Werner Christian Buntemeyer
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Buntemeyer, Werner Christian, 78, Coral Ridge Properties President; and outstanding supporter of the YMCA and Junior Achievement of South Florida. Werner Buntemeyer immigrated to Fort Lauderdale with his wife Iris and son Peter in 1963. Werner was born and raised in Bremen Germany where he eventually came to work in the Yacht industry. In 1963 Werner sold a Yacht to James S. Hunt, founder of Coral Ridge Properties, whom offered him a job and brought the family to Fort Lauderdale from Germany. Werner Buntemeyer was instrumental in the development of Coral Springs and Parkland, and was responsible for creating the city ordinances for the city of Coral Springs and the creation of the water districts. Werner started his 30 year career with Coral Ridge Properties as a "go to guy" for owner James S. Hunt, then in 1966 Coral Properties was purchased by Westinghouse Electric; of which then Coral Properties became a wholly owned subsidiary of Westinghouse Financial. At one point Werner served as City Manager of Coral Springs while still working for Coral Ridge Properties; a very unique situation. Eventually Werner worked his way up to become President of Coral Ridge Properties. During his fifteen year tenor as President, Werner Buntemeyer served as President of the Economic Development Council and was instrumental in deciding the location of the Saw Grass Highway. Werner also served on the board and was President of both the YMCA and Junior Achievement of South Florida. Werner Buntemeyer was the last President of Coral Ridge Properties; and retired in December of 1993; just prior to the company being sold. After retirement Werner discovered Costa Rica where he lived (while splitting time in Fort Lauderdale), working on numerous real estate projects. Werner's Teutonic/German work ethic kept fully engaged in different projects in Costa Rica until his last days. Werner Buntemeyer was an avid tennis player, a sport introduced to him by his wife, Iris, when they met in Toronto, Canada in the mid 1950's. Werner continued to play tennis for fun, but with a passion, until January of this year when was diagnosed with cancer. Werner Buntemeyer will be dearly missed by his family, friends and former work colleagues; and will always be remembered for his incredible caring and generosity. Werner Christian Buntemeyer is survived by his son Peter, his sister Christa Buntemeyer (Bremen, Germany), his son Peter's mother (and good friend) Iris Buntemeyer and his wife Carmen. A celebration mass will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale on Friday August 13th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Werner Buntemeyer to either the YMCA or Junior Achievement of South Florida. God Bless. Arrangements entrusted to Edwards Cremation & Funeral Services, Wilton Manors.


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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 12, 2010.
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September 3, 2010
Werner was my mentor and guide the time we were together at Coral Ridge Properties. He had a profound influence on my life and taught me the to always be moral in my business life. I will alsways think of Werner as I have since we both left the firm in 1994. May he rest in peace.
Bill Whitman
Bill Whitman
August 27, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow!
Ambry Restaurant
August 17, 2010
Werner will always be remembered as one of the finest men that I have had the privilege to do business with in my lifetime.
My most sincere condolences to all his great family.

Pete Beaty, Lake Wales, Florida
August 16, 2010
My heartfelt condolences to Mr. Buntemeyers family. I work for CPR and he was a genleman and a good man. Working for him in that company was a blessing. They don't make men like him anymore!!! God Bless
Nancy DeFeo
nancy defeo
August 14, 2010
Werner is missed by those of us who had the privilege to work for him. If one word can be used to describe Werner, it is "integrity". Beneath his sometimes intimidating "public" persona was a very kind, thoughtful and generous man. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Timothy Lunney
August 13, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family for their loss. Mr. Buntemeyer started an industry addressing community building which I have been privileged to experience. Those efforts live on in these communities. His work has been memorialized in the photo archives and historical records of familiar places like Coral Ridge, Coral Springs, Parkland, Pelican Bay, Pelican Landing and Coral Bay. His legacy will remain but his leadership and vision will be missed.
John Petty
August 12, 2010
Our condolences and prayers go out to Mr.Buntmeyer and his family. Peter is his source of pride. Werner would display his huge heart and pride with the mention of family or friends. You are loved and will be missed.
My family and I owe Mr. Buntmeyer our unending gratitude. May God be with you and yours Werner.
Roger Dyess
August 12, 2010
My sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Buntemeyer. During my years at Coral Ridge he was always a kind person and someone who treated everyone no matter what position, with respect. May the peace of God be always with you Mr. Buntemeyer and with your family. Becky Aloi, former CRP employee
Becky Aloi
August 12, 2010
"Our most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Buntemeyer". May the peace of God "that surpasses all understanding" be with you.
Sincerely,
The YMCA of Broward County, Inc. , Board of Directors, Sheryl Woods, President/CEO, and Staff
Sheryl A. Woods, Pres/CEO
August 12, 2010
My condolences to the family. I know Werner always took such great pride in his son Peter. I personally learned a great deal from him during my years working for him at Coral Ridge and owe a lot to him for the direction and opportunities he provided to me and many of my peers.

Jim McGowan
JIm McGowan
August 12, 2010
My sincere condolonces to the family and friends of Werner. He will be deeply missed. He was a kind, intelligent, and witty gentlemen.

May God's presence surround your heart today and give you the strength to face the days ahead. You are in my prayers.
Michele Jones
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