Ocean City Today

Daniel Trimper IV

Sep 21, 2017


Printed 09/22/2017


Ocean City

Daniel Trimper IV passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

He was born in his grandparent’s home in Ocean City on July 19, 1933 to Carol Follett Bradley and Daniel Trimper III.

Dan was the namesake and descendant of the eldest son of Daniel Trimper, founder of Trimper Rides, in 1892. He was educated at St. Andrew’s School and Duke University, where he met his wife, the former Janet Halyburton. They were married in the Duke Chapel on June 7, 1955.

After returning to Ocean City in 1960, Mr. Trimper opened a real estate brokerage. In 1965, together with his partner and longtime friend, John S. Whaley, Dan built and sold Maryland’s first condominiums.

Grandson of four-term mayor and county commissioner Daniel Trimper Jr., Dan continued the family tradition by serving on the city council for eight years, including four as president.

In the 1970s Mr. Trimper developed Shantytown, a waterfront shopping village and marina, and Piney Island, a residential development. He was the first chairman of Atlantic National Bank.

Known for his characteristic wit, Dan believed in the joy and necessity of humor. He lived life enthusiastically and had many interests including fishing, tennis, skiing and playing the piano. He and his wife traveled extensively. He earned a pilot’s license in the mid-1960’s and enjoyed flying his two Cessna aircraft for many years. Dan once flew solo to California and back. After retirement, he and his family enjoyed living in Park City, Utah, Palm Desert, California and Florida part of each year.

Mr. Trimper is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet Halyburton Trimper; his daughter, Tracy Trimper Exarhakis; and his three sisters, Letitia Trimper Hurst, Amanda Savage Mahoney and Frederica Savage Shaw.

He was an adored grandfather to David W. Wehrs, Jr., Thomas Nicholas Exarhakis and Carolyn Anne Exarhakis. He also leaves nine nieces and nephews, three brothers-in-law and two sons-in-law. Preceding him in death in 1998 was his beloved daughter, Susan Trimper Landis.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin. To honor Dan’s memory, please consider a donation to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21802; St. Pauls-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 302 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City; or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3 Church Street, Berlin.

Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.


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