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First Black Sergeant of Ontario PD Remembered

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Longtime San Bernardino resident and community organization enthusiast Julius Grey Hemingway, Jr.’s life was celebrated this week in a home going celebration fit for a king. His home church, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship celebrated a job done well by Hemingway.

Born September 30, 1941 in San Bernardino, CA to Lillie Elizabeth Fountain and Julius Grey Hemingway, Sr. He spent his early childhood attending schools in San Bernardino. He received Christ at an early age while a member of St. Mark Baptist Church. He graduated from Pacific High School, received an AA degree from San Bernardino Valley College, and also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, San Bernardino. While attending school, he worked at Patton State Hospital as a Psychiatric Technician and also served 9-1/2 years in the Air Force Reserves. He then started his 20-year career in law enforcement which included being the first African American sergeant with the Ontario Police Department.

Hemingway has always been involved in community organizations, some of which included the following: Ecclesia Economic Community Development Collaboration through Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, where he has been a member for over 12-years; Rialto Kiwanis; board member the Citizen’s Advisory Committee at California Rehabilitation Center – Norco; NAACP board member; member of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge #17; Riverside Consistory #273; Sheik Temple #98 of Prince Hall Shriners. Hemingway was a founding member of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement); a member of California Cruisers RV Club, and NAARVA (National African American RVer’s Association). One of his favorite pastimes was going to car shows and RV shows. His dream car was a Ferrari. Hemingway met Liz in 1967 and they were married on August 21, 1970, a union that lasted for 41 years. They enjoyed camping, waterskiing, spending time with friends and family, and going on cruises.

“Julis was an active member of the San Bernardino Branch and a life member of the NAACP,” said close friend Walter Jarman. He continues: “As a member of the Legal Redress Committee, he could look at an issue fairly on both sides for the best outcome of a complaint. I was Best Man at his wedding and a fellow law enforcement officer. We were founding members of the NOBLE organization. He had a love and respect for fairness.” Hemingway leaves to cherish his memory his wife Liz, brother Keith, and sister Elizabeth; three sons, Erick, George and Will; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

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