Germer, Alfred K. "Fred"
Nov. 18, 1927 - Apr. 2, 2013
Alfred "Fred" Germer, a beloved husband, father and Bradenton pharmacist, died April 2, 2013 after telling his children he would always love them. He was 85.
Three months ago, he lost his dear wife of 59 years, Betty Jean Himelhoch Germer who struggled for 20 years with a stroke and Alzheimer's Disease. When she passed, the devoted husband and caregiver felt his purpose on earth was complete.
Mr. Germer worked locally at SuperX, Rite Aid, CVS, Albertson's, Eckerd Drugs, the Manatee County Health Department and, most recently, with Vanguard, which distributes drugs to area nursing homes. He practiced until he was 84.
He was born on Nov. 18, 1927. He was a Holocaust survivor
who, with his sister, was part of the famous Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish children to England from Nazi Germany as WWII was beginning. Eventually the children reunited with their parents and immigrated to New York.
Mr. Germer was a lieutenant while stationed in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Marshall Plan post-war European rebuilding effort.
He and his family lived in Flint, Mich. where he owned Germer's Drugs in the days when the local pharmacist dispensed advice about everything from rash treatments to flu remedies. He ran the store until the mid-1970s when he was shot in a robbery. Mrs. Germer then insisted the family sell the store and move to Florida in 1976.
Twenty years ago Mrs. Germer suffered a stroke and later developed Alzheimer's. Mr. Germer cared for his wife for as long as he could, and then visited her four times a day at Freedom Village, where she went for assisted care. A year ago Mr. Germer moved to the same facility.
"When she died, his work was done," said the couple's daughter, Fawn Germer. "Theirs' was a love so deep and true, and he was ready to go to her."
He savored his final times with his daughter and son, Jim Germer, as well as his many friends. He repeated his trademark phrase, "I love you, I care about you, I appreciate you."
Mr. Germer was a member of the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood in Sarasota and did volunteer work for many agencies.
He is survived by his son Jim Germer, a CPA and financial adviser, and his wife Jeannine of Bradenton; and by daughter Fawn Germer, a best-selling author and motivational speaker of Clearwater.
The funeral will take place Sunday at 3 pm, at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL. Donations may be made to the national
. Arrangements are by Gulf Coast Cremations.