Ernie McClelland was a friend and mentor to more educators and community volunteers than he probably could remember if he had been asked to name them. Ernie not only respected all who he worked with but also all who worked for him.
His manner of professionalism chaperoned many people to become the people that they are today. I use the word chaperon because he stayed with the people he was helping as he guided them along their professional and personal pathway without commanding them to wing it on their own after the initial directions.
Ernie played tennis with other tennis enthusiasts in Fairfield and Vacaville. He loved to play the game and he thrived on the competition. Let’s remember that he was better than good at playing the game he liked so much.
Tennis is a game of analytical thinking and Ernie certainly did a lot of that in life. He played tennis at Allan Witt Park, Solano Athletic Club, Vacaville Community Center and the Orchard Street courts and has left his traces of life there.
Ernie is probably the only principal in the Fairfield-Suisun School District who received a baby present from school board members. I recall Marilyn Eyestone, one of the board members at that time, telling me the story and expressing how much the school board respected and liked Ernest McClelland – like so many others of us in education.
Ernie’s presence in this world will be missed by many.