Friday, May 8, 2009

Farewell, Friend

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of John R. Hernandez, Pierce Sales' art and media department director. Here's the note about John that was sent out:

Dear friends,

John R. Hernandez, 60, director of the art and media department at Pierce Sales passed away at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009. John battled with cancer for years. Two short months ago his throat cancer moved to his brain stem causing headaches and blackouts. He discussed his options with several doctors in Wichita Falls and Dallas . They reported his cancer was inoperable; but a new type of chemotherapy found effective among pancreatic cancer patients could stop the growth. Only a week after this development John was checked into the hospital for pneumonia. Several days later he was released with hospice care at his home. They supplied him with a hospital bed and superior care. John was thrilled to have someone attainable within minutes. We hoped for another incredible John Hernandez herculean rally. He beat the odds numerous times. However, Tuesday, May 5, 2009 John slipped into a coma while surrounded by his devoted family.

John was a cornerstone at Pierce Sales. He started working for Jeff Pierce as a freelance designer two decades ago then came onboard full-time in 2005. John produced our print advertisements, brochures, manuals and current website. He also managed a print shop we launched last year. John loved collaborating with customers on print and design projects. He was thrilled when a new client came onboard. From 2006-08 John produced the pioneer book, a 260 page collection of advertisements and memorials celebrating clay county heritage during Pioneer Reunion held every September in Henrietta , Texas .

Mr. Hernandez left a wonderful legacy. A legacy of professionalism and perseverance we all strive to emulate.

With heavy hearts,

The Pierce Sales Team

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