Dr. Bill Heimer passed away on May 29, 2021 at his home in Lake City, Florida. William “Bill” Heimer was born in Buffalo, NY, on October 25, 1923 to Paul Heimer and Mildred Caddoo. William’s father was an Engineer, graduate of MIT, who supervised the building of US Post Offices in numerous cities in the eastern US, including the old Post Office in Washington, D.C. Bill graduated from Orlando High School and enrolled at the University of Florida. Bill volunteered for the Army Air Corp (now USAF) immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1942. Bill served in communications throughout World War II and was one of the very first soldiers to enter Berlin after the surrender of Germany.
After his discharge as a Sergeant, he attended the University of Florida, American University, and graduated medical school at the University of Maryland. Bill started his practice as a pediatrician in Coicoa Beach, Florida, the first pediatrician in Cocoa Beach. A few years later, after additional training, he was an emergency room MD in Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral Hospital, and later, Lake City Medical Center in Lake City.
Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Muriel Kay Heimer; three children, Michele Wilson of Charleston, Cherie Bartelezoo of Cocoa Beach and Dr. William Heimer, II of Lake City and Buladean , NC. Bill has eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren that also survive.
Bill had a great enthusiasm for Life, travel and was an expert photographer. His North Carolina farm brought much joy to his life with his Fraser Fir Christmas trees, and joyful family reunions at Thanksgiving. He traveled extensively in Europe, China, Alaska, British Columbia and Northern Canada to photograph polar bears, grizzly bears and even was able to photograph the elusive White Spirit Bear of Western British Columbia. Bill also enjoyed a wildlife safari in Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Bill was an Episcopalian and attended church at St. James in Lake City. Bill was a much loved physician and was the generous patriarch of a diverse and close family.
A memorial service for Dr. Heimer will conducted on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. James Episcopal Church with Rev. Doug Hoden officiating. The family asks that masks be worn and social distancing guidelines please be followed.
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