Challenge of fishing lured stockbroker [Orlando Sentinel]


<!– end javascript to email the article

–>


By Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel

McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Jan. 01–Niles Jester was a stockbroker in Orlando for more than half a century, serving multiple generations of families who trusted him to manage their nest eggs so they could send their children to college and retire comfortably.

“Daddy was just an honest man,” said his youngest daughter, Sally Jester-Caradona of Chesapeake, Va. “He was not just a stockbroker to his clients. He really cared about the people he helped over the years. He loved helping them.”

Jester died Friday at Orlando Regional Medical Center after a short illness. He was 85.

The only people who trusted him more than his clients at the brokerage firm were his son and his five daughters. He patiently taught each of them to water ski on Central Florida’s lakes and reel in salt-water fish from the ocean.

“All of us have a lifetime love of water because of Daddy,” Jester-Caradona said.

Born May 20, 1927, in West Palm Beach, Jester grew up in Tampa, where he was an Eagle Scout and met Bebe, his wife of 64 years. He enlisted in the military after high school and served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan.

In 1948, he returned from service and married Bebe who worked to put him through the University of Florida.

He graduated with an accounting degree and they moved to Orlando to embark on a career as a stockbroker with Thompson and McKinnon Securities, where his father, Dewitt Jester, had worked. His early duties included reading the Wall Street ticker and copying stock prices on a chalk board.

The company would change names several times during his 57-year career.

Thompson and McKinnon became Prudential. Then Wachovia. Then Wells Fargo.

But Jester was a constant for his clients until he retired in 2009.

The knowledgeable and well-regarded stockbroker also served on occasions as a resource for Orlando Sentinel reporters who wrote about investing or who needed answers to reader questions for a column titled, “Your Money.”

Tall and lean, Jester enjoyed racquetball, volleyball and water-skiing, but fishing hooked him.

“I think he liked the challenge,” Jester-Caradona said.

While her father occasionally caught swordfish and tarpon off the Florida Keys, he released the sport fish rather than keep them as wall trophies. She said he implored his children to be patient when fish weren’t biting or if one wriggled away.

A favorite saying of his was: “The fish have to win sometimes.”

He served as best man at the wedding of his son, Niles Jr. of Orlando. His son described him in a Facebook posting as “The one person I always knew would help me without asking for anything in return [and would] give me honest advice and keep my best interest at heart.”

In addition to Jester-Caradona and his son, Jester also is survived by his wife and four other daughters: Susan Coleman, Ann Collins, Elizabeth Holley all of Orlando; and Jester-Caradona’s twin, Ellen Vorbeck of Denver; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services are 5 p.m. Friday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando. Arrangements were in care of the Harden Pauli Funeral Home in Eustis.

shudak@tribune.com or 407-650-6361

___

(c)2013 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)

Visit The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) at www.OrlandoSentinel.com

Distributed by MCT Information Services

<!–

Print

Email

–>

This entry was posted in Florida Keys Fishing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Recent Posts

  • Contact Us



  • Facebook page for the War Bird Sportfishing Charter Boat Twitter Account for Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Guide and Charter Boat Captain of the War Bird RSS Feed for Posts from Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Charters - the War Bird
    Google Plus

    To Book a Deep Sea
    Fishing Charter
    (305) 394-7420

    Florida Keys Fishing in Key Largo


  • To Book The War Bird
    (305) 394-7420


    KEY LARGO
    DEEP SEA FISHING
    • Sailfish
    • Dolphin - Mahi Mahi
    • Wahoo
    • King Mackerel
    • Tuna - Black Fin Tuna
    • Marlin
    KEYS REEF &
    WRECK FISHING

    • Yellowtail Snapper
    • Mutton Snapper
    • Cubera Snapper
    • Mangrove Snapper
    • Grouper
    • Kingfish - King Mackerel
    • Spanish and Cero Mackerel
    • Hogfish
    • Amberjack
    • Cobia
    • Baracuda

  • The Fish House
    Key Largo's Finest Seafood Restaurant
    102401 Overseas Hwy
    Key Largo, FL 33037
    305-451-4665

    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Dinner: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    No Reservations, just come on in!


  • Pages

  • Meta


  • Offshore Sportfishing in the Florida Keys

  • Tags


  • Facebook page for the War Bird Sportfishing Charter Boat Twitter Account for Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Guide and Charter Boat Captain of the War Bird RSS Feed for Posts from Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Charters - the War Bird

    To Book a Deep Sea
    Fishing Charter
    (305) 394-7420