San Bernardino – The first Black president of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and long-time community leader, Jack Hill, passed away early Thursday as a result of complications from a heart attack. He was 92.
Hill, highly respected for his years of contributions to the community of San Bernardino, also started the first African American Boy Scout Troop in the county.
Current San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce President Judi Penman commented on Facebook about Hill’s passing and called him, “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, he was not a prejudiced man. He brought people together.”
For years, Hill owned and operated a successful catering business. He also gave many years of service to the library board and was a proud war veteran.
Hill was honored for his years of outstanding contributions to the community in October 2014, at an event sponsored by the Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation. The event was held at the Norman Feldheym Central Library in downtown San Bernardino where a Literacy Center was also named in his honor. The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation also produced a film about Hill’s life, which was donated to the City of San Bernardino Public Library.
Hill will most certainly be remembered as an entrepreneur, a dedicated family man, a public servant, a community leader, and a man of God. As of Tuesday, memorial services for Hill were pending.