Fredrick Bishop Geer, Jr. • May 2, 2021
The heavenly father took home faithful servant, Fred, bringing to an end his 90 year trek on this earth, May 2, 2021. Fred “Pawpaw” Geer, from the comfort of his Pensacola home and surrounded by family set off on his final trip. Born with courage and resolve from the start, on March 16, 1931 to Fred Sr. and Lucille (Watson) Geer, in Duval County, Jacksonville, FL. Fred got his first life lesson as a toddler when his mother succumbed to a brief illness. Raised then by his father and second wife, Mary Joannides, with his three older brothers, John, James, and Joseph, and his two younger sisters, Mary Frances, and Patricia, during depression and recession economic times, Fred’s formative years spent before school working a newspaper route and after school fishing at the docks for the evening meal shaped him into a lifetime of frugality and provision. His sisters still attest he had plenty of time for boyish pranks busting up their “girly” sleepovers. Competitive in almost anything, he was once named “most freckled faced boy” at the local YMCA, getting his smiling mug in the Jacksonville Journal. After graduating Andrew Jackson High he joined the Navy getting assigned to Greenland and discovered how much fun he didn’t have in the icy snow. He became an Aircraft Electrician’s mate 3rd class relocating to NAS Pensacola where he was destined to fall in love with white sandy beaches and become a fan of the Blue Angels flying team. After his honorable discharge, and intrigued with helping his community, he served 5 and a half years with the Jacksonville Road Patrol. Deciding service to the Lord would be more conducive for living a long life, he returned to his field of experience in electronics, a communications technician, which accommodated his having a family and his church commitment. Fred was drawn to Pensacola as a permanent home for raising his kids and retiring later with the love of his life, Barbara. So they moved across the state and into the “woods” of Cantonment becoming amateur farmers owning cows, chickens, ducks, planting a half acre garden, building a house and digging two spring-fed ponds, one for fishing. Not wanting to be idle, Fred finished college that he’d begun in 1957 at Jacksonville University now with University of West Florida, Pensacola, in 1979. He also served a dozen years as commander with Royal Rangers, a church organization for boys and men that utilizes camping and outdoor activities. Upon retirement, he and his wife traveled to Israel a lifelong desire fulfilled. They also traveled all across the United States in service to evangelist John Kilpatrick for several years before settling down to just being the best Mema and Papa ever carrying the grandchildren with them on vacations, teaching them to love hotel pools, the importance of sunscreen and to crave Cracker Barrel. As a nature and animal lover, pawpaw has shown his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to nuture and respect all creatures by feeding squirrels and birds and taking in any stray cat (10) or dog (3) that wanders into his yard because they take over his heart. Dad, Pawpaw, we love you forever. We miss you till we meet again.
Fred is predeceased by his parents, his brothers, his wife Barbara Geer, grandson, Anthony Day, and great-grandson, Ethan Day, Fred is survived by his sisters (“Pretty” and Pat) and children Debra, Sandra, and Geoffrey (Wanda) Geer. He is also survived by grandchildren Daniel Day, Sean Hadley (Sarah), Amanda Harding(Jeremiah), Jarred Geer(Joanna), Blane Jureczki (Beth) and great-grandchildren Tony, Landon, Gavin, Wyatt, Sullivan, Falynn, Spenser, Xahra, Ryder, Samson, Susannah, plus several nieces, nephews, and blended family members.
The family would like to thank all those who provided care particularly near the end of Fred’s life; medical doctors and staff at Ascension Sacred Heart, West Florida MCC and nurses and staff with Covenant Care, in Pensacola, Florida.
In lieu of flowers to honor Fred and his love for all God’s creatures, donations to his church (or yours), to a Charity, or to an Animal Rescue of your choice is welcomed. Two organizations he supported are Calvary Way Church, 100 Jones Street, Pensacola, FL 32534 and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 474, Memphis, TN 38101-9958.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 1-2pm, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Funeral services will take place at 2pm with interment to follow in Pensacola Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements through Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 7433 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, Florida 32526.
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