WILMINGTON — James H. “Jim” Henry Bremer Jr., 72, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty); son, Kendal J. Bremer, and his wife, Brianna, of Wake Forest; daughter, Rosemary B. Dickson, and her husband, Chris, of Wilmington; grandsons, Noah Bremer and Gordon Dickson; and two sisters, Elizabeth (Betsy) Harvey of Charleston, South Carolina, and Barbara M. Bremer of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Jim (Jamie to family and old friends) rarely met a stranger. He would talk to anybody. If you ever met him, you would probably remember him. His antics and sayings were sometimes referred to as “Bremerisms.” It was once said, “When God made Bremer, he threw away the mold.” (We will not elaborate here!) He truly was a unique person who loved people and animals. He was especially partial to babies and small children as well as dogs and turtles. When he was young and healthy, his energy and enthusiasm for life was virtually unmatched. He didn’t want to miss out on anything!
Mr. Bremer had a variety of jobs including working as a yacht/boat broker and service manager for a number of automobile dealerships. He also worked for several years at Corning Glass in Wilmington. Before moving to Wilmington, he was a boarding agent as well as a containership manager for several steamship companies in Charleston, South Carolina, and Miami, Florida, as well as overseas.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Jim was very proud of his family, especially his beloved grandsons.
He was a true history “buff,” had a phenomenal vocabulary, and knowledge of ships, wars and battles, and antique automobiles. Some of his happiest moments were spent with his grandson, Noah, watching the history channel and sharing books and information.
Mr. Bremer was seriously ill for an extended time. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to all of the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who cared for him. A special thanks to Dr. Will Jones, Dr. Edward Whitesides and Dr. Robert Hennihan.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, with Dr. Rudy Shepard officiating.
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