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Stephen J. Zimmerman

April 11, 2017

Stephen I. ZimmermanStephen J. Zimmerman, 69, passed away at his home in Watertown on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown on Thursday, April 20, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Friday, April 21, at Holy Family Church with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial in Calvary Cemetery will be at the family's convenience.

Steve was born in Watertown on November 6, 1947, son of William T. and Alberta I. Sixbury Zimmerman. He was a 1965 graduate of Watertown High School and attended Jefferson Community College. Steve entered the US Army on September 7, 1967 and was honorably discharged from the reserves on August 7, 1973. He married Jane J. Leary on October 4, 1969 at Emmanuel Congregational Church and although the marriage ended in divorce, the two remained friends.

Steve served as Executive Vice President of Key Bank and then as Senior Vice President of Jefferson National Bank. He later worked for Prudential Insurance Company and most recently for North Country Consulting. Earlier in his career, he also served as an adjunct instructor at Jefferson Community College. Steve was Catholic and a member of Elks Lodge 496. Throughout his career, he was involved with many organizations including the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association, Black River Valley Club, United Way of Jefferson County, Ives Hill Country Club, and Italian American Civic Association.

Steve very much enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, especially at their sporting events. He enjoyed playing golf and took pride in helping with the annual DiStefano Memorial Golf Tournament. Steve was an avid Yankees and Syracuse fan, and he never missed an episode of The Young and The Restless. When not with his family or friends, Steve could usually be found in the comfort of his recliner while catching up on politics, or watching The Bachelor, The Voice, or Dancing with the Stars while enjoying many Klondike bars.

Steve is survived by his three children, Justin J. Zimmerman and wife, Joy W., Adams, Lauren S. Zimmerman, Webster, and Kristen J. Zimmerman, Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren, Quincey J., Jenna C., and Jayna H. Zimmerman; two brothers and their wives, William F. and Susan E. Zimmerman and Frederick C. and Lorraine J. Zimmerman, all of Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, William, September 14, 1996, mother, Alberta, December 15, 2013, and brother, William R., 1941.

Donations in his name may be made to the DiStefano Memorial Fund, 21913 Sunset Ridge, Watertown, NY 13601 or to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#21 Carl Lucas 2017-04-21 10:08
So sorry to hear this news; I just saw him. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
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#20 Dave Clark 2017-04-19 13:43
Fred & Bill
Words can not express my feelings. My condolences to you and all the Zimmerman family.
I always wished we could have all played golf together !
I will always remember the distance memories....
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#19 Rick Reed 2017-04-16 12:00
Steve was a great friend and Co worker. I am in lasvegas on vacation at this time and was so shocked and saddened to hear the news. I hope to get back in time for the calling hours if not I want to express my condolences to all Steve's family.

Steve and I had a lot of good times at most of all the local establishments. And many of times when I wasn't out somewhere with him I woke up late at night hearing this noise only to find Steve in my hot tub. He was a guy that always had something wise but likeable to say and laughed at his own jokes. He had a personality that separated him from others that was loved by so many people that got to know him.

He will always be remembered by the likeable guy that he was and will very much be missed. He often spoke of his children and parents it was obvious how important that they were in his life. May you rest in peace my friend .
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#18 Gail Gaffney Caulder 2017-04-15 22:13
To the Zimmerman Family..I am so sorry for your loss. I first met Steve in 1972 when i became an employee of National Bank of NNY. I was young and naive...not many women made it in the Banking Industry in those days. Steve encouraged me and helped me along the way. He was a gentleman and friend! God Bless and Peace..
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#17 bruce macdonald 2017-04-15 11:09
sorry to here of Steves passing
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#16 Karen Murdock 2017-04-14 12:02
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I can still remember him and my brother Gary Conley hanging out at BJ'S along with numerous friends to many to mention. Steve lived his life to the fullest and considered everyone his friend.
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#15 John Wade 2017-04-14 10:46
Steve and I started school together at Academy Street school and soon became good friends. After school we went in different directions but I always had great memories. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace my friend.
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#14 nancy kall 2017-04-14 09:33
Bill and Fred words can not express how sorry I am. A bright light as certainly gone out. I hope that soon your memories will bring a smile instead of a tear. Let this be a lesson to us all to appreciate each day God gives us. Hugs and prayers to you two as well as Steve's children.
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#13 Cindy Alton 2017-04-14 09:19
Fred and Bill, I was very sad to read about Steve. It seems like yesterday we were all watching him play Pony League baseball. My thought and prayers are with you.
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#12 JAMES ZEHR 2017-04-14 08:33
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