Jack Hill, a San Bernardino community leader, dies at 92
Jack Hill, the first African American president of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce, died Thursday morning of complications from a heart attack, a son, Jimmy Hill, confirmed Friday.
He was 92.
Jack Hill, a longtime San Bernardino community leader, was a war veteran and a successful caterer. A learning center at the San Bernardino public library for those wishing to burnish basic life skills is named in his honor.
“All I can say for me and my siblings is that we were very fortunate to have him as a father,” Jimmy Hill said in a phone interview Friday. “He taught us character, values, and helped us to go in a direction in life that would be most beneficial to us.”
Tributes to Jack Hill were shared on social media.
“I’m terribly saddened to hear this news,” wrote Travis Walker, a former deputy police chief in San Bernardino who recently was promoted to chief in Cathedral City. “Jack Hill was one of the kindest men I’ve known, and I have always admired his commitment and selfless service to the community he called home. #RIPJack”
Judi Penman, Chamber of Commerce president, called Jack Hill “the kindest, most gentle, wonderful man I ever met. He was a leader, and a great leader.”
“He was the type of person that people listened to and learned from,” Penman said. “He was not a prejudiced man. He brought people together.”
Jimmy Hill said services for his father will likely be held the first week of December.