For some reason, the Sun failed to run anything other than a paid obituary on the death of George H. Schnarre on October 16, 2012. Apparently, unless you are a former Mayor (Al Ballard, Tom Minor, or Bob Holcomb), or someone as high profile as Martin Matich, you don’t even get a passing mention in the newspaper of record in the City of San Bernardino. In that spirit, here are the remarks of Joe Baca, entered into the Congressional Record on the floor of the House of Representatives on January 29, 2002
TRIBUTE TO MR. GEORGE H. SCHNARRE — HON. JOE BACA (Extensions of Remarks – January 29, 2002)
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HON. JOE BACA OF CALIFORNIA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Tuesday, January 29, 2002
- Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to pay tribute to Mr. George H. Schnarre for his service as the President of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Mr. Schnarre is an individual of great distinction, and we join with his colleagues, family and friends in honoring his remarkable service to the San Bernardino community. He has truly achieved the American dream while retaining a firm commitment to his community exemplified by his work with the Chamber of Commerce.
- George Schnarre was born during the Great Depression to Missouri sharecroppers. In the 1940’s the Schnarre family migrated to California setting down roots in the San Bernardino area. After graduating from San Bernardino High School, George began studies at Valley College, but they were cut short by the Korean War. George Schnarre answered the call of duty joining the United States Navy as a dental technician. Upon the completion of his duty to his country, George returned to his studies at the University of California at Riverside while working part time in the grocery business. Thus began George’s career in the Southern California business community.
- While working his way up in the grocery industry, George Schnarre earned his real estate license. After moving back to his roots in San Bernardino, George entered the real estate business full time. Eventually George began his own real estate firm, George H. Schnarre Inc. Real Estate. Over time George’s firm grew to encompass 13 offices.
- While George built his real estate firm, he always made sure there was time to serve his community and his industry at the local, state and national levels. He obtained lifetime credentials to teach any real estate subject at the Community College level. Among numerous activities within the community, George participated in area little league and girls softball leagues, and is an active Rotarian, Mason, Shriner, and member of the San Bernardino Elks. George Schnarre’s dedication to the community and expertise in the business culminated in his service as Director of the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce as well as on four other local Chambers.
- George Schnarre is not only a business and community leader, he is also a family man. We are joined in recognizing the accomplishments of this outstanding individual by his wife, Claudia A. Schnarre, son George W. Schnarre, daughter Cindy Schnarre Healy and grandson David Jones.
And so, Mr. Speaker, I join George’s loving family, recognizing George’s long and distinguished career in real estate, and we express admiration for his service to the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.
The problem with the Sun is it is undercapitialized, it is not an integral part of the community, and it has close to zero institutional memory. The people of San Bernardino deserve better.