James E. Myer Jr., a lifelong Westport resident who served 30 years as a Westport firefighter, died Nov. 1. He was 58.
Jimmy Myer: retired firefighter, RTM member. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Myer was first diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare form of eye cancer, 10 years ago. He lost an eye to the disease and retired a short time afterward.
In a 2009 article he wrote for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he was being treated, he maintained an upbeat view and talked of his love for his vintage deluxe 1938 Ford woodie wagon he had owned since college.
In the essay, headlined “A Bump in the Road,” Myer said: “I do feel fortunate that I’m in the care of the best and the brightest doctors in the country. I still believe the best is yet to be. Go forward with your life hold your head up high, and if you see me going down the highway of life in my vintage Ford give me a wave and a thumbs-up!”
Born July 12, 1956, he was one of six children of the late James and Evelyn Myer. A Staples High School graduate, he attended Norwich University.
In addition to his career with the Westport Fire Department, he served as a special officer for the the Westport Police Department, where his brother, Robert, is currently employed. He served on the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1989 to 1991. He was also a well known antique dealer.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years Laura H. Myer of Westport, son John Myer of Milford, daughter Ashleigh Myer of Greenwich, his constant companions, two golden retrievers Frosty and Mister, four brothers and one sister.
The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Friday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m., meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, for a Mass of Christian Burial. interment will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery, with reception immediately following.
Contributions in memory of James may be made to Wildlife in Crisis inc., Weston, CT. , www.wildlifeincrisis.com.