Useppa Says Goodbye

June 3, 2020
Until We Meet Again - Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin - One week ago an era ended. Two of the Island’s dearest residents Tim and Judith Sear moved to the mainland. Part of Useppa life since the mid 1980s, their departure was acknowledged by a sunset neighborly serenade and morning employee leave-taking applause. Judith and Tim found Useppa on a visit to Sanibel and Captiva. They started coming for vacations when their four children were young. Adam, Jason, Kate, and Daniel grew into young adults, became parents and visited with their own families. Over the years Judith and Tim moved from one home to another all the while supporting their Useppa family financially and personally. After Hurricanes Charlie and Irma, they led Member and Homeowner support of fund raising to help Island employees. They recently helped them again in the Useppa Property Owner’s Association COVID-19 response. They have supported the Island Fire Department, the Useppa Historical Society, Pine Island’s Randell Research Center and Beacon of Hope. Tim was an early member of the weekly discussion group PIGGS (Previously Important Geriatric Gentlemen). They were early members of Bookcombers, Useppa’s book club and loyal volunteers at sailing events. Judith is one of the founders of the Useppa Paradise Partnership and one of the hardest workers in that and the Butterfly Garden. She is Copy Editor and Common Sense Advisor of the Useppa Chronicle. Tim’s valiant Alzheimer’s struggle, Judith and family by his side, the help and support of the Useppa community whenever and however needed has been a lesson to all of us in courage and humility. Being their friend is a privilege.