A standing ‘O’ for a long-standing employee

John Garcia with a cake given to him at his retirement party

John Garcia, who served as recreation supervisor for the City of
Gilroy for 33 years, retired last week.
John Garcia, who served as recreation supervisor for the City of Gilroy for 33 years, retired last week.

Garcia oversaw youth and adults sports and facility reservations. He also served as director of the Gilroy Gang Task Force. He created and oversaw the city’s youth scholarship program, which provided financial support for local youths who otherwise could not afford to be involved in city recreation programs.

“He was somebody who always went above and beyond what his responsibilities were here,” said Maria De Leon, recreation manager for the City of Gilroy’s community services department.

Garcia also served as a coach at Gilroy High School and Gavilan College.

De Leon said it will be hard to fill the void he has left after retirement.

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