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James Quincy Creamer (October 9, 1923 – September 2, 2019)
James Quincy Creamer, known as Jim to his friends and D-Daddy to his grandkids, of Sanford, FL, passed away on September 2nd at the age of 95 after a long battle with dementia and its related issues.
The funeral will be at (date & time) at Gramkow Funeral Home in Sanford, Florida. The burial will be held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida. If you are unable to attend services, we ask that you please write your fondest (or funniest) memory of Jim and send it. This was a man who loved to laugh and be the center of the gathering, we wish to send him out this way as well.
Jim was born in Southport, Florida on October 9, 1923. He was one of 9 kids (Gertrude, Chester, Ruthie, Ruby, Mary, Calvin, Nellie, & Vita). He had an early love for the game of golf, but as a poor, dark skinned boy, was not allowed to formally play on the courses. He was, however, allowed to caddy, and learned the game to exacting detail.
During his senior year of high school, he was granted an opportunity through the US Navy to enlist and receive his diploma through the Navy. He shipped off to aircraft school in Kansas, where he met Jaqueline Roper, who would become the mother of his 3 children and his wife of 74 years. During his Navy career, Jim was aboard several carriers in the Pacific Fleet, but was most fond of his time aboard the USS Essex, during which time they were the first carrier to traverse the Suez Canal. He served in WWII, Korea, many other calls throughout the Pacific and North Africa. He was stationed in Alaska, Washington State, California, Kansas, and Sanford, FL, where he retired after 25 years with an ending rank of Master Chief E-9.
After retirement, Jim took his never ending love of golf to a new level. Far from being barred from courses, he was now invited to play at them, and he and Jackie explored the country in their RV as he played some of the country’s greatest greens. He also went back to school and learned all about the world of taxation. He built a thriving Tax Services business and had over 400 clients when he passed the business to his daughter, Peggy Shuck.
One of his proudest achievements was finding sobriety in 1965. He became a pillar in helping others know that change is possible.
Jim was exceedingly proud of the family he built in the midst of his career. He leaves behind his wife of 74 years, Jaqueline (Roper) Creamer, his 3 children, James Rex Creamer (Orting, WA), Peggy Ann Shuck (Sanford, FL), and David Andrew Creamer (Troy,AL/Longwood,FL). He also leaves behind his tribe of grandchildren: James Frederick Creamer & James Andrew Creamer (both of Washington State), Shannon Creamer (Sanford, FL), Joshua Shuck (Debary, FL), Daniel Shuck (Charlotte, NC), and Kelly (Creamer) Bragg (Deltona, FL) and her husband Chris, whom he loved like his own. He also leaves behind 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way. Jim is preceded in death by all of his siblings and his daughter-in-law, Jan Creamer, whom he always called Shorty.
The family of James Quincy Creamer wishes to thank the entire staff of Healthcare & Rehab Center of Sanford, FL for caring for him for the last 8 ½ years with love and respect.