Jaime W. HijarJaime W. Hijar, born in Baranquilla, Colombia, South America resided in Wilmington, DE and St. Petersburg, FL, died on December 24, 2008 in Beaumont, TX where he worked for the U.S. Treasury Department. He was 67.Hijar graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in June 1959 where he was a member of the student council and played center on the varsity football team. He attended the University of Delaware where he received a Bachelor's degree in Economics. In 1962, he joined the 16th Rifle Company, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was released from active Reserve service as a sergeant in 1971. While he lived in Wilmington he was involved in local politics and ran for State Representative in 1980. In 1983 he and his family relocated to St. Petersburg, FL, where he lived until 2008.Chico Hijar, as he was known by many of his friends, is survived by a son, J. Austin Hijar, of St. Louis, MO and a daughter, Amalea I. Hijar, of Alexandria, VA. Memorial services were held in Beaumont on December 31, 2008. His remains will be interred in Arlington's National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation, 10 Rockefeller Plaza Ste 1007 New York, NY 10020.
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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 25, 2009.