In Remembrance of Señor Ignacio Brache

Village Christian School
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  • Celebration of Life | The Brache family would like to invite you to celebrate the life of a wonderful man.

    Friday, February 19, 2021
    4 p.m. (arrive at 3:30 p.m. to allow for proper distancing)

    Shepherd of the Hills Church
    19700 Rinaldi Street
    Porter Ranch, CA 91362


    As many of you have already heard, the Village community lost an incredible leader, servant, and overall man of God last week with the passing of former teacher Ignacio Brache.

    Señor Brache, who served at Village Christian from 1997-2015, poured his heart and soul into the VCS community. His impact is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come. We are so thankful for the time we had such a loving and honorable man.

    We mourn the loss but celebrate his life and Heaven’s gain.

    Please see below for a special tribute from Associate Head of School for Academic Life Ray Endacott.


    I remember when Ignacio first came to VCS from the airline industry, and he helped in Central with fundraising and development-type tasks. I was still in the classroom at that time (in the '90s).

    After a little while, he began teaching Spanish. He probably taught almost every level of Spanish including AP Language and AP Literature. He was the Spanish (and later World Languages when we added Mandarin) Department Chair for many years.

    In addition to his extensive classroom contributions, Señor Brache contributed to VCS culture in several ways. Before we had the language of 1:5, Ignacio was part of the Circle of Care for countless students. Students were always dropping by his room, sometimes long after graduation, and he was always available to listen. He (and Shelly) were constant attenders of games, plays, and concerts. I can even remember a time or two when he had a role in one of our plays.

    He was also extremely handy in practical arts. During the summers, he knocked out the dry wall over the lockers in A and B Hall and built shelves for students to put their sports bags and other equipment that wouldn't fit in lockers. He worked with the students who made a student lounge as a senior project. I'm sure there were countless projects, big and small, that he worked on as a volunteer over the years. He was always looking for ways to use his gifts and talents to improve the student experience.

    During summers, he frequently led missions trips, primarily to Central and South America. As school ended, his room would begin to fill with suitcases and bags of donations that he and his group would take with them. He made many trips to Mexicali.

    Finally, his hospitality was legendary. He frequently blessed his colleagues with Cuban lunches of black beans, rice, and chicken. Daily, students would stop by his room where he always had coffee and "Brache Bread." His generosity knew no bounds.

    When I think about our CARE values, Ignacio was the embodiment of CARE. His faith was real and obvious. He found countless ways to use his gifts to improve the student experience in affordable ways, and he was always accessible. He was a master of relationship building. And he provided an excellent classroom experience for students.

    Ray Endacott
    Associate Head of School, Academic Life


    If you would like to send a card to the family, we will coordinate delivery. Please send your card to:

    Village Christian School
    C/O Shona Stewart
    8930 Village Ave
    Sun Valley, CA 91352



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