Born on February 24, 1933, Arthur B. Schirmer, Jr. (Bro), was a graduate and longtime supporter of Clemson University, a first lieutenant in the United States Army, an owner of a successful landscape maintenance company, Schirmer's Nursery, which he developed into a site work construction company, Landscape Pavers, Ltd. He was also deeply involved in local politics; serving as City of Charleston alderman for sixteen years and served as the mayor-pro-tem for the City of Charleston when the late Mayor of the City of Charleston, J. Palmer Gaillard, Jr., was called to Washington, D.C. to serve as the Under Secretary of the Navy during the Jimmy Carter administration. As mayor pro-tem, Mr. Schirmer helped to acquire and dedicate the USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point, he led city council to build and dedicate several parking garages in downtown Charleston, and the Farmfield Tennis Center, located west of the Ashley River. In addition to local politics, Mr. Schirmer was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and served as president of the church. He was a member of the Arion Society and an honorary lifetime member of the German Friendly Society and an honorary lifetime member of the Hibernian Society of Charleston. He was a lover of life and an avid tennis player. He loved his walks on the beach with his dogs Honey, Duke, and November. He believed in his fellowship with his friends and everyone whose life he touched. Bro is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Bull Schirmer; her two sons William and Trip, their children, Alexis, Olivia Grace and Drake Bull; his four children with his first wife, Elaine M. Schirmer: Cynthia Sue Schirmer, Rebecca Lynn Schirmer Brown, her son Kyle Brown, Bonnell Mason Schirmer Livingston (Jerry), and their two children, Holly and Gerhard Livingston; and his son, Arthur Bonnell Schirmer, III (Joyce), and their son Jacob Sass Schirmer; his sister, Ruth Schirmer DeHaven. He was predeceased by brother, John Tindal Schirmer and sister, Julie Schirmer Muckenfuss. He will be missed by many friends, especially Rebecca Venning. Arthur B. Schirmer, Jr., will be missed by all who knew him.
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