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Granville Trimper dies

Park founder’s grandson dies

Granville Daniel Trimper died on October 27, aged 79. He was the last remaining grandson of German immigrant Daniel Trimper, who in 1890 founded Windsor Resort/Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, Maryland.

Trimper’s Rides is now America’s longest continually owned and operated amusement park. Granville had served as both the company’s manager and CEO.
This past summer, on behalf of the state of Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley recognised his lifetime of community service and personally issued an official proclamation to Granville for his endless efforts in providing amusement and diversion for generations of Marylanders.

Remembering his father, Douglas Trimper recalls that, “At age 12, Junior, as dad was called, became the youngest person in the history of the planet to own and operate a Ferris Wheel. Over the years, our work has changed, but the one constant over four generations has been the Ferris Wheel. His father had set up and torn down one before him; Junior did it for 35 years, I had a 25-year run, and now my sons have taken on the job.”
“Even this past year, he came around on his scooter, just to make sure that we knew that we weren’t doing it quite right. Over the last 40 years, it took my dad, a tough man with a child’s spirit, to sustain Trimper’s Rides. It was all he ever wanted to do.”

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