George G. Remmers, educator, shop owner
George G. Remmers, a former Baltimore public schools educator who later opened a Fells Point antiques shop, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 8 at Autumn Leaves, a Dallas skillednursing center. He was 91.
Mr. Remmers had gone to Dallas to celebrate his 91st birthday with his partner of 20 years, Mike Jackson, a retired registered nurse.
“I had a birthday party for him with cake and ice cream, and then a few days later, he got sick,” said Mr. Jackson.
The son of Louis Otto Remmers and Anna Mills Remmers, George Gilbert Remmers was born and raised in Baltimore, where he attended city public schools.
After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II and was stationed in Hawaii.
After the end of the war, Mr. Remmers earned a bachelor’s degree in education from what is now Towson University and took a position teaching sixth grade at Thomas Johnson Elementary School. He retired in the late 1970s.
After retiring, Mr. Remmers opened Yankee Peddler, an antiques shop on Aliceanna Street in Fells Point.
“He loved driving to flea markets all over the Baltimore area to find things to sell in his store,” Mr. Jackson said.
He was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, where he sang with the choir and with the men’s choir.
Mr. Remmers volunteered with Moveable Feast from its founding in 1990 until 2002, when he suffered a stroke.
“He was dedicated to helping others, especially people suffering with AIDS, delivering food to house-bound clients and always giving them a big ole hug before he left,” wrote Mr. Jackson in an email profile of Mr. Remmers.
The 2002 stroke left him paralyzed on his left side, but after extensive physical therapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was able to walk again with a cane. He could not, however, return to his Aliceanna Street home, Mr. Jackson said.
“He lived with two friends in Mount Vernon,” he said.
Mr. Remmers was an avid theatergoer and supported local theater in particular. He also enjoyed travel. In 2006, he and his partner took a cruise to Alaska and subsequently traveled to Mexico and Las Vegas.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at his church, 226 Washburn Ave., Brooklyn Park.
In addition to Mr. Jackson, he is survived by two cousins.