JEROME CHARLES FABER April 4,1930 - March 12, 2014 Jerry was born April 4,1930 in Merrick, NY. He passed away Wednesday March 12 surrounded by his children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Jerry, Jr, and his ex-wife Charmaine (Sherry) and sisters Joanne Huggard and Jeanine Tobin. Jerry graduated from Mepham High School in Long Island where he was a standout football player and wrestler. He also was a pole vaulter. As he often pointed out to his kids, he was also voted best dressed his senior year. Jerry accepted a football and wrestling scholarship to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where he met Charmaine Pennock. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in sociology. In his senior season he was voted captain of his football team and wrestled all four years. He was recently inducted, along with his teammates from the 1950 undefeated team into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame. Although he was offered a tryout with the NY Football Giants, he never accepted due to his wanting to become a naval officer and start his family. After marrying Sherry, he was commissioned as a naval officer on the USS Meredith. He served in the Navy for over 5 ½ years. He was on his way to combat when the Korean War ended. Following a stellar sales career at RR Donnelly in NY, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale to take over his father's business, the World Famous Jungle Queen. As president of the Jungle Queen, he oversaw tremendous growth in the company. Under his direction, in 1971 the company built the 550 passenger vessel (Jungle Queen IV), that is a FT. Lauderdale icon. To this day people line up along the New River to salute the boat nightly with shouts of " Hello There". He served the local business community in many ways. He was on the Board of Directors of Barnett Bank. He served on the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Beach Council, and was its chairman for one year. He also held leadership roles and board positions with the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing advisory committee, Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and many other tourism related boards and activities. Dad generously supported many charities and served on the Board of Directors for the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls with his dear friend Bob Radice. The company has also sponsored high school basketball and volleyball tournaments. Three years ago he was honored with the Hospitality Legend of the Year Award from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, which referred to him as "a tourism pioneer." Jerry had many varied interests. He was an avid tennis player and a member of the Coral Ridge Country Club for over 45 years. He had a passion for boating, spending weeks every summer "cruising the Bahamas" with family and friends. A loving father, grandfather, and uncle Jerry will be dearly and deeply missed by all who he has touched. He is survived by his daughter Pam, sons Michael ( Debbie), Todd ( Denise), and Patrick (Joelly). He particularly enjoyed his 5 grandchildren, Jessica, Shay, Caitlyn, Jillian and Veronica. Visitation will be on Monday March 17 between 5:30-8:00 PM at Baird Case Funeral Home- 4343 N. Federal Hwy Ft. Lauderdale . A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church- 4601 Bayview Dr. Ft. Lauderdale at 10 AM on Tuesday March 18th. Followed by internment at the South Florida VA Cemetery in Lake Worth at 1:15 PM sharp. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his name to: P.A.C.E. Center for Girls
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Baird-Case/Jordan Fannin Funeral Home
4343 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale , FL 33308-5207
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 16, 2014