By Alex Hernandez
West Palm Beach, Florida — It is with profound sadness and deep regret that we announce the sudden and untimely passing of Jack, our esteemed Founder and President of Jack the Bike Man. Jack suffered a fatal heart attack on Friday, July 7, 2023 leaving us all shocked and devastated.
Samuel H. “Jack” Hairston III was an extraordinary individual whose unwavering dedication to our organization and the communities we serve has left an indelible impact. The organization’s origins can be traced back to 1999, when Jack was inspired to help a young man in need of bicycle repairs. Jack the Bike Man, Inc. was founded in 2007 with a mission to strengthen our community through bicycle education and safety programs, and a vision to create a community of healthy, active individuals by providing hope to the less fortunate through support, training and access to bicycles. Under his exceptional leadership, the organization has grown and flourished, positively transforming the lives of countless individuals and families.
Jack’s commitment to our cause was unparalleled, and he tirelessly devoted his time and energy to advancing the organization’s mission. His heart for helping extended beyond the borders of Palm Beach County into Guatemala where he personally visited often throughout the years while contributing towards the futures of countless children. His many charitable efforts in Guatemala included donating textbooks, computers and supplies to empower the education of children in impoverished communities.
Jack’s loss is immeasurable, and the void he leaves behind is overwhelming. We are eternally grateful for his invaluable contributions, and his legacy will forever be cherished within the fabric of Jack the Bike Man. We are committed to honoring Jack’s memory by carrying forward his vision and ensuring that his work continues to uplift and empower those in need.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences to them, and we hope they find solace in knowing how much Jack was admired and respected by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
In light of this tragic loss, the board of directors of Jack the Bike Man is actively working to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. We will provide further updates regarding the leadership transition in due course.
In the midst of this untimely passing, Jack and the team were implementing a capital campaign to raise $5mil so that we can better serve the community. Half of this amount would allow us to begin initial renovations to move into a building purchased in 2021. It is the full intention of the team to fulfill Jack’s vision and passion for being a central part of impacting the lives of children and less fortunate in Palm Beach County. We appreciate the encouragement we have received and thank everyone for their continued support.
Make donations in Memory/Honor of Jack to Jack the Bike Man Inc. via check to P.O.Box 17565 West Palm Beach, FL 33416 or online via Paypal on www.jackthebikeman.org/donate.
To inquire how you can help with continuing the mission and vision of Jack the Bike Man, contact Alejandro “Alex” Hernandez at 561-832-0071.