Words of sympathy and condolence to the family of Wilmer Bolkeim are pouring in and have been posted in our forums and through our Yokwe Eok group.Everyone is welcome to post their memories and messages in this thread.
Click HERE to read the announcement of Mayor Bolkeim's passing and more responses.
Read news announcement and view photo HERE.
[Edited on 2/19/03 by YokweOnline]
NOTE - The following letter was sent by Bob Jericho on behalf of Kwajalein Youth Alliance:
To the People of Kwajalein
The Kwajalein Youth Alliance is indeed saddened to learn of the passing of our Mayor, Wilmer Bolkeim. We share with the friends and family of Mayor Bolkeim this moment of grief and loss. More than dear friend, he was considered by youth the world over as one of the most well-respected and influential leaders on Kwajalein.
Mayor Bolkeimâ€™s genuine concerns for the people of Kwajalein, his humble upbringing by a great family, his belief in keeping the Marshallese culture/tradition, his selfless sense of duty with during his tenure as Mayor, his devotion to the people working under this leadership, will forever mark him as one of the most outstanding leaders in the hearts and minds of the Kwajalein Atoll community.
For those of us who have had the privilege of knowing Mayor Bolkeim, lets make sure to keep his memory alive by continuing to remember him through his indefinite list of accomplishments, his many varied talents, and his warm friendship to each and every common person that came his way. I recall the many occasions I met Mayor Bolkeim during his time in office and was always impressed with the many ideas he had about ways to improve the standard of living on Kwajalein. KYA joins many youth who admire Mayor Bolkeim for having the foresight of a better future for our generation.
For the contributions he made to the people of Kwajalein, he deserves our utmost praise and gratitude.
The Kwajalein Youth Alliance wishes to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family of Mayor Bolkeim during this most trying time. You will always be in our prayers.
May God continue to bless the people of Kwajalein
MODERATOR NOTE: The following message was emailed to Yokwe Online by "li-shorty":
well moktata i kanan lelok nebar im komolol anij kin joun ien emman ej bar letok...well i would love to give thanx to my grandpa Wilmer Bolkiem i am so lucky to have you as a grandpa...i really hope i was there ot say good bye...i am praying for u bubu...i know how it is for u to have a hard time right now but i wish i was there for u .......well grandpa i will always think about u..........and grandma too...hey even though i haven't seen ya'll since i was young i will always love you both from the bottom of my heart...love and always Crystallynn Jano Langbata( mother's name is Florence Emmius) god bless you grandma and all my family in da marshall islands.
A special word of condolence for Mayor Wilmer Bolkiem has been posted on the Kwajalein Atoll Air Traffic Controllers Website (NATCA) by Jeff Winter.
Click HERE to visit the website to read the message.
:( I am very saddened by the news of our Honorable Mayor. He was a greatly respected individual and many people loved him for his many contributions to our community and to our people. I know that he will be greatly missed. To all his family, I'd like to let them know that they'll be in my prayers. :(
With great sympathy,
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