James Franklin Kaserman
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71, passed away Oct. 18, 2013, at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers, Fla. after a brief illness. Jim was born in Massillon, Ohio, the son of Richard and Dorothy Kaserman. He graduated from Washington High School in 1960 and attended Kent State University and the University of Dayton.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sarah Jane; his devoted sons, Richard (Louise) Kaserman and James (Shanon) Kaserman; grandsons, James and Reed; and granddaughter, Haven, as well as his brother, Rick (Sue) Kaserman and a loving extended family. Jim proudly served in the US Army. He raised his family in New Philadelphia, Ohio, where he taught high school, announced the football games, coached boys basketball and golf, and refereed from 1967 to 1985. He also served as President of New Philadelphia City Council and as Mayor. After moving to Ft. Myers in 1985, Jim continued his high school teaching career, while coaching girls softball and golf and announcing football games at Mariner High School. He also served as Director of Business and Industry Services at High Tech North. He retired from teaching in 2004. Jim avidly pursued many hobbies and was blessed with countless friends during his lifetime. He enjoyed his days of racing sprint cars and stock cars, and was a member of the Daytona Antique Automobile Association (DAARA). He lent his beloved 1951 Ford to the Living Legends of Auto Racing museum at Daytona where it had raced on the beach during the early days of NASCAR. One of his great experiences was to run #21 on the old beach course again and display his car last year during Speed Week. Jim also authored several books, both historical fiction and non-fiction and enthusiastically gave lectures for Florida Gulf Coast University's Renaissance Academy on the history of railroads and the history of pirating in Florida. He loved to immerse himself in the subject and even dressed the part as he continued to always impart knowledge to others.
Visitation hours will be 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Memorial Gardens in Ft. Myers and a Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Covenant Presbyterian Church where Jim served as an Elder. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hope Hospice of Lee County, or a local historical
. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, Online condolences may be made at:
Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery
1589 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Published in The Times Reporter on Oct. 22, 2013