Inside William “Bill” Sinkin’s office at Solar San Antonio, you will be hard pressed to find any space on the wall. That is because it takes a vast number of pictures to tell the story of his countless accomplishments. From making HemisFair '68 a reality and putting San Antonio on the map, to helping low-income families receive homes as chairman of the San Antonio Housing Authority, Bill Sinkin left an indelible mark on the city of San Antonio.
Bill Sinkin has met with presidents, congressmen and co-founded Goodwill of San Antonio. He was also responsible for developing the first integrated bank in Texas, Texas State Bank, on the city’s southeast side, hiring African-American employees and serving African-American patrons. He also fought racism by peacefully protesting segregation in restaurants downtown.
Recently Bill Sinkin focused on raising awareness about the use of solar energy in San Antonio. A trailblazer in the industry, he founded Solar San Antonio.
"The biggest inspiration for me has been seeing him do things that other people would have said were impossible,” said Lanny Sinkin, his son.
Bill Sinkin died Monday surrounded by family.
"Congestive heart failure caught up with him, his heart was just wearing out,” said Lanny Sinkin.
Upon news of his death, many in the community have shared their condolences, including longtime friend and former congressman Charlie Gonzalez:
“Bill was a lifelong friend of the entire Gonzalez family. The friendship, support and good counsel of Bill Sinkin was not limited to those of us that had the good fortune of personally knowing him but rather the entire city was the beneficiary of his extraordinary leadership. Bill died at 100 years of age but even a 100 years was not sufficient time to accomplish all he set out to do and I am certain that he was expecting us to continue his many projects. And we will, but there is no replacing Bill Sinkin.”
San Antonio Mayor Joaquin Castro also shared his thoughts:
“People like Bill Sinkin only come along once in a generation. Bill was a leader, a friend and a visionary who helped usher in the modern age of San Antonio.”
Bill Sinkin was 100 years old.