John E. Hermann, a long-time resident of this community, passed away on Saturday, September 10. His introduction to Coronado occurred in 1952 when he reported for duty at the Amphibious Base here upon completing his Vanderbilt University degree with a NROTC scholarship. After serving on the USS Washburn during the Korean War, John was honorably discharged in San Diego and decided to make Coronado his home. He bought a house on E Avenue, from which he made a point of going to the beach each day.
Over the years he owned many apartment complexes in this community. As a right-of-way agent for what is now CALTRANS, John rode the Coronado ferry on his motorcycle (15 cents for cycles) until the bridge was completed. The ferry and then the bridge also provided active conduits for his community involvement. He sang in the San Diego Opera chorus for 18 years and near his retirement from the opera was named the “outstanding residential artist.” John also assumed an active board role in “Meals on Wheels” and received a special award for his service in 2011.
Two fundamental anchors in his life were BMW motorcycling and the First United Methodist Church of San Diego. John rode one million miles on BMW motorcycles—often in one of his favorite locations—the European Alps. His guidebook on motorcycling in the Alps is now in its fifth edition.
From his arrival in the San Diego area, John served in many lay capacities in the First United Methodist Church, where his funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 6. His enthusiastic spirit lives on in his vast network of friends.
VOL. 112, NO. 40 - Oct. 5, 2022