Gerald "Jerry" Pim sailed into heaven Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, after a courageous battle with overwhelming heart disease, both at HealthPark in Fort Myers and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. His wife of 42 years, Carol, and sons, Jason and Nathan, were with him to the end.
He also leaves behind Jason's wife, Kristi, and two precious granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Natalie, plus Nathan's wife, Jillian.
His father, Jerry Sr.; his older brother, Jack; and his mother, Bea pre-deceased him.
Gerald “Jerry” Pim
His younger brothers survive him, Larry (Pat) of Ravenna, Ohio, and Steve of San Francisco; also Eve Pim, wife of deceased brother Jack, and her children Tracey, Jack and Kelly, and their children, all in Texas and Oklahoma.
Born in Waycross, Ga., Jerry spent his younger life growing up in Alliance, Ohio, on the farm, enjoying the outdoors there and BSA activities through his teens. He earned his BA in music education at Mount Union College in 1967, then his MA in music in 1969, from University of Kentucky, majoring in tuba, and teaching one year of band at Crawford Junior High School. He and Carol married in June 1969 after she graduated from Mount Union College, and they both taught school for two years in the Zanesville, Ohio, area. In his spare time, he decided to build a 16-foot wood sailboat in the basement, and trailered it all over Ohio, sailing in lakes and reservoirs. After vacationing in the Florida Keys in December 1970 with their boat, they decided to move to Florida to pursue sailing and teach school. Moving to Cape Coral in 1971, they have lived there for the past 40 years, happily sailing their beloved 35-foot Pearson "Gopher Baroque" in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas, raising sons Jason and Nathan at home and on the water.
Mr. Pim taught for 36 years in Lee County. He started in middle school band at Franklin Park Middle School 1971-1973 and Caloosa Middle School 1973-1982. He returned to graduate school at USF to become certified as a media specialist and fulfilled that role from 1982-1989 at Bonita Middle School and Trafalgar Middle School, 1989-2002. He finished off his educational career as a technical specialist for ESE, until retiring in June 2007.
Jerry and Carol enjoyed sailing, whether racing or cruising from 19712011, traveling throughout the west coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico and over to the Bahamas many summers. They also journeyed all over the U.S. and Canada during summer vacations, with Jason and Nathan, luxuriating in the cooler climates and camping in national parks, forests and off the beaten paths. Retirement took them on extensive vacations to California, Alaska, and Newfoundland, just to name a few of their favorite places.
He was also an active participant as a leader for the Boys Scouts of America, Pack, Troop, and Ship 4 (Cape Coral 1st United Methodist Church) from 1986-2000, while his sons enjoyed the scouting experience with him. Jerry and Jason's culminating experience was hiking at the high adventure 11-day trek at Philmont in New Mexico in summer 1994. Jerry spent years assisting at the church, transporting students from grade and middle schools, to youth choir, bells, and other activities.
Above all else, Jerry was an active member of the Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society sailing club from 1973-2011, holding every office from commodore down to clean-up committee throughout the years. He loved the camaraderie of the cruisers, but always ready to discuss racing strategies and how to optimize on them to win many prestigious races. He mainly used family as crew, to prove that a family can be victorious on a "cruising" boat. A special plaque for participating in 200 races on the same boat was presented to him in 2008.
A celebration of life will be held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Please feel free to attend in your sailing attire /Hawaiian-style Florida wardrobe. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jerry's name to the American Heart Association, Boy Scouts of America or Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society to be used for youth sailing would be appreciated.
Ashes will be spread at sea in the future, on a beautiful sailing weekend.