Obituary: Raymond “Bim” Jollymour
Longtime Claremonter, championship winning coach, athlete, traveler
Raymond “Bim” Jollymour died September 23 following a brief hospital stay. He was 85 years old.
“Bim” was born in San Rafael, California on April 22, 1937. His family moved to Claremont in 1949. He began golfing at the age of 12. He and his sister, Ruth Ann, would frequently golf at what is now Mountain Meadows Golf course in Pomona. He met his wife of 64 years, Marjery (McBurney) Jollymour, on the bus to elementary school in the sixth grade. They began dating their junior year at Claremont High School and married September 6, 1958.
The couple attended UCLA together, and following graduation returned to Claremont, where he began working for Kaiser Steel Corporation. Son Doug was born in 1960, and Chris soon followed in 1962.
He retired from Kaiser in 1972 and began a career in sporting good sales at the Sportsman in the Claremont Village. He retired from the Sportsman in 1999, and began his next career in coaching. He became assistant coach of the girls soccer team at Claremont High, helping them to win the CIF Division 1 championship in 1999, and to get to the runner up position in 2000.
In 2001 he began coaching the men’s golf team at Claremont McKenna College. In 2016, his team won the NCAA Division 3 National Championship and he was named Division 3 coach of the year. Following his retirement from the men’s team, he was asked to assist the women’s golf team at CMS, which he continued until the time of his death. A natural athlete, he competed in the Iron Man Triathlon in 1984 and danced well into the night following its completion. He also ran the Boston Marathon in 1996.
During their life together, the couple traveled to Greece, Austria and Hawaii.
He enjoyed rooting for UCLA, and also University of Oregon, where his son Doug was a kicker for the football team from 1979 to 1981. On game days, he proudly wore a UCLA sweatshirt with his Oregon Ducks hat.
He is survived by his beloved wife Marjery, of Claremont; and his sister Ruth Ann Jones, of San Rafael, California.
He was predeceased by his sons Doug (March 1, 1988), and Chris (June 29,1979).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bim Jollymour’s memory to The CMC golf program at cmc.edu/giving.