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Omer Alphonse Victor Cayer

1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Omer Alphonse Victor Cayer Obituary
CAYER Omer Alphonse Victor Cayer of St. Augustine, FL age 92, passed away late in the afternoon of Friday, July 25, 2014. Omer is survived by a wealth of family, 8 children: Lisette Wickman of Fernandina Beach, FL, Sr. Nicole Cayer of St. Augustine, FL, Johanne Cayer of Bronson, FL, Louise Warren of Starke, FL, Bernard Cayer, Pierrette Guck, Ginette Ray and Helene Fretwell, all of Jacksonville, FL, and from his children, 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren. Omer was born on February 25, 1922 in Capleton (Sherbrooke), Quebec, Canada to Alfred Cayer and Bernadette Bergeron Cayer. He was the first of 5 children born to Alfred and Bernadette. After Alfred s untimely passing, Bernadette married her late husband s brother, Albert, and together they had 4 more children. Of Omer s 8 siblings he is survived by 5, Annette Lemay, Marcel, Paul-Emile, Rejean Cayer all of Magog, QC, and Alfred Cayer of Gibson, B.C. He is predeceased by siblings Gerard Cayer, Emilienne Gagnon and Claude Cayer. Omer joined the Canadian Army in 1942 and served until 1945. He served in England and France where he was wounded. He was discharged in 1945 a heavily decorated soldier. He met his wife Yvonne Alice Poulin in Magog, QC and they married in 1947. In 1960 Omer traveled to Jacksonville, FL at the advice of a brother-in-law in hopes of finding a better living. Finding what he had hoped for, he traveled back and forth between Quebec and Florida from 1960 to 1962. In October of 1962 he relocated his entire family to Jacksonville. He opened his own business and built it along with his reputation from the ground up. He became a prominent home builder in North Jacksonville and was well known as such until his retirement in 1992. After retiring he and Yvonne moved to St. Augustine, FL. In July 2009 Yvonne passed away after a lengthy struggle with bone cancer. Omer was regarded as a man of great strength both in character and in muscle, a hands-on skilled craftsman and carpenter in his own business. He was physically active up to his last few days. He had a sharp mind, a warm heart and an admirable sense of dedication. He had the fortune of being loved by a large group of family and friends and his sense of humor will be celebrated long after his passing. He was a devoted Catholic, a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He was an impassioned hockey fan, naming his only son after Bernard Boom-Boom Geoffrion, a lover of fishing and gardening, too. He will be greatly missed though his legacy lives on in the large family he has left behind. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM. on Monday, July 28 with prayers beginning at 5:00 PM at Craig Funeral Home in St. Augustine. A funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 AM at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 29. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to Sisters of St. Joseph Development Fund, NE Florida Community Hospice or a . Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements. www.craigfuneralhome.com Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 28, 2014
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