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Marine FCU mourns loss of longtime volunteer

Friday, January 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Jacksonville, NC  − Former Board Member, Director Emeritus, and Supervisory Committee Member Conrad William “Bill” Hemmingway passed away on December 26. The credit union lost an extraordinary volunteer and advocate of Marine Federal Credit Union for over 38 years.

“He was a really good man who devoted his life to his country, family, community, and the credit union. It was my honor to have known him for almost 30 years.” Chairman of the Board Marty Goldman

His longest and most dedicated commitment started in 1955 as a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 208. After proudly serving in the Navy from 1948 to 1967, he retired as a Chief Navy Hospital Corpsman, and went on to become the City Clerk for the City of Jacksonville from 1970 to 1988.

“Bill was a dedicated credit union director who put the credit union before himself. He served because he loved serving.” Former Chairman and Board Member John Eller

In 1979, he became a volunteer at Marine FCU. A year later, he was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors. From 1990 to 2005, he served as Vice Chairman. After retiring from the Board, he went on to serve on the Supervisory Committee from July 2006 until June 2008, while simultaneously serving as Director Emeritus; a position he held until he passed away.

“Marine Federal lost a great man. A man so full life and an uncanny ability to make you a better person just by enjoying an interaction with him. He was tireless in his efforts for the credit union movement, and Marine Federal in particular.” President/CEO Jeff Clark

He was appointed to the Jacksonville Tourism Development Authority in 2010, and served until 2017. The Authority awarded him the title of the first ever Director Emeritus for his honorable service. He also served on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Jacksonville Library Advisory Board, United Way, the Red Cross, and the Jacksonville Lions Club.

“Serving on the Board of Marine FCU has been the most fulfilling volunteer experience I’ve ever had.” Bill Hemmingway, 2004

His dedication and love for his fellow service men and women, and community left its mark on those who knew him. He will not be forgotten.

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