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Fort Wayne tennis mainstay Bond passes away

She was Wildwood's longest-tenured employee

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:06 am

Long-time Fort Wayne tennis cornerstone Joan Bond passed away Wednesday morning after a long bout with cancer.

An avid player for many years, Bond, 75, started working at Wildwood Racquet Club as a front desk associate in 1980 and was the longest-tenured staff member at the club. Since 1988 she served as member services manager and managed the ladies tennis program and travel teams.

``She has always been the cultural center of the universe at Wildwood,'' co-owner Will Cleveland said. ``She established the culture of customer service and a lot of the organizational and operations that define our company. She was just a tremendously gracious and kind human being. It's a huge loss for our company and for tennis. She touched so many people.''

Bond was also one of the driving forces behind the recent rebirth of the Fort Wayne Tennis Commission and the re-starting of the Fort Wayne Tennis Hall of Fame. She also served as a member of the Vera Bradley Classic Steering and Tennis Committees since its inception in 1994.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill and daughter Jennifer and is survived by sons Jeff of Orlando and David of Indianapolis. There are four grandchildren.

Services are pending.