Reginald Wilmore - Class of 1954
Reginald Wilmore attended the Asbury Park Schools since Kindergarten and graduated from APHS in 1954, later attending Brookdale Community College, receiving an A.A. degree. Fllowing school, he joined the Armed Services and served in the Army Reserves from 1955-1957, achieving the rank of Sergeant E-5. After duty he returned to Asbury Park and served in the National Guard.
He led a full and active life, giving tirelessly to the Monmouth County Community. He joined the Asbury Park Police Reserve in 1958 and in 1960 became a Special Police Officer and served on the AP Police Force until 1970, when he joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. He was sworn in as a Detective, becoming the first Afro-American to serve in this capacity. His rise in the Prosecutor's Office was meteoric, achieving the rank of Supervisor in 1978, the rank of Lieutenant in 1980, and the rank of Captain in 1989. Reggie retired from the Prosecutor's Office in 1992 as the highest ranking Afro-American.
His achievements were recognized and appreciated. On June 12, 2000 the NJ Senate and General Assembly honored him for his work in the Garden State Region. He was the recipient of an award that now bears his name, the Reginald Wilmore Law Enforcement Award, given to those who provide the same level of commitment, dedication, and inspiration to children and families in Monmouth County. He was a mentor to many, and after his retirement he continued to provide inspiration to colleagues as well as support and assistance to those he mentored.
His service to the community did not exclude children. He served as coach to Pop Warner and Little League teams, worked with the Boys and Girls Club, and was always available to help youngsters understand that their decisions in life would floow them, and that they must think before they act and cooperate as a member of the team.
Reggie was a member of the Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge #20-4, M.W. Garden State Grand Lodge, Mt Zion Royal Arch Masons, St. Matthews Knights Templar, St. John's Consistory, 33rd Degree, Memphis Temple #401-South A.A.E.O.M.S., Milcah Chapter @1200 E.S. and Martha Court #1 Heroines of Jericho.
He left behind his loving wife of 44 years, Helen Maxine Wilore, his children: Reginald Wilmore and Temorra Cortes; Regina, Mark, and Tyrone Wilmore; nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Quote: "I'm not bluffin', I'm sure nuffin'"