DAVID A. KIMAR
May 05, 1945 - January 14, 2023
David Alfred Kimar, 77, sailed away on the morning of January 14, 2023 at the UP Health System surrounded by his loving family.
Dave was born on May 5th, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Alfred and Irya (Fern) Kimar. A graduate of Mather High School in 1963, Dave earned his B.S. in Education from NMU in 1968 and taught U.S. History for 13 years, including 12 years at Munising High School where he also coached wrestling for three years. An advocate for education, Dave also served on the Au Train-Onota School Board for 15 years. Dave married the love of his life, Christine Seglund, on August 27, 1966.
Dave’s other passion, as many know, was fishing. He spent much of his childhood at Kimar’s Resort in Shelter Bay and as a young boy, began his career renting boats and selling bait at Deer Lake. He earned his Captain’s License in 1967 at a time when charter fishing was in its infancy on the Great Lakes. In 1976, Dave and Chris took over the resort and charter business that was built by Dave’s parents and Uncle Oliver Sonne (Ruth) Kimar. Dave and Chris shared a love of the unique beauty of Shelter Bay which they conveyed to all their guests, many of whom became like family. Dave owned and operated the business until the day he died. Dave’s work ethic that started in childhood was both a gift and an inspiration to his family.
Dave Kimar was larger than life. An innovator and visionary, Dave chartered out of Shelter Bay for 55 years and became the first charter captain to make regular trips out to Stannard Rock. His knowledge of the history and fishery of the Rock was unparalleled, but is carried on through his son-in-law Captain Ric O’Neill. Some of Dave’s other memorable leadership roles include serving as president of the Michigan Charter Boat Association as well as being the founder and operator of the Boat, Sport, and RV Show at the Superior Dome for 28 years.
The late Mr. Rogers stated, “Look for the helpers.” Dave was a helper. The loss of Dave is a devastation to his family and community that cannot be put into words. When people didn’t know what to do, they called Dave. From needing an obscure boat part to Coast Guard rescues, Dave always knew what to do. As his neighbor stated, there is a Dave-sized hole in the Universe.
Dave’s size 18 shoes cannot be filled, literally or figuratively, but his legacy will be carried on in the Sisu of those who knew and loved him. Survivors of his family include his wife and anchor of over 56 years, Chris; four daughters: Anne (Ric) O’Neill, Diane (Wayne) Luman, Catherine Kimar, Sarah Kimar (Michael Pahno); four grandsons: Dave O’Neill and Ryan, Michael, and Cody Hansen; and of course, his favorite granddaughter and the Joy of his life, Joy O’Neill. He is also survived by his younger sister Barb (Joe) Hase and baby sister Deb (Will) Oas, along with nieces and nephews: Carrie, Erika, Jordan, Tyler, Ozzy, Heidi, Chelsey, Courtny and numerous cousins. Finally, he is survived by many friends including his right hand man, Roy Maxon, and one of his best friends of over 50 years, Ron Avery.
No services are scheduled at this time. A celebration of life is planned for a later date this summer in which everyone will be invited to share memories of Dave.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to make a contribution to the restoration of Stannard Rock Lighthouse at stannardrock.org.
Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Kimar family where memories of Dave may be shared at canalefuneral.com.
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