Roy Chalmer Weimert, CFSP (September 29, 1939 - October 03, 2023)

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Roy Chalmer Weimert, CFSP
  • September 29, 1939
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  • October 03, 2023

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Roy Chalmer Weimert, CFSP, (Certified Funeral Service Professional, he was one of the first designated Funeral Directors in Florida) passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023 in Leesburg, FL surrounded by his beloved wife and friends after a courageous 14 month fight with cancer.  He was born on September 29, 1939 in Cleveland, OH and was the son of Roy T. and Pearle B. (Blagden) Weimert.

Farming was an intricate part of Roy’s young life in Jefferson, OH.  While Roy was in high school, his father was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease.  Roy graduated from Jefferson High School in 1958 and worked after school to help with finances, even to the point of joining the United States Merchant Marines. After his father died, he saved to get his college education.  He worked hard and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University.  Roy’s college career continued because of his interest in Funeral Service where he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science graduating Cum Laude in 1964; and later received his Master’s Degree.

Roy met Sharon Sparks, the love of his life, in 1964 while serving his apprenticeship. After three years of courtship, they married June 17, 1967; being together for almost 60 years.  Roy and his wife are members of New Covenant United Methodist Church, The Villages, FL, where he was Chairman of the Columbarium Committee.

His first job in Florida was with Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville, FL and was transferred to Gentry Morrison Funeral Homes, Lakeland, FL where he was General Manager.  Roy’s success in Funeral Service elevated him to be the obvious selection to become Program Director of the Funeral Service Program at Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL in 2002.   Roy’s first class received accreditation in 2004. The program continues to this day with a very high success rate.

Roy continued his career working at funeral homes in Central Florida even after formal retirement with Hiers-Baxley and Baldwin Brothers.  He very much loved the calling of Funeral Service as he dedicated his life to the profession with high standards.  Roy very recently renewed his Florida Funeral Director’s & Embalmer’s License, as he worked with Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society until August 2023, retiring only because of his battle against cancer.

Roy had a great thirst for knowledge.  He enjoyed apiculture, photography, avid reader, amateur radio and was working toward his advance operator’s license (WD8KKX).  He enjoyed refereeing for World Wrestling Association, northern Ohio; member of Villages Masonic Lodge #  394 F. & A.M., Eustis Masonic Lodge #  33 F. & A.M; and  Roy was a member of Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS).

Visitation will be Friday, October 13th 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services-Buffalo Ridge, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL  32162.  Funeral service is Saturday, October 14, 2023 11:00 AM at New Covenant United Methodist Church, 3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL  32162.  Graveside vault interment will be Tuesday, October 17, 2023 12:30 PM, Bellefontaine City Cemetery, Bellefontaine, OH,  Memorial contributions are suggested to The Roy C. Weimert FSCJ Funeral Services Student Scholarship Fund, Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (www.ifdf.org).  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-430-1449.  Sentiments are encouraged at www.baldwincremation.com.

 


Service

Location:
New Covenant United Methodist Church
3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL  32162
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Date & Time:
October 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM


Cemetery:
Bellefontaine City Cemetery
Bellefontaine, OH



Visitation

Times:
October 13, 2023



Location:
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services-Buffalo Ridge
3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL  32162
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  1. Harold & Suzanne McGaugh says:
    08 Oct 2023
    Roy we met in 2005 when we moved to the Villas in Lynnhaven. We have been friend since that day. We have been through good times and bad times. You were always there with your friendship, caring, and assistance. Roy you will be missed by us and by many others. God bless until we meet again.

  2. Jenifer McSwain says:
    07 Oct 2023
    Roy: I’m at a loss. You said I would not last after my first semester of class. After finishing the semester you got me my first job after a long absence away from the industry. Sitting in the school cafeteria, you saw my future working in civil service before I could think that was a possibility. You showed what a true mentor looked like! For that I am forever grateful. Your legacy lives on within those students who carry the torch of funeral service. Thank You for being our teacher, program director, AND friend. As you helped so many mourn the loss of their loved ones with dignity and beautiful, let us now honor and celebrate YOUR LIFE & LEGACY. Sharon: Roy spoke of you so much. We will keep you close in prayer.

  3. Jenifer McSwain says:
    07 Oct 2023
    Roy listened to this song in the prep room all the time.

    Sentimental Journey

    Gonna take a sentimental journey
    Gonna set my heart at ease
    Gonna make a sentimental journey
    To renew old memories

    Got my bag, got my reservation
    Spent each dime I could afford
    Like a child in wild anticipation
    I long to hear that all aboard

    Seven, that's the time we leave, at seven
    I'll be waitin' up for heaven
    Countin' every mile of railroad track
    That takes me back

    Never thought my heart could be so yearning
    Why did I decide to roam?
    I gotta take this sentimental journey
    Sentimental journey home

    Seven, that's the time we leave, at seven
    I'll be waitin' up for heaven
    Countin' every mile of railroad track
    That takes me back

    Never thought my heart could be so yearning
    Why did I decide to roam?
    I gotta take this sentimental journey

    Sentimental journey home
    Sentimental journey home
    Sentimental journey home

  4. Rhoda and Mike Miller says:
    07 Oct 2023
    Roy was a man everyone new and wanted to know. We will greatly miss you in our card group, dinners out and cruises. He was a gentleman with a smile and a twinkle in his eye of amusement. You are now in God’s care. Remember Roy boy, to wear your glasses on top of your head so you can hear. Love you and miss you. Rhoda and Mike

  5. Betty Bittner says:
    07 Oct 2023
    We have lost a very gentle and understanding man. He will be missed by all whose lives he has touched.

  6. Erika Thibeau posted an image:
    06 Oct 2023
    I met Mister Roy when I started as an intern at Hiers-Baxley about 10 years ago. He took me under his wing and was a mentor. He was always kind, helpful, and had a smile that would light up the room. Roy always had the best style, from his fancy watch, earring, well pressed suits, and his painted toe nails. I know he touched a lot of lives and had a true dedication to funeral service and the families he served. I can remember him telling people, "I am just a pretty face in a suit." Much love to Sharon and the rest of the family. He will be greatly missed.
    I met Mister Roy when I started as an intern at Hiers-Baxley about 10 years ago. He took me under his wing and was a mentor. He was always kind, helpful, and had a smile that would light up the room. Roy always had the best style, from his fancy watch, earring, well pressed suits, and his painted toe nails. I know he touched a lot of lives and had a true dedication to funeral service and the families he served. I can remember him telling people, "I am just a pretty face in a suit." Much love to Sharon and the rest of the family. He will be greatly missed.

  7. Raymond Truax says:
    06 Oct 2023
    On of my Best Friends we had a lot of fun.I will miss him

  8. Sharon Moog says:
    05 Oct 2023
    I remember when I first met Roy, I was the event planner at Hiers-baxley Life Event Center, there was a service going and Roy was the Lead Funeral Director, and I jump right in with helping out and he noticed me and told me that knows good people and he can see that I am one of them. and then he said by the way my Wife's name is Sharon. And we laughed. He also had kind things to say, he was a true gentlemen. He will be missed.

  9. Howard Beckham says:
    05 Oct 2023
    Roy, You have been a part of so many lives through your family, church, and especially through your years of teaching. Many funeral directors owe you so much for your patience and the sacrifices that you made to build the Funeral Services Program at FSCJ from the ground up. Your students are now some funeral service leaders as owners, managers, senior directors, and even teachers. From USMA West Point, to Dover they serve our country, across Florida, and in several parts of the country they serve.
    You have been a teacher, friend, and mentor to many.
    I will forever be grateful for all that you have done to help me.
    God's speed. I hope we meet on the other side.

  10. Gary Brown says:
    05 Oct 2023
    My condolences to the Weimert family. Roy was a friend to funeral service education and I enjoyed my conversations with him. He will be missed.

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