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Obituary for Hugh Edward Zimmerman

Hugh Edward  Zimmerman
Passed away peacefully on January 11, 2015. Predeceased by Mora (née Campbell), his lifetime love, companion and wife of over 60 years, and by his elder sister Barbara Jamieson (and her husband George) and elder brothers Bill Zimmerman and Richard Zimmerman. Survived by his very “Dear” sister Alison Taylor and her husband Bruce, his sisters-in-law Nancy (Westwood) and Nancy (Bunting) and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Margaret and John Bahen. Beloved father (and father-in-law) of Cathie Simmie (Grant), Alec (Susan Gillespie), Bob (Margo), Gordon (Leisa) and Pamela Maclellan; and adored grandfather of Anne Marie (Matt), Heather (Dave), Laura (Mike), John (Kathleen), Tory (Jamie), Stephanie (Alex), Gillian (Greg), Derrick (Sophie), Scott, Autumn and Jason, and great-grandfather of Joshua, Elizabeth, Emmett and Sophie.
Born in 1929, Hugh attended University of Toronto Schools, Victoria College and Osgoode Hall Law School, and with his brothers Bill and Richard, joined his father William Zimmerman in the practice of law. After more than 20 years’ experience in private practice, latterly as a Queen’s Counsel, Hugh was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court of Ontario, eventually serving as the Senior Provincial Court Judge in York Region, based in Newmarket. He was known for his unfailing courtesy towards, patience with and respect for all those who appeared before him, and for his strong moral compass. These characteristics were the outward manifestations of the Masonic principles by which he lived his life, notably morality, equality, and justness and uprightness of life and action. Hugh also found time to contribute to the community, including as one of the founding directors of the Lawrence Park Athletic Association, as a member and later President of the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto, as President of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Toronto, and as a founding director and long-serving member of the Board of North Toronto Memorial Arena. He was happiest at his cottage in Muskoka, surrounded by his family, sailing his Albacore, honing his carpentry skills, and playing Hearts long into the evening.
The family wishes to express their thanks and pay special tribute to Cherry Lindongan and Susan Lidab, as well as the caregivers and management staff of Direct Support, for the exceptional care that they provided to Hugh over the past several years.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, on Friday, January 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A service in celebration of Hugh’s life will be held on Saturday, January 17th at 12:00 noon, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Hugh’s life are invited to make a donation to the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation, or to the Zimmerman - Scott Bursary benefitting impecunious students wishing to attend Victoria University of the University of Toronto (link at http://www.vicu.utoronto.ca/alumni).


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