Richard was born in Perth-Andover on December 22, 1926. He was the son of the late William Barrett and Myrtle (Jenkins) Jamer. Richard leaves behind his daughters Susan Barrett (Ronald) of Waterville, Carolyn Campbell (Gary) of New Maryland, Sheila Cummings (Ron) of Perth-Andover, Anne Jamer-Michaud (Daniel) of Gatineau, QC; his sons Richard Jamer Jr. (Jeanne) of Fall River, NS, Bill Jamer (Bernice) of Orleans, ON, Murray Jamer (Alberta) of Fredericton, Jim Jamer (Sandra) of Moncton, Paul Jamer (Charlene) of Fall River, NS; his sisters Mary Doughty of Fort Fairfield, ME, Deanna Clark of Halifax, NS; his brother David Jamer (Dora) of Saint John; 25 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Richard was predeceased by his parents; his wife Janet Jamer (Caldwell); his son Patrick Jamer; brothers Douglas, Winston, and John Jamer.
After finishing high school, Richard joined the Merchant Navy and served on convoy duty during World War 2. Following the war, Richard and his brother John owned and operated Jamer Brother’s Mill. In 1956 he was seriously injured in a logging accident that required him to spend significant time in hospital in Montreal. Upon his return to Perth-Andover, he continued in a much diminished role with the mill and took a full-time position as a Customs Officer at the Perth-Andover crossing in 1958. In addition to these duties, he operated a carpentry business and was also a well known land developer with a subdivision in Andover.
Always focused on community service, Richard was actively engaged in volunteer roles in support of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Village of Perth-Andover and the country in general. His contributions and accomplishments are too numerous to list here, but the following illustrate the breadth and depth of his commitment to community:
5 terms on Village Council (He was Deputy Mayor for a much of that time).
Held every position with the Royal Canadian Legion up to and including Branch President, District Commander and Honorary Grand Patron of the NB Command.
He was the Veterans Service Officer for 40 years and ensured that many veterans received the benefits they were entitled to.
A member of the Perth Andover Fire department from 1943-1986 (In roles including Deputy Chief).
Local Youth Leadership Coordinator and also served on the provincial committee.
Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Memorial Arena.
NB Advisory committee for the Air Cadet League of Canada.
Member of the Andover Local Improvement Commission and Chairman of the Centennial Committee.
Legion sports coordinator at local, district and provincial levels.
Provincial chairman of track & field from 1964-1996. Vice-Chair of the National Committee.
Enshrined on the Wall of Honour of the Canadian Track & Field Association.
Active member of the local Emergency Measures Organization.
And much much more–––
A dedicated family man, he also enjoyed:
Fishing and canoeing on the Tobique River.
Camping and other family related activities.
Encouraging education for his extended family.
Woodworking and carpentry projects and sharing those skills with his family & friends.
Writing, reciting and publishing poetry as the "Wet Vet" for many years.
Funeral service was held Monday, October 10, 2016 at 2 pm from the Perth-Andover Baptist Church. Rev. Michael Fredericks officiated. Interment followed in the Perth-Andover Baptist Cemetery.
Music for the service was by Rev. Michael Fredericks and Marianne Bell. Remembrances were shared by Roger Jenkins, Anne Jamer-Michaud, and Dick Jamer.
Urn bearers were Carolyn Campbell and Murray Jamer. Honorary pallbearers were Richard's grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Perth-Andover Baptist Church
Perth-Andover Baptist Church
Perth-Andover Baptist Cemetery
Perth-Andover Baptist Church Mortgage Fund or CNIB.