Cramer E. Partridge
June 5, 2014
Cramer Edward Partridge, age 81, of Fort Myers, passed away from prostate cancer on June 5, 2014, at Hope Hospice at Healthpark in Fort Myers. He is survived by his brother, Gary Partridge of Fort Myers; beloved daughter, Suzanne Robins (Cary) of Newton, MA; cherished son Christopher Gordon of West Bloomfield, MI; grandchildren Sarah and Hannah Robins and Madison and Morgan Gordon. A celebration of Cramer's life will be held at the end of July.
Born in Pontiac, Michigan on January 10, 1933, Cramer attended Michigan State University. While serving as a Broker and appraiser for ten years in Pontiac, he became the youngest president of the Pontiac Board of Realtors at the age of 25. He continued his real estate career in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills for nearly two decades, earning his MAI professional designation and becoming senior appraiser for Union Bank, reviewing more than 1,000 appraisals with a value of about $420 million. As the owner of Partridge Associates, he consulted and appraised properties primarily in the Western U.S. and became the largest appraisal and consulting firm on the West Coast.
After his father's health issues, Cramer returned to Michigan for two years to temporarily lend a hand with his Dad's real estate firm. When his parents moved to Captiva Island, Cramer decided to follow, ultimately joining Mariner/VIP Commercial in 1982, specializing in commercial real estate sales and the marketing of land to developers and users. He was Manager of VIP's Commercial Division and New Business Development from 1984-89 and leading producer in the Fort Myers Asn. of Realtors in 1984 and 1988, selling land for over 4,000 single and multi-family homes in Lee and Collier Counties. In 1998 he was Sales Manager and Land Transactional Specialist as VIP's commercial division became an affiliate of Grubb & Ellis/VIP-D'Allesandro, now operating as VIP Commercial.
Cramer was a lifetime member of the VIP President's Club, which recognizes Realtors with the highest sales achievement levels. After 32 years with VIP, his professional imprint can be found on properties and developments throughout Southwest Florida.
Representative transactions included: The Vineyards, The Vines, Parker Lakes, Pinebrook Lakes, Suntree Apartments, Outback Steakhouse, Sanibel Steakhouse, University Grill, and Fountain View. In his honor, VIP Realty Group created the annual Cramer Award in 2005 to recognize individuals like Cramer Partridge who have built their success and accomplishments on personal systems of uncompromising standards and unwavering values. Cramer believed in the philosophy of Live, Learn, Love, and leave a Legacy.
Midway through his 81st year, Cramer continued to go to the office on a daily basis, often on weekends. Several years ago he founded a program called VIP CARES.ORG, an interactive website which he edited to enrich the lives of the VIP Family, agents and staff. The site shared information on topics to enhance the lives of the VIP Realty staff via daily emails. Cramer raised "Love, Care, and Concern" from an easy-to-say slogan to the compass point of the VIP family.
Always the consummate professional, Cramer was a mentor to many and a genuine friend to even more. He positively touched the lives of countless people over the years, both at work and through his wide circle of friends. He had a heart that loved without boundaries and was the most giving person imaginable. All you had to do was mention that you liked something and the next day it was at your doorstep, courtesy of Amazon delivery. His happy demeanor and contagious optimism - even as his cancer progressed - made him a joy to be around. He was truly a beautiful soul.
He had a genuine passion for reading, cooking, chocolate and art with an Oriental flair. Until a year ago he played tennis on a weekly basis with a group of seniors. But mostly, he loved to give things to people - books, soup from his own kitchen, or a special gadget he thought they would enjoy. His unbridled joy came from giving.
His life has left us with heartfelt memories that will linger until our own sunsets. Be at peace and know that you were loved, dear Cramer. We were blessed to have had you in our lives. For those wishing to remember Cramer, donations can be made to the
, Hope Hospice or PBS.
Published in The News-Press from June 13 to June 15, 2014