Gerald B. Weimer, a former assistant city manager who set a record for working longer than anyone else for the city of Clearwater _ nearly 51 years _ died Tuesday (Feb. 18, 1992) at Morton Plant Hospital. He was 73.
Mr. Weimer's official retirement date of June 1988 was two months short of 51 years. "Nobody's come even close to that record," Clearwater Personnel Director Michael Laursen said Wednesday.
Elizabeth P. Weimer said Wednesday that her father became ill Nov. 13 and underwent emergency by-pass surgery that night at Morton Plant.
"He was doing very well and had been moved out of intensive care," she said. "But he (apparently) had another heart attack last night."
Mr. Weimer went to work for Clearwater in August 1936, a year after graduating from Largo High School.
He started in the city clerk's office and worked in a variety of jobs, including the city's accounting, property assessment and purchasing departments. He was assistant purchasing agent in 1968 when he was appointed assistant city manager for administrative matters.
He served as acting city manager for several months in 1973, the same year he was hospitalized for a heart attack. He worked mainly in labor relations and negotiations, including grievances, insurance and pension.
In addition to his longevity with the city, Weimer was the city's highest-paid employee, earning an annual base salary of $69,042. Although no rules were broken, Weimer created a stir at City Hall when he quit his job in April 1988 and, unbeknownst to city officials, chose to delay retirement in order to stay on the city payroll and collect accumulated sick pay. When city officials began questioning why Weimer was still on the city payroll, he retired a month earlier than planned.
Ms. Weimer said her father had remained active since retirement. He played golf four days a week and was involved in activities at Skycrest United Methodist Church, she said.
A native of Wabash, Ind., he had lived in Pinellas County since 1924. His memberships included Clearwater Country Club and the Clearwater Lions Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife, Lillian Gross Weimer; a brother, Bill J., Tallahassee; a sister, JenOra W. Miller, Clewiston; and an uncle, Raymond Knotts, Wabash.
Visitation is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel, 693 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. The Rev. Thurman Rivers Jr., pastor of Skycrest United Methodist Church, is to officiate at the funeral service planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the chapel. Burial is to be at Sylvan Abbel Memorial Park in Clearwater.