are saddened to announce the death of
was born on October 28th, 1926 in the city of Tartu in the country of
Estonia prior to its occupation by the Soviet Union. He lived with his
parents and brother Heino in an eight-room house. The family operated a
thriving tailoring business in the city. He was also very close to
his grandmother, who lived a block and a half away. She regularly took
Ülo fishing while she watched and knitted. This would prove to be very
influential in his later life.
World War II, Estonia was repeatedly occupied by the Germans and Soviet
Russians. During the final occupation by the Soviets in 1940, Ülo was
captured and imprisoned. He later managed to escape and found his
way to what became the American Zone in post-war Germany. The family
reunited in this area until they were able to emigrate to the United
States under the Displaced Persons Program. Ülo recounted that “With the
Grace of God, on July 4, 1949, he was the first Displaced Person to
arrive in the United States in Miami, Florida.” When he would later
discuss this event, he would say “I arrived in the United States on July
4, 1949, and Americans have been celebrating ever since!”
Although schooled through European educational systems overseas, Ülo
continued his education and obtained a degree from the University of
Miami. He spent many years working for the Miami Herald newspaper before
joining Pan American World Airways, Inc., where he worked in the Data
Systems Management Department in various locations in the Northeast.
While at Pan Am, Ülo met his wife Juliet Awon and they moved to River
Edge, New Jersey, where they lived until Ülo’s retirement.
When moving back to Florida
from New Jersey, Ülo searched for a house that was near the water so he
could readily continue his love of fishing. That is how he ended up in
New Smyrna Beach. As many of you know, Ülo was always a consummate
fisherman who could never bear to purchase fish at retail because if was
never fresh enough.
survived by his wife Juliet Awon Uibopuu, children John Oliver Frederick
and Charlene Zimmermann; and grand-children, Ryan and Jason Zimmerman.
He was also the nephew-in-law of Dr.
Oliver C. Cox.
pray, dear Ülo, that you are with Our Lord, Jesus Christ.