Daniel Trimper III, who had retired as head of several Ocean City businesses, including the complex of rides at the lower end of the boardwalk that includes a turn-of-the-century carousel, died Monday of cancer at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 84.
Mr. Trimper also maintained a home in Ocean City, where his grandfather started the amusement business and his father was mayor.
Mr. Trimper retired nearly 10 years ago as president of Windsor Resorts Inc., the family business that operates the carousel and other rides, and as owner of the Trimper Marine Railway and a dredging business, both in West Ocean City.
In a 1968 interview, he referred to himself as "one of the few natives of Ocean City" and said the company would not consider selling the carousel or its animals "at any price."
Starting in the 1970s, the company did an extensive restoration of the carousel.
In the interview, Mr. Trimper said, "I used to jump on and grab one of the animals' wooden tails. It's a wonder they haven't broken off long ago, but none ever did." He also noted that he still liked to ride on the carousel.
Jack Bunting of Ocean City, considered the dean of the Mid-At
lantic headboat fishing fleet, said Mr. Trimper was "one of the finest people you could have as a friend."
Mr. Trimper graduated from Virginia Episcopal School and attended St. John's College in Annapolis. During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in New Guinea and the Philippines, commanding a unit that operated boat yards. His decorations included the Purple Heart.
In Ocean City, he was a founder of the Dunes Club and was a member of the Sinepuxent Post of the American Legion, the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club and the Vero Beach Yacht Club.
He was a member of St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City, where services were planned for 11 a.m. today.
He is survived by his wife, the former Joyce Foreacre; two sons, Daniel Trimper IV of Ocean City and Alexander Trimper of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a stepson, Richard McCleary of Princess Anne; three daughters, Letitia Trimper Hurst of Orlando, Fla., Antoinette Trimper of New York City and Wendy Trimper of Vero Beach; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Memorial Fund.