All Our Memories Will Last..
Keeping You In Our Hearts Will Always Be A Must...
The Moment I Heard You Were Dead I Felt Heart Brokein
And I Didn't Kno What To Say
R.I.P. All ways will be in our hearts
You will be missed and NEVER FORGOTTEN

— Xcho H.
September 15, 2008 at 9:01 p.m.

i barley new mr.grace he was my rms counselor ,i saw him and said hi to him lik a day or 2 before this happened, it's like one day he's alive and the next he's's crazy well i hope he's in a better place

— melanie f.
September 15, 2008 at 9:02 p.m.

it was schocking to hear what happened to mr. grace. i had to ask my friend twice because i just couldn't believe it. today i was talking to a few of my rms friends and its just weird to know that we actually knew someone who was part of the crash. i mean out of all the people. i just want to pay my respects and tell u all how kind and wonderful a counselor this guy was. he was the one who encouraged me to join advance programs and mr. grace, you ARE in a better place. i guess ur work here is done and regards to ur family and friends.

— kimberly m. class of 2006
September 15, 2008 at 9:05 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a very kind man, a great counselor and a friend to many. I couldn't believe it when i heard of his death. He has made an impact on many people. Everyone will truly miss him. R.I.P. He will remain in my prayers. Thank you Mr. Grace for everything.

— Patricia M.
September 15, 2008 at 9:05 p.m.

I can't believe this. I went to Roosevelt in the 80's. Mr. Grace was the first person to give me a chance and to believe in me. I will never forget the jokes he used to tell in class and the way he would be stern when needed. One summer he invited us to a BBQ and to help him clean his pool. We all learned the lesson that day of hard work. I went back about 10 years ago to speak and met him again in the hallway, he hadn't changed...still Mr. Grace, still concerned about me and my life. My condolences to him and his family.

— Nick Alenkin
September 15, 2008 at 9:09 p.m.

Mr. Grace, I'm going to miss you so much. You weren't my advisor, but I still came to you when I needed help. Thank you so much for what you've engraved in me; the life lessons, the education, and the humor really made a difference for me when I went to Roosevelt. R.I.P, Mr. Grace. I'll come home to visit Roosevelt soon.

— Rosana Tran, El paso, TX
September 15, 2008 at 9:16 p.m.

you help me alot.

— tim bailey
September 15, 2008 at 9:20 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a great man and now that he's gone RMS won't be the same without him the school is different now. On Saturday when my friend called me and told me I didn't really believe it but then as I called the metrolink to see what had happened to you but there was nothing and then on Sunady when I looked at the deaths of people and Mr. Grace's name was there I was so devastated. I'm going to miss Mr. Grace very much and now when I pass by the office or if I am in the office it will be uncomfortable. I remember when it was a month before leaving my elementary school and then off to RMS for 7th grade Mr. Grace was the one that interviewed me for AVID and he was such a nice, caring, and wonderful man. I'll never forget everyday after school you would be standing by the office steps watching everyone go by and you always had on that big smile on your face. My condolences to the Grace Family and Friends. He will always be in our hearts and never ever forgotten by anyone. Rest in Peace Mr. Grace.

— Rine M.
September 15, 2008 at 9:44 p.m.

My older sister went to Roosevelt. I went to Roosevelt. My younger sister went to Roosevelt. And now, my younger brother goes to Roosevelt.

We all knew Mr. Grace. We all loved Mr. Grace. He was probably the most caring, most influential, most helpful staff member in that middle school. He remembered me and all of my siblings after all these years. On the day of the crash, he called my brother to his office in the morning just to have a conversation with him... asking him how me and my sisters are. He told my brother, "So, you're the last Crisostomo huh?" He told my brother to say hi to us. This was very meaningful to me because it simply shows how he still cared for us even though we graduated from middle school years ago. It shows that he truly cares about and knows his students.

My brother is really affected by this news. He's been calling me constantly just talking to me about the accident. I think it impacted him greatly that a man he first met and talked to on that day faced death less than 24 hours later. My parents can't stop thinking about it. When my mom first heard about it, she kept telling me, "Kia, I want Mr. Grace to still be alive. Why HIM?" My whole family is in sorrow. Mr. Grace made a huge difference in our lives.

I guess, the good die young. I'm sure he's in heaven. Thank you so much for everything, Mr. Grace.

— Nikiya Crisostomo
September 15, 2008 at 9:53 p.m.

i left roosevelt middle school three years ago. and mr. grace was a great counsler. he was the best.

— monica chaj
September 15, 2008 at 9:54 p.m.

Wow, Mr. Grace was the best, Such a friendly person always there for everyone. It's sad now that his gone, but I know that his always going to be remembered in all of out hearts. We love you Mr. Grace Forever & Always.

— Erika
September 15, 2008 at 9:56 p.m.

Im someone who relied on Mr. Grace at school. He was a good counsler and a close friend. Someone you can talk to and get answers to problems and questions. with all due respect i believe i speak for everyone when I say "Mr. Grace, the school will never be the same without you." You not only changed my life you made an impact on many others. Thank You very much.R.I.P. =(

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

— Arthur M. Khamtrashyan
September 15, 2008 at 9:59 p.m.

you will be missed ill always remember your red polo and khaki shorts <3

— b.c.k
September 15, 2008 at 10:01 p.m.

mr. grace was such a kind, friendly guy and he was always there to help out. i cant believe that hes gone now. i was shocked when i heard the news and he will always be remembered as a great man and as one of the good counselors that ive had. R.I.P. Mr. Grace.

— vanessa l.
September 15, 2008 at 10:06 p.m.

I met Ron 12 years ago when I met my husband, his nephew, Bryn. In those 12 years, I have seen how much of a positive force he was in many lives, including my husband's. He was always fun loving and wanted nothing but the best for everyone that was in his life. It's a tragedy beyond all belief that he is gone and he still had so much to do. My heart goes out to Jan, Andrew, Brian and the Grace family for the tremendous loss they have suffered.

— Shannon Everett
September 15, 2008 at 10:08 p.m.

I didn't know him that much, but I know he was a good, kind, counselor. RMS will never forget Mr. Grace. He reminded everybody about those 100 credits and how important it is, especially for us 8th graders. Life is really surprising..But we all know you're in a better place right now..

RIP Mr. Grace

— janine b
September 15, 2008 at 10:19 p.m.

Mr. Grace
u were like the best counseler ever
u were loved and respected by everyone
i hope you had no regrets when u passed
and as i scrolled down to the little comment box
i read the names of my fellow classmates
from my time at roosevelt and i see proof
of how great a counseler and person
you were

may the lord be with you

— marian kourieh
September 15, 2008 at 10:24 p.m.

he was the bestttt that is all i have to say
RIP Mr. Grace you will always be in our hearts
i cant imagine how something can happen to a good man like that. i will never forget him he was the best always helping people out. wooow the only thing is that y him out of everyone else =/ this is one of the worst news i have heard in my life
we love u Mr. Grace RIP

— meri
September 15, 2008 at 10:28 p.m.

I can't believe it! I just heard the news about Mr. Grace. I had the honor of knowing him. He was my P.E. coach back in 1985 thru 1987 at Roosevelt Jr. High, Glendale, CA. He was always involved with the students, helping us, guiding us, and even played ball with us. I didn't even know he was still involved at the school. The city has truly suffered a great loss.
My condolences to his family.....

— Andres Andrade
September 15, 2008 at 10:29 p.m.

Mr. grace was my counceler 2 years ago. he was the best councelor that i ever had and he was a great role model. mr. grce was a very nice and warm hearted man. may he rest in peace.

September 15, 2008 at 10:47 p.m.

I knew Mr. Grace when i was in middle school. His gentle smile and encouragements always helped students to strive for the better. I hope you rest at peace.

— Angela Jeong
September 15, 2008 at 10:50 p.m.

Mr. Grace was not only a counselor but a good friend and mentor. He helped many students including myself and many of my family members with any problem. I can only offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

— Davit Z.
September 15, 2008 at 11:30 p.m.

Wow! I cannot believe that Mr. Grace died... I couldn't believe it when my brother called me today and told me. But now that I checked, he was there (I was hoping that it was the wrong person, but it was true). I had Mr. Grace as a counselor in Roosevelt Middle School, many years ago. I occasionally visited him, last time I saw him I was told him that I was going to school to be a teacher, but now that I'm done, I will not have the chance to tell him :( My thoughts go out to his family. I will never forget him, his smile, his help and his simple hello's that made me feel welcomed. Like many have said above, he was a great man and will be he will truly missed. My prayers go out to Mr. Grace's family. God Bless

— Daisy Contreras
September 15, 2008 at 11:34 p.m.

We were both so very sad and shocked to hear about Ron. We all went to high school together and remember him as a great guy..R.I.P Ron and God Bless his family.

— John & Barbara Doucette
September 15, 2008 at 11:39 p.m.

wow...he was in charge of conflict managers when i went to of the most sweetest man out there...he would try to help you out with everything...i am in complete shock...and still don't believe in peace mr. prayers go out to his family!

— marine zograbyan
September 16, 2008 at 12:08 a.m.

Mr. Grace was one of the most amazing mentors I have ever met through all of my years of schooling. I'm in utter shock and I hope he knew how influential he was in the lives of so many students, especially mine. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

— Lusi akopyan
September 16, 2008 at 12:18 a.m.

I may not have known Mr. Grace compare to others but one thing I know about him, he always seem to lighten up the room with his smile and kindness. When the breaking news came up on television I was tuned out and devastated about it but to even hear from my sister the next day that Mr. Grace was part of metrolink crash I was in denial and full of mixed emotions. My condolences to his family and friends.

— Anne Gielyn Asi
September 16, 2008 at 12:36 a.m.

Mr. Grace was a great man putting in massive effort to steer our youth onto a triumphant path. Rest in peace Mr. Grace, my condolences, I'll never forget you.

— William M
September 16, 2008 at 1:02 a.m.

i did not know Mr. Grace at all.
i didnt even attend roosevelt.
but for some reason i feel like piece of me has been torn away.
from skimming through this page, i get tears in my eyes
lots of love to his family,
and may this wonderful man rest in peace.

remember everythign happens for a reason, this is definitely not pleasing but there is hope for all left to come to us.

— LiLi Gevorkian
September 16, 2008 at 1:35 a.m.

His caring and kind nature showed all the time. It saddens me to hear that a saint like Mr. Grace had to leave this world. We need more people like him. My condolences to his family and friends.

— Ej
September 16, 2008 at 1:39 a.m.

I never knew Mr. Grace when I went to Roosevelt. But from all the nice stories people have told about him, I'm sure I would have liked him if I'd met him. I'm so sorry that his life had to end like this.

— Megan Vigilia
September 16, 2008 at 3:22 a.m.

Mr. Grace was my counselor from 93-95. He was caring, compassionate, and had an incredible amount of patience. I remember him on two occasions. 1)He called me into his office to fix a quarrel I had with another class mate and would not let me leave until we resolved it. 2) He helped my mother and I out when I became pregnant in 9th grade. He knew I would do great and believed in not only me but everyone of his students. He was also my daughters counselor in 7th grade and he helped her succeed academically, he was a man dedicated to his students and he will never be forgotten. I'm grateful my family and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Grace during our lifetime.

— Yeni Trejo
September 16, 2008 at 8:24 a.m.

I knew Ron Grace as Coach Grace. He was a physical education and U.S. history teacher at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox school in Northridge before he moved on to RMS. He developed the sports program at the school. I can still remember him writing his notes on the black board for our history classes. He made history come alive. I was just talking about him this week with friends. God bless you Coach, you inspired my love of history that flourishes today. You will be truly missed. St. Nicholas Class of '85

— Jason Linquata
September 16, 2008 at 8:56 a.m.

mr grace was a mentor and a friend to me and to all of us will miss you allot. playing basketball after school was was his favorite!

— john varela
September 16, 2008 at 9:27 a.m.

How deeply sad I feel for the loss of Ron Grace. For over 13 years, I worked alongside Ron at RMS. From day one of meeting Ron, it was apparent to me and others that he was a special man who possessed qualities of kindness, caring, understanding,selfless giving to others,and an openness to actively listen to all students and the RMS staff. We worked together on programs and pojects that promoted students' academic and personal growth whereby Ron was a team member in all sense of the word. His legacy to his family and students will always serve as an inspiration and guiding light. May G-d comfort his wife, Jan and his sons.

— Roz Riboh
September 16, 2008 at 10:15 a.m.

Reading these remembrances, it is clear that Ron accomplished more in his life and touched more people in a positive way than most of us could ever dream of doing. What a beautiful legacy.

I hope that it will give Jan, Andrew and Brian some peace to know that Ron's goodness will live on in so many.

— A friend
September 16, 2008 at 11:13 a.m.

We met Ron in 1979, when he came to our physical therapy office for treatment. Over the years, we have become dear friends and been through many life changes. We were at Ron and Jan's wedding and have watched Andrew and Brian grow up to be fine young men.
During the 29 years that we have known Ron, he still holds the record for the "most areas treated", which made him laugh!
We smile when we think of Ron's love of life and people and mourn the loss of such a fine human being.
Heaven has received another angel!

— Lyn and Cindy Taylor
September 16, 2008 at 1:33 p.m.


— Shorty
September 16, 2008 at 1:50 p.m.

Dear Jan, My heart is overwhelmed! To you and your sons, Andrew and Brian, I wish I could hold and comfort you. Just know I am with you in my heart and am praying for you. Only God fully knows all you are going through, and please know that "Underneath are the Everlasting Arms." I wish I would have known Ron - from all the tributes written above, what a wonderful man he was. I care deeply.

— Connie Vetter
September 16, 2008 at 2:11 p.m.

This still has not set in my mind right. I graduated Roosevelt Middle School few years back and Mr. Grace was the best councelor I ever had. He helped me with all my class schedule. He always had a smile on his face. I will miss him greatly. Rest in peace Mr. Grace. You will be missed greatly.

— Anonymous
September 16, 2008 at 2:12 p.m.

The paradox of Ron Grace is he represented the continuity of our district and at the same time the change of our district. You see, his mother was a smart and highly skilled school secretary at Roosevelt back in the days when smart women had fewer career options. So Ron was second generation Roosevelt. But he was very much a part of the future. The girls he sent up to us at Clark Magnet were filmmakers, robot builders, graphic artists and such. Ron really understood both his students and Clark Magnet. He did his work carefully always with kindness and good humor. Ron, you will be missed.

— Karen Carlson
September 16, 2008 at 3:31 p.m.

Truly had a gift for understanding and working with young adults. A devastating loss for the school and community.

— Joseph Seong
September 16, 2008 at 3:36 p.m.

Nearly eight years have passed since I was a student at Roosevelt Middle School and yet he is one counselor, mentor, and friend that I will never forget. He was a factor in the advancement of so many student's educational careers that it seems surreal to lose him so tragically. Years ago, and judging from the posts above, he is the same person, unfazed by the harsh realities of the world and always with a smile. Did he still stand by the doors where the math and science corridors connect? It seems I will always remember him walking down the halls; always happy, always laughing, and the one person that could brighten your spirits on a sad day. He was an incredible person. His personality was so engaging that even as a 7th grader, though shy, I was enthralled to be around him to see what he had to say. I know that he will ALWAYS be remembered at Glendale Unified School District. My deepest condolences to his family and friends..there's a group of us at UCLA that will never forget you.

— Lia Oganesyan
September 16, 2008 at 3:42 p.m.

Oh Lori, I am so sorry to hear about Ronnie. I was stunned when Dierdre told me. I remember you and him surfing when I came down to San Diego a few years ago. You both were having such fun and laughing so much. He still treated you like the little sister he adored. I'll call you soon.

— Paula Rehwaldt
September 16, 2008 at 3:47 p.m.

Sitting at home the way I do, I'd just love the hear from people. All of the sudden i hear mr. grace has passed away. i lough and say "are you kidding me?" the person writes back saying "no i am seriouse." That is when i realized that this unbelieveable tragdy has actually took place. The first thing that came to mind was how he would talk to me and help me go through tough times. He knew how to treat people. he was one that always had a smile on his face even if he was having a hard time with something. I would TA the office 2 years ago, and i would sit by him looking at the way he would explain things to studdents. It would always brighten up my day knowing that there are actually some poeple who take there time to make others better people in this world. He was the best counslor i had and will ever have. All i could say is Rest In Peace!

— Satenik G.
September 16, 2008 at 4:17 p.m.


— Gissela & Jamilet
September 16, 2008 at 4:24 p.m.

he wasmy counselor,a great lovingman i misshim soooooooooooo much

— lilit
September 16, 2008 at 4:24 p.m.

Mr. Grace was the best counslers at are school even though i didnt know him well it was still heart wrenching news when i found out that he had pastaway. When i walk threw the hall way of ny school every single teacher was crying that almost made me break down and cry.

R.I.P Mr. Grace

— arlen
September 16, 2008 at 4:29 p.m.

mr garce was the bestststs counsler at rms in glendale califroniaa he helped me alot at 7th garde he changed my whole skedule for me just because i dident like my teachers nd he gave me detention whenever i desreved it and i cant belive this happened to him anywayz mr .grace u will always be remerbed at rms .. i wanted you to come to my 8th grade graduation this year but oh well anywayz thanks for all you did for me ... bye <33333333

— anieeeee :)
September 16, 2008 at 4:56 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a wonderful human being and great mentor for me and every student he ever met. He attended every single one of my high school basketball games and even other sports events other students participated in. This is a sad day for Glendale and we will ALL miss you!

— Tomik Iranosian
September 16, 2008 at 5:05 p.m.

Oh most definitely, there is absolutely no doubt that Mr. Grace was an amazing person, very devoted to his career as a counselor.
I attended Roosevelt starting 5 years ago, and I can tell you that he knew us all by name, and he took care of us like we were his flock, just as I'm most certain that God is looking after him now.
It's very sad to talk about this, but we all know and remember this man as someone who mad a major positive in all the lives he was in. I agree with the comments made above, he was an angel here on earth.

Obviously we were all touched by his presence,
and it's still here today,
but I know that it's not ever going to be the same at RMS.
I'm glad he got to see me through middle school.

I wish that I could be in California with all my friends who knew him as well so that we could share the memories we had shared with him together..

My condolences to the family of Mr. Grace and also to the other victim's families.

— Trinity Rojas, grad of RMS student
September 16, 2008 at 5:09 p.m.

Mr grace i wanted you to see me on stage
since we always talked about it well, i hope
you can see me from up there. You will always be
remembered at roosevelt middle school


— lilit
September 16, 2008 at 5:40 p.m.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Grace family. God must have something better for them because Ron was a great man and awesome father. Jan, Andrew and Brian if you ever need anything please call.
"Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalm 13:25-26

— Cheryl Florio
September 16, 2008 at 5:53 p.m.

just in case yu didnt know, im a former student of RMS & yu will be remembered as the only "nice counselor who didnt give me ATS." im sure yu will be missed by many people and thank yu so much for guiding the way towards my own career.

— Hyejin Kwon
September 16, 2008 at 5:56 p.m.

Mr. Grace was a nice guy. I didn't know him too well, but he was a great counselor.

— Student of Roosevelt Middle School.
September 16, 2008 at 5:58 p.m.

He was my counselor and at my last year at Roosevelt i was his TA. He was very nice and always smiled at everyone whether you were in trouble or not. He helped thousands of kids to be happy and my condolences for his family. Mr.Grace will always be remembered and Roosevelt will never be the same again.

— Michelle
September 16, 2008 at 6:04 p.m.

i graduated from Roosevely Middle School about 3 years ago and i was T.A for him and the whole office he was such a great man he always cared for everyone i stikl cant belive he really is gone his place will show alot u were the best councler mr grace u will be missed very much!

— =\
September 16, 2008 at 6:10 p.m.

Mr.Grace was my counselor at Roosevelt Middle School, I still can't grasp such a thing happening to such a genuine, kind hearted person... This is a great tragedy. My condolences go out to him and his family.

— Christine
September 16, 2008 at 6:21 p.m.

he dose not deserve this...
hevan was needing a hero

— n/a
September 16, 2008 at 6:35 p.m.

Mr. Grace was both mine and my older sister's counselor at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale. My condolences go out to Mr. Grace's family during this extremely hard time. Being out of middle school for so many years, we can still distinctly remember his friendly gestures and constant smile. Thanks for being an amazing counselor Mr. Grace.

— two glendale students
September 16, 2008 at 6:36 p.m.

I remember Mr. Grace was my counselor at RMS 5 years ago.

He was such a nice guy who was a model citizen and wanted nothing but the best for all of his students and he truly deserved the best.

My condolences to his family.

— Hakop
September 16, 2008 at 6:40 p.m.

school is so despressing w.o grace

— :(
September 16, 2008 at 7 p.m.

I am like so upset that he died i was about to start crying in class. Once I have heard the news it was from 2 of my friends names Hasmik and Gaby at first im like there suck liers then at skool on monday and i saw lots of teachers crying well all of them. this was such a tradgic moment i miss MR. Grace he was the bomb at RMS the best counsalar the good thing is that everyone at RMS will remember him 4ever and ever .reast in peace mr. grace....sorry grace family...

— angelica
September 16, 2008 at 7:31 p.m.

I feel sorry for the grace family.I feel bad because the first time i ment him was last tuesday.And the thing is he was my sixth grade counsler now that really hurts=[

— Carlos Gomez
September 16, 2008 at 7:41 p.m.




— lupe:]
September 16, 2008 at 7:57 p.m.

I am so very sorry about the passing of Ron Grace. The smiling picture I saw of him today on the news took my breath away. That smile is what I remember most about him from high school and many years after.
It is no surprise to see how many young lives he touched and changed for the better.
I am praying for his entire family, especially his wife and sons.

— Roxann Valento Shade
September 16, 2008 at 8 p.m.

Mr. Grace will sure be missed.
We all miss you and thanks for everything
you have done, you made peoples lives changed
and always made people smile. I remember
one time we were playing softball against other
classes and you would be the one instructing and watching us
play, good times and i would always ask you when the games
would be because i would always be confused, you were so much
help, and i can't believe that your gone now.
I really don't think you deserved what happened on that day.
I also remember you helping me with my schedules and always being
super nice and whenever i had problems in 7th grade you would
talk it out with me, thanks for everything you made my middle school
years the best!

Rest in peace Mr. Grace, your in a better place now
& i hope your family is okay from what happened >:[
We will all miss you <3

— Tiffany Gonzales
September 16, 2008 at 8:18 p.m.

It still is hard for me to believe what has happened.
Who would have known that something so horrible could have happened to a man full of compassion and love for everyone around him. I don't think I could have made it through middle school without Mr. Grace's help. He was a very encouraging man no matter what it came down to. I can recall our lunch training sessions for the high jump during track and field season. That year i got second and i owed it all to him. Actually, I owe him a lot, but now i will have to just send my condolences to his family and pray for him.
He'll never be forgotten. Rest in paradise Mr. GRACE! :]<3

— Nina Enciso
September 16, 2008 at 8:40 p.m.

i miss ron immensely. while i'd known him for a mere five years or so, ron's death has been very, very difficult to accept. i find myself here each night because, it seems, this is the closest thing to being with ron. in my fifteen years or so as an educator, ron is amongst the rarest of individuals...truly caring for and truly dedicated to all those he encountered, as undeniably evidenced by the posts here.

what great joy it would have been to have known ron the way so many people here have expressed -- what a remarkable teacher, friend, and family man he was. as a parent myself, my thoughts have been and will be with ron's family and friends...may his presence remain eternally in your lives.

— a colleague and friend
September 16, 2008 at 8:43 p.m.

Wow! RIP when my high school teacher told me about this accident I was shocked! Mr. Grace was the best counselor Roosevelt middle school ever had he was like the heart and soul of the school anything you needed help with Mr.Grace would help us. He was always joking with us and being our friend. What can I say may god be with his family and RIP.

— Annie G
September 16, 2008 at 9:30 p.m.

Mr. Grace was not only an intelligent and caring counselor, but he was a great man. I remember the endless hours I would spend in his office whining for him to change my classes. Not only was he loved by the staff but all the students loved him as well. We will miss you dearly.

— Tina
September 16, 2008 at 9:30 p.m.

Mr. Grace was not only an intelligent and caring counselor, but he was a great man. I remember the endless hours I would spent in his office pleading for him to change my classes. Not only did the staff and administrators love him, but all students adored him as well. We will miss you dearly, Mr. Grace.

— Tina
September 16, 2008 at 9:33 p.m.

Though I never knew Mr. Grace personally, I have a great respect for him. He was always known as the "nice" counselor. Devoted to sports, his school, and most of all, his family. I kno that as i write this your in heaven smiling down. Mr. Grace, i want you to know that you were a great inspiration to all, your students, colleuges, and family. I will miss you very much !

— Elizabeth Perez
September 16, 2008 at 9:36 p.m.

I love how he really cared for his students. He wanted everyone of us to succeed. He also coached basketball games and he was a very fair man. He will be remembered for his hard work and his passion for doing his job. We will miss u Mr.Grace Shant Babayan

— Shant babayan
September 16, 2008 at 10:14 p.m.

I am shocked and saddened. I knew "coach" Ron Grace almost 30 years ago from age 10 to 15. I was in grade school and junior high at Saint Nicolas School in Granada Hills. He had a huge impact on me..always encouraged me and made me believe in myself. I achieved things I never thought I could. He had a quick wit and a kind spirit. He was always happy and positive. I was lucky to have known him. My condolences go out to his family...he will always be remembered.

— Lori Turbow
September 16, 2008 at 10:16 p.m.

My condolences to his family and friends, he will be missed.

— Leo Minasyan
September 16, 2008 at 10:49 p.m.

mr.grace was the best always smiling and always happy his death has really affected rhs staff and students anyway god bless the grace familiy.

— Rone safarian
September 16, 2008 at 11:12 p.m.


-CLASS OF 2002

September 16, 2008 at 11:36 p.m.

Mr. Grace was always energetic and always was devoted to helping kids. Everything he did, he did it with passion. He was always there and finding ways to helping kids have a bright future. Truly will be missed.

— Paolo de Leon
September 16, 2008 at 11:48 p.m.

I've been hesitant in taking the plunge to write on this memory wall. Attempting to sum up the importance of my Roosevelt years (about 8 years ago) and the part Mr. Grace played is an intimidating task. A wall-post probably won't do it justice. At USC, a major that I am about to complete focuses on my ability to value a company. Mr. Grace's untimely passing made me question my ability to value myself to my friends and loved ones. The only reasonable conclusion that I can think of is maybe a person's value is driven by their ability to bring people together (even years after they had last spoken) and their ability to leave a lasting impression. Going by these standards, Mr. Grace was certainly priceless to all that he had met along the way.

— Nicolas Alparaz
September 16, 2008 at 11:56 p.m.

Mr. Grace was greatly appreciated and loved by everyone. He was one of the reasons why i enjoyed my years at roosevelt so much.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP Ron Grace. you will be missed dearly.

— brian bernese
September 17, 2008 at 12:13 a.m.

My condolences to the Grace Family. When I attended Roosevelt Middle School, you were among one of the few who believed in me. You were there, not just for me, but for all the students as well. For that, I can't thank you enough.

You will always be remembered.

RIP Mr. Grace

— Araceli Gonzales
September 17, 2008 at 8:28 a.m.

Ron's passing was a huge loss for us all. Our kids grew up with his and we consider them our own. It will be a long haul for us all getting used to not having Ron around.
At first I was so happy at all the friends, relatives and neighbor's that rallied around that weekend to help but now it is five days past and there are still way too many people hanging around the house. They need to know your sentiments, but they need privacy to grieve too.
Another tragedy hit the Grace family on Monday when their beloved dog was hit by a car and killed. Makes you wonder how much a person can take!
I'm grateful for my association with this remarkable family - a kind and loving wife, smart and happy kids, and Ron - whose impact on life you can easily see when you read all these comments.
We love you Grace Family. Ron is in a better place than we are, that's for sure!

— A Neighbor
September 17, 2008 at 10:03 a.m.

Mr.Grace was the best person ever.Nice,funny,and smart.He tought all of us soccer,football,also softball.He was healthy an didnt diserve to die.

— Andrea Mestre
September 17, 2008 at 10:05 a.m.

Mr.Grace was a geat coach for soccer , football,and softball.Mr.Grace was a wonderful teacher . He was very funning ,talented ,and smart. When i first heard about this accident , my heart started to beat faster because i was so shoked that he past away . Put i have noticed that wasn't a goodbye it was just a see you later.

— julianna aguilar
September 17, 2008 at 10:07 a.m.

It is difficult to put into words how devastating of a loss this is. For all those he has inspired and encouraged and for the students that will never have the pleasure. You will be truly missed.

— Khris
September 17, 2008 at 11:44 a.m.

Mr. G was like a second father to me. So many memories in the past 10-11 years that I've known him. His sons andrew and brian are like family to me. I hope all will be well my heart goes out to the whole grace family, they are wonderful, caring people. Always making a world a better place. To my bestfriend brian. Stay strong b, your dad is in a better place. Stay focused st ucla he will always be watching down on u guys. I'm always here for u. I have been for past 11 years we been friends. Mr g was so happy and so smart. I still can't believe this actually happend. Big sport fan. Taught a lot to the neighborhood kids growing up. The grace family lost a loved one but they gained an angel. Rip mr grace. Never forget you.

— Aimen Assil
September 17, 2008 at 11:45 a.m.

I didn't know Ronald Grace, but I am lucky enough to know his son Brian. And I know that Brian is a great person, one who his peers (including myself) admire for his intelligence, charisma, and overall respect for others. I can only assume from the comments I have read on this memorial that Ronald Grace shares these same qualities with his son. Brian, I have been thinking about you these past few days and just know that my heart goes out to you and your family wholly and completely; it is so unfair what happened but I know you are a strong person and will make it through while also helping others around you. That's the kind of guy you are. Also know that you have many good friends here for you whenever you need us. RIP Ronald Grace

— Bridget Engle
September 17, 2008 at 12:18 p.m.

well first my condolence to his family and im very sorry to hear this. Mr. Grace was my counselor @ Roosevelt jr.high he was such a nice person he would always say things dat wouldnt hurt you and things dat would make you feel special. i just heard he past away today by one of my sisters and i just couldnt believe it, i just had to look for him online in order for me to believe it and it is true it hurts me so much just remember Mr. Grace you will always be missed and we love you so sad you left us here so soon but some day will meet again dats for sure so i wont say goodbye but ill see you later Mr. Grace #1

— marisol gonzalez
September 17, 2008 at 12:18 p.m.

While I had lost touch with Ron over the many years since our days at Bell-Jeff, the memories of him being a great and wonderful friend have never faded, and never will. He was quick with a smile, and quicker with a kind word. There was never a dull moment when Ron was around, whether it was kicking around during school, after school, on the playing field, or just wherever he happened to be and whomever he happened to be with. This truly is a loss. I consider it a true privilege to have known Ron, and to be able to call him a friend. I pray with great passion that God be with Jan, Andrew, Brian, Jack, Arleen, Ginger, Michelle, Lorraine, and all of his family, friends, and acquaintances.

Ecclesiastes 12.7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

R. I. P., my shall not be forgotten.

— Steven J. Smith
September 17, 2008 at 12:25 p.m.

Mr Grace was one of the most understanding people anywhere. He would listen and always motivate anyone who entered his office. I remember he would stay after school to watch us play basketball. I will always remember his saying "the glass is half full." Everytime you don't finish a task think of Ron Grace. He never gives up on you so you shouldnt either.

— rigo
September 17, 2008 at 12:39 p.m.

My condolences to the Grace Family. Mr Grace was my PE teacher back in 1990, he was a great teacher. He will be missed. R.I.P Mr. Grace, you have made a difference in my life!

— Anabel Camacho
September 17, 2008 at 2:08 p.m.

I was very shocked when I head that Mr.Grace died.Mr.Grace was an incredible person inside and out.He was my school caunceler and he was very good at whatever he did if it was to be a sports athlet for a team he would be the person who wold love to be on that team.Or if he needed to be the greatest counceler than he would be that.I pray that Mr.Graces family and friends would try to heal their hearts because of what happened to Mr.Grace.I wish his family and friends to live as healthy, strong and happy as possible.i will miss you very much Mr.Grace.

— Tatevick
September 17, 2008 at 4:06 p.m.

Mr. Grace. Mr Grace. Mr Grace. You are the reason I stopped being in a gang. You are the reason that some of my friends are in jail and I work for a fortune 500 company making $150k a year. You are the reason my life looks the way it does. We had that talk that day.. that life changing talk, I was at a fork in the road - and either I would end up like the statistic or step up and be the man I am today! You asked me to dig deep and reject the life that so many other's have. I grew up in a 1 bedroom apartment - my mom had 5 kids. You told me anyone could reach for their dreams - and I did it. I drove by the apartment today and said a prayer for you and your family, maybe everyone should know that a person like you can create better people in the world. Teachers and counselors make a HUGE difference in how we turn out when our one single parent has 2 jobs to feed us. Why don't we pay these people the money you are now giving to AIG and Fannie Mae? Who really deserves the money in this country? I am sorry I am saying this on this Wall of LOVE for you Mr. Grace but you challenged me to be better, so I must ask others to do and be better!! Someone said above you were a Obama supporter - EVERYONE LISTEN! Vote Obama - Life can never be left to the crooks again - we need hope and change for a a better day!!! We need to support teachers and counselors that turn our lives into successes not jails.

God Bless you my man!

— Rickie J
September 17, 2008 at 5:01 p.m.

Ron was such a kind and gentle soul. He was a lovely person who touched so many lives with his joy and generosity. Roosevelt misses him so deeply and we can only imagine the heartbreak his family feels. Our condolences to his family. We will hold you his family in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow.

— Jozet and John
September 17, 2008 at 7:47 p.m.

aright so yeah its sad not only because he passed away but the fact that on monday everyone at the office was crying & the next day they were smiling & laughinggg.
wow idno him tht well but i remeber him just asking me how are youu before i left school on friday.


— maryyy.
September 17, 2008 at 7:47 p.m.

As much as it hurts to see Ron's office empty. As hard as it is to think that Roosevelt students and adults lost a great mentor and spirit of life and education. There are so many memories that are being share at school by everyone that only brings smiles and sunshine to the atmosphere. Even though every one at school is heartbroken and is in pain, these fun memories and stories brighten up these dark days. God bless and cherish his sole and his family!

— Jozet
September 17, 2008 at 8:19 p.m.

When i heard the news about the Metrolink tragedy, i was shocked to hear about my past middle school counselor Ron Grace had past away in such short notice. I went to Roosevelt Middle School in 2003-2004 school year. I will always remember how he encourage me to join AVID and take me to advance classes. Even though, I only remember him from the past, he was a great person. i just wished him that he is in rest in peace place and that our memories about him will stay with us. We are going to miss him...

— Denisse Delgado
September 17, 2008 at 9:02 p.m.

My prayers are with his family & friends, in memory of a great man... he will be missed.

— friend
September 17, 2008 at 9:56 p.m.

When I first heard the news about his death, I was completely shocked. The only thing that I want to say is may he rest in peace, and I hope people won't forget about this great councilor we once had. I went to Roosevelt for 06-07, and I still can't forget how he would always smile to all the students. plus, he changed all my classes each school year until 8th grade of course. I feel like crying right now, but I'll try to stop it. T_T

— Aina
September 17, 2008 at 10:44 p.m.

i didn't meet Mr grace i left Roosevelt in 1984 as i understand when i left he came.he was the counselor for
my two daughters and they said to me that he was
a very good man R. I. P., Mr shall not be forgotten.God bless the grace familiy.

— Sergio Ruiz (Glendale Ca.)
September 17, 2008 at 10:53 p.m.

As a special ed teacher at Roosevelt almost a decade ago, I remember that Ron would make the schedules for the special needs kids first so they would be placed appropriately. He never tired of making change after change, day in and day out, and always with a smile. I cannot recall him ever losing his sense of humor or becoming the least bit frustrated by this task--for the 8 years I was there. He was more than a counselor and is definitely irreplaceable.

— Michael Cohen
September 17, 2008 at 10:57 p.m.


September 17, 2008 at 11:15 p.m.

Dam, what can i say about Mr. Grace. He was like a Second dad to me. He pushed me to strive for excellence. He got me into the GATE and AVID programs. He was My favorite Counselor and mentor by far. I always wanted to go to his office and show him what i have become. I guess i really can never show him the man that he made me to. Mr. Grace i will never forget you. Your Name will always be in my heart. May You rest in Peace.

— Daniel Mohsin
September 17, 2008 at 11:36 p.m.

I remember I had such a crush on this red headed freckle faced kind and funny guy, Ron from 8th grade through high school at Bell-Jeff Class of '71....It sounds like Ron made quite a place for himself at Roosevelt and was a good man.

May God receive him into His arms and comfort his loved ones in his absence. What a tragic loss.

— Maria Denning Austin
September 18, 2008 at 12:06 a.m.

I am so sorry for the Grace Family, and I cannot imagine how difficult this is for them. My heart and prayers go out to them, and all who are dealing with this.
I knew Ron years ago. Ron and I played baseball together when we were in Little League and Babe Ruth in Glendale. Later, Ron and I shared some good times when we were both students at San Diego State. I do not think I have seen or spoken to Ron in nearly 30 years, but from reading the posts here and the articles I have seen about his passing, I am amazed, but not surprised, at the thoughts that have been written about him. The person I am reading about is the same person I recall. The character and decency that people have spoken about was clearly evident when he was a young man. I am saddened about what has happened, especially for his family, associates and friends. However, I can say that I hope his family can at some point take solace and pride in the fact that their husband and father was an incredible person, who spent his entire life making his world a better place through his compassion and love for his fellow man. He was uncommon in that regard, and always had been. This world has lost a terrific person, and we all feel the loss.

— T.K.
September 18, 2008 at 6:29 a.m.

Ron, I can't believe your not here. I still am in shock that your jokes will not be at the next family gathering. I have been thinking of all the times that you and Tim would come over to our house (every night) for dinner when we were younger. You always brought laughter in our home, even when sometimes there wasn't much to laugh about. You were my uncle, my friend, and a person that no matter what would always be there for us. The amigos will never be the same without you, but forever there will be stories to tell of how you touched all of us. I send my love to Jan and the boys, Tim, Scott, and my dad, and know that they will keep your memory alive. We miss you Ron, and know the glass is a now a litte emptier without you in our lives. Peace my friend.

— Steph, Bill, Jake & Cassidy
September 18, 2008 at 10:10 a.m.

I used to be one of Mr. Grace's students while I attended Roosevelt many years ago. He always encouraged me to pursue my goals and continue my studies. I still remember to this day when He called me into his office (after my grades were declining) in 8th grade and gave me a pep talk. He brought the best out in people. Just a very warm spirit and never gave up on anyone. Thank you Mr. Grace for everything that you did for all of us. I will pray everyday for your familys well-being. I know that you will be missed! Rest in Peace.

— Evelyn Olivares
September 18, 2008 at 12:45 p.m.

It is nice to know that in this tragic time that so many people can come together and remember such a remarkable man. Ron Grace was more to so many people than what met the eye. He inspired hope and life into the minds and hearts of his students. Encouraged his collegues to strive and achieve more than they would've ever thought possible. Doing such great things came easy to Ron. But the most amazing thing about this man was how he loved his family. Ron was a model father and husband. One of my most fondest memories of Ron was when I was 10yrs old. The Graces invited me up to Johnsondale at a Ranch they frequented. While walking down to the pool one day Ron, Andrew, Brian and I were talking about the many adventures one could have there when we stopped, and Ron looked up and pointed at a near by mountain top and said, "Look boys, one day I'll take you all up there!" Being a boy of only 10yrs, I thought it impossible. But as I look back and remember what type of man Ron was and the type of men he has molded his sons to be I realize, anything was possible for him. I rather regret not spending more time with Ron and the boys. For I think I would've been better off in many ways.
There isn't a thing I can offer to Jan, Brian or Andrew except my love and everlasting gratitude for a man who inspired us all to take the ball and run for it!
However I am deeply sorry for the loss and the void his passing has caused. As I shed a tear I remember a man that could not be measured in pounds, inches or even gold. I remember a man that led the way for a better tomarrow for himself, his family and for everyone around him.
Thank you and God Bless.

— Jeff Shaner
September 18, 2008 at 1:55 p.m.

Mr. Grace was one of my favorite counselors at RMS. He was a dedicated and passionate counselor, rough rider, and coach. He was the reason I joined AVID and, after six years, I am still involved in it. When I worked in the office my 8th grade year, I helped Mr. Grace out a lot and I saw how he cared about all of us students. Mr. Grace will be greatly missed! My prayers go out to his family and friends. R.I.P.

— Sabrina Lamontagne
September 18, 2008 at 2:31 p.m.

I read about this in an email sent to me from a presidential candidate -- the tragedy is that far reached -- and an old friend told me Coach Grace had been on the train. It is always difficult to explain the range of feelings we experience when a person we know is killed in tragic circumstances. I knew Ron Grace when I was a student at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox School. He encouraged me to play after-school sports, even though I had my reasons for being fearful of them. He understood and encouraged me to try. Undoubtedly, this boost of confidence resonates in the way I carry myself to this very day. Pray for his family and for his soul. Please pray for the conductor, also for his soul, that he humbly seek the spirit of forgiveness. I am very saddened to hear of this loss.

— Stephen Schrott
September 18, 2008 at 2:58 p.m.

He was one of the nicest human beings I had the pleasure of having come across in my life. May GOD grant his family with Peace during these difficult times, he will definitely be missed.

— Alen Alenkin Class of 93
September 18, 2008 at 3:37 p.m.

thanks so much for hope that you gave in me.
its such a horrible way to end your happines.
your smile always made everyones day.
we all miss you?

— a fellow student of Mr.Grace.
September 18, 2008 at 4:48 p.m.

Mr Grace was such a nice person, always there to help the students and parents even when he wasn't the student's counselor. My niece and nephew graduated from Roosevelt Middle School and he helped them more than once. Glendale School District lost such a great counselor. He will be truly missed! Our heart and prayers are with his family.

— Edith Sanchez
September 18, 2008 at 7:28 p.m.

I went to Roosevelt 3 years ago, and if there was one thing i remember about Mr grace it was the fact that he was an all around genuine nice guy. always polite and never sad or angry in any way. i remember him changing my math class, talking to him after school, and just seeing him around school saying "hi Mr grace." i just cant believe such a thing has happened, my prayers are with his family. Rest in peace Mr Grace, you will never be forgotten.

— sargis semerjian
September 18, 2008 at 8:30 p.m.

Ron and Jan were clients of mine when I owned Neighborhood Tree Service. They love thier garden and take great pride in keeping it looking its best. Tonight I ran into Maria
(a good friend of Jan) at the Macaroni Grill who informed me of Ron's passing. I was shocked to hear and am so very sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do to help out please feel free to contact me.

Scott Nelson

— Scott Nelson
September 18, 2008 at 8:49 p.m.







September 18, 2008 at 8:56 p.m.

I found out just today of this horrible news. I'm 21 now, but both my brother who is now 19 along with my older cousin who is in his mid thirties along with myself and hundreds of others were blessed to have crossed paths with Mr. Grace. Years after being out of middle school, I can still clearly recall his fun loving sense of humor and true concern for his students. He was one of those few who truly loved what they did and were too modest about the lives they changed. He will never be forgotten. This world was fortunate enough to have had such a unique, caring and wonderful human being with the biggest and warmest heart. He is missed but his memory and legacy will continue to live on forever.

God Bless his family and all those who were affected by this horrible accident.

See you someday again Mr. Grace. :)

— R. Khachatryan
September 18, 2008 at 11:33 p.m.

Such a devastating tragedy and terrible loss that anyone who ever met Ron would quickly attest to. In this time of terrible sadness and loss the only solace is the positive differences Ron made on the lives of those he met and the lifetimes for which are made better for having had Ron in them.

A great host and ambassador in all our visits to the USA, our thoughts and love are with our family over there, in life it is people that make the difference and not things or places and hopefully we can all take something of Ron's spirit that will help us all.


— Relatives from Australia
September 19, 2008 at 5:52 a.m.

i know exactly how you feel, my father had passed in that accident, i will pray for him and the whole family. HUGS

— Mey Chao
September 19, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.

Everyone will always know the date when we were born and the date when we died, but no one ever knows what happened with the dash in between those dates. But it appears, the dash for Mr Grace will continue to live on in the students he had contact with. Good job Mr Grace for a life well lived.

— J C
September 19, 2008 at 8:58 p.m.

mr grace was my counselor at roosevet middle school. he was the best and was so fun. he will always be remembered not by this fatal accident, but by the willingness and car he gave to his family staff at RMS and the students also. may prayers and so much love come to all who knew him nad loved him. may he rest in peace forever more.

— r...
September 19, 2008 at 11:29 p.m.

My heart is Broken! I can't believe Mr Grace has passed. He was my counselor when I attended Roosevelt Middle School in the 90's. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all the families affected my this accident. God Bless.

— Marilyn T.
September 20, 2008 at 8:50 a.m.

My heart is broken! Mr Grace was counselor at Roosevelt Middle School in the 90's. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all the families affected by this accident.

— Marilyn Torres
September 20, 2008 at 9:02 a.m.

i take the train every morning and afternoon and it hits home when something like this happens. i never would have thought that a person that i knew would have been in this devestating accident. I remember mr grace, how his hard work and dedication got me where i am today. Hes a quiet yet compassionate man, and always put his students first! i want to thank him for everything. My prayers and thoughts are with the grace family.

* if it werent for you mr grace, i wouldnt wheree i am, thank you, your an angel.*

— elaine
September 20, 2008 at 12:42 p.m.

Yes, this is my second comment. I would like to talk a little bit more about Mr. Grace. I've known him for 2 years, but there are others who have known him for a lot. Wow. All because of texting. No wonder people can't talk on their cellphones in their cars anymore. I wish he would've missed his train. He was such a great person. He changed the lives of many students. Just yesterday, we tied blue and yellow ribbons on our school fence in honor of Mr. Grace. Why blue and yellow ribbons? Because those are the colors of the Chargers team and Mr. Grace loved the Chargers. I went to talk to him about my schedule because there was a problem. Who's going to be in charge of the schedules now? He was the only one that students would go to about problems with their schedules. Who's going to referee the basketball and football games at lunch now? Roosevelt Middle School is imcomplete without Mr. Grace. He was the last piece of the puzzle. But now, he's gone and he's in a better place right now. He was a funny and a nice man. Everyone puts their life at risk everytime they get into a car,bus,train, airplane..etc. I'm very sorry about this whole thing. God bless Mr. Grace's family. They are dealing with something difficult right now. God bless everyone and R.I.P Mr. Grace. You will be missed by many. <3

— Sona Matevosian
September 20, 2008 at 4:08 p.m.

My family and I have been deeply touched by the love and support expressed by everyone at this most difficult time. With every comment we learned Ron was "bigger than life" in his quiet unassuming way. He made such a difference in so many lives, most importantly ours. Hopefully the goodness and passion he had for life will set an example to live life every day to the fullest, as Ron did! Please know that your loving thoughts and outpouring of good wishes is very much appreciated. We love you! Jan, Andrew and Brian Grace

— The Grace Family of Simi Valley
September 20, 2008 at 9:54 p.m.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Grace family. Mr.Grace was one of the best and nicest counclors I have ever met.It is just devastating to think that Mr. Grace is no longer with us. We love you Mr.Grace may you rest in peace

— Sareen Jaburian
September 20, 2008 at 10:01 p.m.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Grace family. Mr.Grace was one of the best and nicest couclors I have ever met.It is just devastating to think that Mr.Grace is no longer with us.We love you Mr.Grace, may you rest in peace.

— Sareen Jaburian
September 20, 2008 at 10:09 p.m.

Omg, this is seriously devastating.
He was my counselor for my 6-8th grade year. He was a truly remarkable person. He helped me though a lot of my problems and it was always fun to see him play football with us during lunch on the football field. It was great knowing him. I wished I still lived in the Glendale area but unfortunately I live all the way in South Carolina. R.i.p. I'll see you soon.

— Nicole Didenko
September 21, 2008 at 12:51 p.m.

Ron was a great person and it was a pleasure knowing him and working with him. He was always such a happy person and always tried to help our students as much as possible. I'm so sad for this great loss and I'm keeping his family and RMS in my thoughts in this time of sorrow.

— Mary Cook
September 21, 2008 at 6:02 p.m.

This is a shock, I was reading the daily news and saw Mr. Grace's picture. He was my P.E teacher at Roosevelt Jr. High, he was a great teacher. Such a tragedy.

— Patrick McDonald
September 21, 2008 at 7:46 p.m.

wow i cant believe mr grace has died !! mr grace was a very nice man who was always deticated to his job he was always out of his way to help students!i just left roosvelet last year class of 2008!! and i was very close of not graduating with the help of mr grace i did , mr grace was he best counselor there not only a good counselor a good freind!!u will be missed mr grace by many of us students!!U WERE THE BEST!!I WILL MISS YOU!R.I.P MR GRACE!

September 21, 2008 at 10:03 p.m.

To the Grace Family,

I did not know Ron, but from what I have learned of him he sounds like he was an amazing man and a wonderful teacher. As a fellow educator, I salute him and wish all the blessings in the world on his family, friends, and students. May God grant you the strength and love to get through this very difficult time.

This crash was such a horrific event-my deepest condolences go out to each and every person who lost someone close to them.

He is at peace now. God bless him.

All my love.

— S
September 21, 2008 at 10:22 p.m.

I graduated from RMS in 1998, and I still remember Mr. Grace's smile. I remember his devotion, his kindness, his grace. Mr. Grace was truly a graceful man. I could not believe my ears when I heard this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Mr. Grace, I will miss you. You will not be forgotten. Thank you for being a part of my life, and for making a've touched many people's lives. You may know some of the differences you've made, but you cannot even begin to imagine the positive effect you've had on so many young lives. This is for you. And this is for all students...please remember to thank those who touch your lives in a positive way. LIfe's waaaayyy too short.

— I will miss you Mr. Grace
September 22, 2008 at 2:02 p.m.

Ron cared SO deeply for the students. This was evident in the extracurricular activites he participated in as well as how he interacted with students on a daily basis. When he made classroom visits, you can see how hard he tried to reach the students and encourage them to strive for a good future. It's no wonder he has so deeply impacted the lives of countless students throughout the years.
But it's not only students' lives he impacted. When I was a new teacher at Roosevelt 6 years ago, he was one of the people who helped me to feel accepted. He just had that effect. Ron Grace had a heart of gold. His passing is a tremendous loss to the Roosevelt family. I can't even begin to imagine what his own family is going through. To the Grace family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

— Geraldine Mercado
September 22, 2008 at 7:53 p.m.

As I read all these posts dedicated to the memory of a great man named Mr. Grace, I think about his smile, his devotion, his integrity. I graduated from RMS in 2000, and though Mr. Grace was not my counselor, I remember him vividly. I was lucky enough to work at RMS as an AVID tutor some 4 years back, and I remember thinking how Mr. Grace had not changed a bit. He was still the same man walking down the halls and smiling, laughing...making everyone's day brighter. If I am this saddened by the loss of Mr. Grace, whom I did not know too well personally, I cannot even come to imagine the grief his family and friends must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Grace's family in this time of sorrow. Mr. Grace was an angel who guarded and guided many young people, and his passing takes none of that away. He is now an angel doing the same. I will remember you always, Mr. Grace.

— Angela Keshishyan
September 23, 2008 at 11:32 a.m.

dude,i knoe this is late but wow !
mr. grace is gone && what can we do 'bout it?
all we know is that he will be missed at rms forever & ever!
will.... [ R. I. P. MR. RONALD GRACE ]
&& i hope hes family is ok !

— aLe</3
September 23, 2008 at 2:43 p.m.

when i first heard the news i couldn't believe it. i feel sorry for Mr.Grace's family. he will always be in our memories and we will always miss him. i hope the best for Mr.Grace's family. he will always be in our hearts forever!!!!!!! (R.I.Mr.Grace)

— ani abraamyan
September 23, 2008 at 9:06 p.m.

Mr. Grace was such a positive force. I am so very sorry for the loss of this good man. I hope his family and friends can take some comfort that he will be remembered with such warmth and good thoughts by so many people. He was my landlord for 10 years. He and his family were kind and thoughtful. His family is in our prayers.

— Patricia
September 24, 2008 at 9:32 a.m.

My brother as well as myself attended RMS and had the privilege of having Mr. Grace as our counselor. Cant put into words how kind and wonderful of a man he was. Our heart and prayers go out to his family. He will truly be missed! May you rest in Peace!

— Zarui
September 25, 2008 at 12:56 a.m.

I was talking to Gevo on the phone, then I got a call from my school, and when I heard the message.. the new assistant principal said.. " we will be having a minimum day on monday because something tragic has happened at Roosevelt Middle School" so then I asked Gevo "did you get that message from school?" and he said "no". so then I got another call from my brothers friend's and he told me Mr.Grace died, my jaw busted open.. and I couldn't believe it but it was true. Then I wen't to school and all my teachers at least had a tear in their eye.. especially Mrs.Pascale -.-. So then i just couldn't believe it, Mr. Grace was the reason my brother graduated. Mr.Grace of course is in a better place right now, and he will always be rememberd Rest In Peace Ron Grace we love you.

— Mike Adigozyan
September 25, 2008 at 2:44 p.m.

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG i cant belive this life is so full of it i was coming to his office that morning when i saw flowers next to the door and a i turned to miss juliette and said Where is MR GRACEE AND SHE SAID HE IS NO LONGER WITH US i turned back to his office and left crying i didnt even ask what happened why did he pass away then later that day i heard i was so upset that my teacher in 7th period send me up with another girl to see a councelor and talk to them about my feelings i cried at the office then i went home and told my mom and brother and he knew him to and he is already 22 he said he is a great guy and i love that man

— Eve Manukyan
September 25, 2008 at 2:48 p.m.

R.I.P mr.grace you will be missed at roosevelt middle school you will always be in all the rough riders hearts and chargers too...... YOU LOVED US AND WE LOVE YOU FOR EVER.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

— aydee and valeria
September 26, 2008 at 11:58 p.m.

To the Grace Family:

My sincere condolences to Mr. Grace family. I was a student at Roosevelt Jr. High in Glendale 1989 - 1992 and I recall his kindness and willingness to help students out. He will be missed........

— Parajon Family
September 29, 2008 at 9:15 p.m.

Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is

my hearts and prayers go out to you.

— mey chao
October 1, 2008 at 9:47 a.m.

My sincere condolences to the Grace family, friends, community; I graduated from Roosevelt Jr. High School in 1988, and just a few weeks ago I was thinking of Mr. Grace. And today I learned of the tragedy. I will always remember Mr. Grace; how his personality, smile would just light up the field as he would walk across the field, with his clipboard in hand. He was a wonderful human being, a considerate, soft spoken, always with a kind greeting, a kind word, a kind and dear man. God He will be dearly, dearly missed. I am lost for words. He was a Great, Great Man.

— Levon Badalyan
October 1, 2008 at 12:36 p.m.

I was a student at Roosevelt from 1996-1998. I just recently found out from a friend that Mr. Grace had passed away from this tragedy. My heart goes out to the Grace Family. Mr. Grace definitely made a difference to a lot of kids at Roosevelt. I remember it was him that got me into the AVID program before even entering Roosevelt. He has really made a difference to a lot of kids life.

— Mari-Anne
October 2, 2008 at 10:42 a.m.

He was a great man, always there whenever I had a question or concern when I was a student at Roosevelt Middle School.

— Narek A
October 2, 2008 at 3:42 p.m.

I found out just this morning from a friend that Mr. Grace was one of the victims of the Metrolink train crash. Roosevelt Middle School has lost a great man, a great counselor, and a great friend. I still remember him with his ever-present walkie-talkie and that was over 10 years ago. R.I.P Mr. Grace. Thank you for your guidance. You will be missed.

— Angelica
October 2, 2008 at 8:55 p.m.

Our hearts go out to your family in this tragic loss. We lost our son Christopher also so know how you are feeling. Ronald sounded like a wonderful person. I am sure he will be missed by so many. May the wonderful memories of him sustain you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Donna & Roy Aiken
October 4, 2008 at 1:46 p.m.

I began teaching at Roosevelt Middle School last year, and I remember Ron being one of the first faces that I saw as I began each day; as his office was the first thing I saw as I entered the school each day. It is still unnerving to walk up the stairway where I always used to greet him and Mark Brown (our former assistant principal) as I left at the end of the day. As I stumbled around the campus last year with the naivete of a new employee, I remember Ron as one of the people whose demeanor always made me feel like I had nothing to worry about, and that everything would be OK because I was a Rough Rider now. The funny thing is that although I never actually expressed any of my concerns verbally to him, Ron just had this uncanny way of knowing what you were feeling and reassuring you with this smirk that let you know that you just needed to relax and let the cards fall as they may. He was the living representation of "actions speak louder than words." I wasn't fortunate enough to have as many years to absorb his expert tutilage as my fellow colleagues, but the brief time that I did have to observe and learn from him left an impact that will always remain with me. It is only fitting that he worked for so many years at Roosevelt, because he was the living embodiment of the old adage, "Speak softly and carry a big stick"; although his stick was usually a baseball bat or a football. May God provide the Grace family with strength and conviction as they bravely endure these difficult times. Ron was an icon that will always be held in the highest regard, and the Roosevelt family will always be at your side when you need us.

— Rob Carter
October 10, 2008 at 1:45 a.m.



October 10, 2008 at 7:31 p.m.

I was a student at Roosevelt Jr. High when Mr.Grace was there. He took me aside and told me ( a troubled youth) that there were better things out there for me in life.I remember having a football punting contest with him and told me i had a bright future ahead of me. I went on to follow his advise. I am a Sergeant in the United States Army and in law enforcement.I guess the man upstairs needed him.To the family of Mr.Grace sorry for your loss.

— Manuel Sandoval
October 17, 2008 at 11:23 a.m.

We just heard about Ron today from a neighbor. Ron was our land lord for a year and I never knew what he did for a living, but in the handful of conversations I had with him, we mostly talked about sports. One thing I noticed about Ron was how proud he was of his sons. His face brightened up so much when he spoke of them. Our prayers go out to the Grace family and the rest of the families affected by this sad tragedy. Live your lives to the fullest and never take anything for granted. Enjoy the company you keep.

— Richard and Rebecca
October 21, 2008 at 11:24 p.m.

I heard a lot of rumors... but now i know it is true and we will all miss him
R.I.P. mr grace

— Aram Mkhitaryan
October 24, 2008 at 2:50 p.m.

Ron Grace was my history and P.E. teacher in the 8th grade in 1987. A friend of mine just informed me of his passing. I couldn't believe it. One time I was asked to write about my favorite teacher of all time and I wrote about "Grace". That's what we used to call him back them. He was a great person and a devoted teacher. My prayers go out to his family- Armen

— Armen Abgaryan
October 27, 2008 at 10:01 a.m.

Rest in Peace Mr. Grace.

Whether or not i was close to him, personally he was an extraordinary man, and whether or not you knew him, he made an impact in many indivduals' lives. He was more than just a counselor, but a mentor who would you give full support, call out what your doing wrong, and much more. Throughout my 2 years at Roosevelt, he is on the few people who actually made a difference at my education over there. I remember exactly the first day I first met him. During an AVID interview at John Muir, a very energetic teacher called my friend and I out of the class and led us to the teacher's room interviewing us. There are many people will constantly come and go, but the many that leave, there are the few who will always leave a mark within your life.

— Denise Nicole Nuqui
October 27, 2008 at 8:35 p.m.

Wow, Mr Grace.. When I heard what had happened to him, I couldn't believe it. I was pretty mad when I heard about the incident because it was all because the conductor of the metro train was "texting". It shows how stupid and not cautious people are. Rest in peace Mr. Grace. Everyone misses you and still talks about you until this day on. He was probably one of the funniest counslers. He was always there for everyone wow. He was litterally paralyzed and he'd play basketball every day after school, and work out. I remember I'd talk to him everyday at 5th period because I worked in the office. And wow, who could ever forget his act that he'd been a football player. We will meet one day again Mr. Grace...

— Ani Babakhanians
November 12, 2008 at 8:55 a.m.

When i heard that Mr.Grace had died, i was very sad. He had helped me with so many problems and had a kind and gentle heart. Rest in peace R.I.P Mr.Grace

November 12, 2008 at 4:48 p.m.

We just found out about Ron last night when I spoke to Aunt Peggy. We are very sorry and all your coisins in New York are praying for Ron and his family.
Please e-mail me when you get a chance.

— Jerry Sheridan
December 3, 2008 at 4:06 p.m.



— Arlene
February 15, 2009 at 7:43 p.m.

mr grace... Months passed... I know you will still be in our hearts... We still give you flowers beside your picture... I know a lot of people might not still visit this website but I will remember you as out best middle school councler in rms... RIP...

— Shannon Sheen
February 26, 2009 at 4:24 p.m.

Ron Grace was a grate man. he helped me in Good and bad times. i thank him for that. i just do hope he is in a good place. he is missed, and for ever wiil be. He was my mentor, counceler and friend.
Mr. Grace.
We miss you. Hey Never Give UP, and NEVER STOP CRYING.
we all still love you.

— emilse Suarez
March 4, 2009 at 1:55 p.m.

You are missed, and for ever will be. you wher a good friend. and still are.

— Emilse Suarez
March 9, 2009 at 5:22 p.m.

I am really glad that people came to share this memory still... i am betting you that he is still rip... we all love you and everyone from the office still gives you flowers beside your picture...

— Shannon Sheen
March 17, 2009 at 5:25 p.m.

Thankyou tou everyone who still is keeping Ron"s memory alive,especially, Shannon and Emilise. It is very comforting to know how much " Mr. Grace " affected your lives in such a good way. We all miss Ron so much as we were such a close family. I suppose we are doing O.K. because we have to - Ron would have wanted it that way. Ron enjoyed every moment of his life and shared that enthusiasm with everyone he knew. His motto in life was " always remember that the glass is half full instead of empty! I want to again thankyou all who keep his memory alive with your wonderful comments.Let's all keep the comments coming and shared stories of him posted because we are all in this together trying to heal and we can help each other. I am especially looking forward to possibly meeting you at the upcoming dedication of the school's and or gym anf field in his honor.I will be there with his son's Andrew and Brian. Keep in touch and again thankyou for taking the time and love in posting your thoughts. I will always be checking in!
Fondly ,
Jan Grace ( Ron's wife )

— Jan Grace
April 2, 2009 at 11:32 a.m.


— MG
April 4, 2009 at 9:23 a.m.

As the Time went by we all loved you, we all still do. you wher the Sun in the sky. with out you we could have not made it. Ron Grace, Thank you for all the hard work you did. i am so happy to know that you got to know you. we all love you and for ever will.

— <3 Emilse Suarez
May 11, 2009 at 1:24 p.m.

I think about you alot! Miss you!

— erin
June 28, 2009 at 11:40 p.m.

I just found out about Mr. Grace's passing today while talking to a coworker. I can't believe I didn't know about it until almost a year later. At the time of the accident I wasn't watching much TV and I didn't read up on any details of the crash. Finding out about it now just completely shocks me. I attended Roosevelt between 1992 and 1995 and I remember him vividly. I don't remember conversations with him because it was about 15 years ago, but I remember his presence and I remember the affect he had on students. He was always positive and had such a calm sense about him. I remember there were a few teachers that evoked intimidation and maybe a little fear :-), but not Mr. Grace. He was loving and kind. I can't believe he is gone. To his family, I hope this past year has been a year of strengthening. Again, so sorry for your loss.


P.S. Mrs. Grace, you said in the comment on April 2nd that they will be dedicating a building in his name. Has that passed?

— Brendali
July 27, 2009 at 3:52 p.m.

WoW! This tradgedy just makes you want to wish that you could just wake up, to a beautiful day, but unfortunately this is not a dream. On September 14 all 1,000 pupil of RMS joyfully went to Period 2 at 8:00 AM. Little did we know what tradgc news we had in store. When the bell rang we all quietly (most(,if not all) of us weepingly) went to Period 3, then it came to us all. Its true that you dont know what you have until you lose it. Now we just wish we did. We all know very well that Roosevelt Middle School will never ever be the same. Mr. Grace will be missed by all of us. He will always be cherished in our memories. RIP Mr.Grace, you've done all f us a great deal of kindess, now youre in a better place.

— Mrs. Malakyan's Period 3 Intro To Algebra
August 10, 2009 at 4:55 p.m.

Ron was my uncle and godfather. Almost a year ago, we lost a beautiful person, husband, father, teacher, and mentor to so many people. Like many families, even though we only lived 30 miles apart, we didn't see each other enough. We got together on the holidays and once and a while for a birthday, but I realize now that it wasn't enough. He had such a great sense of humor, and could light up a room with just his smile or his quick wit. He was always optimistic, and one of the smartest people I knew. I'm sorry I didn't get to see him more and get to know him better. I still miss you, Uncle Ron, and I think about you a lot. To all who read this, if you haven't talked to your friends or family in a while, give them a call, write them a letter, even say hi on Facebook. Keep in touch with the ones you love because life is precious, fragile, and can be gone in an instant. I love you.

— Tiffany
September 10, 2009 at 11:47 a.m.

Today we remember the said day . RIP mr grace

— Aimee zetina
September 12, 2009 at 2:42 p.m.

Im a rosevelt middle school kid but even though i never new mr.grace he sounded like a great man im 6th grader.But mr. grace you will never be forgotton we all love you very much .

— oscar castaneda
September 12, 2009 at 4:59 p.m.

I went to Roosevelt Jr. High from 1989-1992 and Mr. Grace was my counselor and a good mentor. He helped me get through school and I only have good and fond memories of him. I can't believe he's gone, I will never forget him. May God Bless his family . I will miss him!!

— Elizabeth Diaz
October 13, 2009 at 3:15 p.m.

Its been a while. Most people have forgotten this man, a true noble man. I never got the chance to write in this blog.. so i believe this should be the correct time. You shal be missed. :]

Rest In peace NUMBER 55.

— Wezli (mario)
February 10, 2010 at 7:27 p.m.

We will all miss u. You were the best counselor and RMS was nothin without u

R.I.P. Mr. Grace

— xGokor=]
March 15, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.

I think about you alot! Still miss you!

— erin
May 26, 2011 at 1:31 p.m.

Still thinking about you all the time, especially in fall.

— michael
September 8, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

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