FREDERICK WEIMER, 80
WW II veteran worked at Bayley Seton for 45 years
Lifelong Staten Islander Frederick (Freddy) Weimer, 80, a retired hospital employee, died Monday at his Oakwood home, following a long illness.
Born in Tompkinsville, he was brought to Rosebank as a child and lived there for 35 years. He also lived in several other Island communities before moving to Oakwood 11 years ago.
Mr. Weimer graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1942, just before entering the U.S. Navy. He served as a seaman second class aboard the USS Block Island, the only American aircraft carrier sunk by the Germans during World War II.
Six sailors perished in the torpedo attack on the Block Island by a U-boat patrolling the Atlantic Ocean near the Canary Islands on May 29, 1944. But the remaining 951 Navy personnel, including Mr. Weimer, were evacuated safely to other vessels. He was discharged in 1946.
When he was younger, Mr. Weimer loved riding and kept a horse named Domino at stables on the South Shore.
“Horses were his love before we fell in love,” said his wife of 42 years, the former Maryann Hrywniak.
Mr. Weimer was a longtime support staff employee at Bayley Seton Hospital, Clifton, working in building security, housekeeping, and the hospital kitchen. He retired in 1985 after about 45 years with the hospital.
He enjoyed watching television and the company of his family, including a nephew and niece, and his grandson, Gavin.
In addition to his wife, Maryann, and his grandson, Mr. Weimer is survived by his sons, Michael and Paul.
The arrangements, including cremation, are being handled by the Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home, Tottenville.