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James F. Shimer

Born: Sun., Feb. 1, 1942
Died: Sat., Apr. 6, 2019


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James Fred Shimer of Nottingham, PA died at his home on Saturday April 6th of pancreatic cancer at age 77.  He was born February 1, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA.

Fred was passionate about all things baseball.  He played little league as a young boy and continued on to pitch for Neshaminy High School and Millersville University.  After graduating he   played ball in numerous adult baseball leagues. 

Fred spent his career as a librarian at Avon Grove High School and moonlighted as a bartender at the Red Rose Inn.

Fred loved reading, military history and collecting historical and sports memorabilia.  He also loved steam engines, airplanes, jazz and Louis Armstrong.  He volunteered his time at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents James M. and Dolly (Lashley) Shimer and is survived by his sister Joan S. Fuentes (Bill) of Tucson, AZ and brother John D. Shimer (Vicki) of The Villages, FL.  Also surviving are his nephews Mark, David and Michael Shimer and Michael Fuentes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Fred's name to the Pennsylvania Railroad Society.

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Web Edwards
   Posted Thu April 11, 2019
Fred was a great part of our HS life back in the 1960/70's. He certainly was a great guy and was part of the great faculty era at Avon Grove. His love for baseball was historic and he loved the Philadelphia Phillies. I know his health was waning over the last few years. My personal hope is he is at peace and at rest. Class of 1971 solutes Mr. Shimer............

Patrick Morrison
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
Fred was an important part of our team of library and archives volunteers and a wonderful member of our Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania family! Whenever I saw him, he was always quick to offer a witty rejoinder that was sure to make me smile. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.

Linda DeCecchis
   Posted Sun May 05, 2019
I was newly employed and part time as a teacher at Avon Grove High School back in 1985. Without a permanent classroom assigned, Fred allowed me to use his office space to do paperwork between classes. Fred was my first friend and colleague in my new position and he was eager to help me learn the routine. Fred had strict rules for his library but for those serious about using ‘his’ facility he was a plethora of knowledge that he eagerly wanted to share. Many students would love to challenge him with sports facts to which he rarely lost. Allowing me to have a few library showcase spaces to display my students work was a privilege he didn’t give to just anyone! Fred was a kindred soul that I deeply respected and appreciated especially as my first unofficial mentor and friend. I was moved when I just learned that Fred passed on my birthday. What a punctuation point to a wonderful person that I was lucky to know and be guided by at the beginning of my teaching career at Avon Grove. May God embrace your good soul Fred. Rest In Peace.

Marjorie Beachy
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
My favorite memory of Fred (among many) is when he chaperoned one of my trips to France. We visited Paris and then the WWII battle fields, D-Day beaches of Normandy, its cemeteries and museums. Because he was so knowledgeable about this period of history, we gave him the microphone on the bus and he narrated the events of the US invasion of France better than any travel guide. I still have a vivid picture of him in my mind as he spoke to our students about the sacrifices of our young military men and women. Thank you Fred for being my colleague and my friend! May God bless you and make His light to shine upon you.

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