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  • A Tribute to Mr. John Wilma

    by Representative Eric Swalwell

    Posted on 2013-02-08

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    SWALWELL of california in the house of representatives Friday, February 8, 2013 Mr. SWALWELL of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the life of Mr. John Wilma of Hayward, California, who passed away on January 25th. John was known as a tremendous family man, a business and community leader, and was a friend [[Page E116]] to countless individuals that he touched through his service to the people of the East Bay.

    John was an active member of our community, serving in several local community groups. He was a proud member of the Hayward Rotary Club for 32 years and served as its president from 2002-2003. In 2005, John was honored as Outstanding Hayward Rotarian of the Year. John also was a member of the boards of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, the Alameda County Fair, and the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Association.

    John operated his small business in Hayward, alongside his beloved wife Robin, since 1976. He always was willing to donate his professional time to many, including the motorcycle units of the Hayward Police Department and the Alameda County Sherriff s Office. For his outstanding business practices, John was honored with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce's Inaugural Businessperson of the Year Award in 1989.

    John always lived his life by the Rotary International motto of ``Service Above Self.'' A few years ago, John and his family helped start The Dictionary Project, wherein local Rotarians would visit each third grade classroom in Hayward and provide these students with a dictionary to assist them with learning, reading, and academic advancement. This is but one example of John's dedicated service through which he touched and improved the lives of so many of those around him.

    John is survived by his wife of 43 years Robin Wilma, daughter Lieutenant Colonel Alisa R. Wilma, brother Charles Wilma, sister-in-law Cindy Wheeler, and brother-in-law Christopher de St. Croix. I am honored to be paying tribute to John today. His tireless efforts and generosity in service to the East Bay community will be missed.


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