September 25, 2009

Former San Leandro City Councilmember Bill Jardin Dies at 85

Former San Leandro City Councilmember Bill Jardin died on September 11, 2009, nearly a month after suffering a stroke. Jardin was 85 years old and is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor. William F. "Bill" Jardin was first elected as the District 5 member of San Leandro City Council in 1982 when he defeated Sylvia Landt. Jardin continued to be active in civic affairs after leaving office and served on the Personnel Relations Board from April 2006 until his death.

Jardin grew up in Oakland and served in World War II in Europe and the Pacific. He moved to San Leandro in 1947, where he worked for 40 years at the telephone company and lived in the same house until he passed away.

As an avid golfer, Jardin served for five years on the Shoreline and Golf Advisory Commission and helped get a bridge built over the creek at the golf course. He was also on the San Leandro Recreation and Parks Commission from 1965 until he was appointed to the East Bay Regional Parks District Board in 1974, where he served for 20 years.

Jardin was also on the Board of Directors for the Classic Philharmonic of Northern California foundation and was active in the Lions and San Leandro Breakfast Club.

His funeral was held on September 24, 2009, and attracted family members from as far away as France and Hong Kong. The funeral was attended by former City Councilmembers Don McGue, Ed Suchman, John Faria, Bob Glaze, and Tony Santos.

Editor's Note: The story was corrected to reflect the correct date of the funeral.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 25, 2009 1:32 PM | TrackBack
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