MARIAN JOHN ZEMSTA Sadly, after a short battle with cancer, our dad, Marian John Zemsta, passed away on July 16, 2012 in his 84th year. He is predeceased by his wife Jean Mary Zemsta. He was much loved by his children Mary Alice, John Michael, Dianne and Christine (Dan) and beloved by his grandchildren Tara (Tim), Emily and Nikki. He was also anticipating the arrival of his first great-grandchild, Ava, who will learn of his legacy through many family and friends. He attended St. Michael's College School and then worked at Eastern Steel in the Accounting Department. He married mom in 1950 and shortly after joined the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force. Dad loved being a police officer. Whether he was walking the beat, riding his motorcycle or working cases as a detective, he loved every aspect of the job. He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and was a Third Degree Knight. After 37 years on the force, Sergeant Zemsta retired in 1989 and moved to St. Catharines where he spent his free time at his favourite watering hole, Tim Hortons. He enjoyed his grandchildren and his special buddies, "Bogie" and "Oliver". The family would like to thank Dr. Waler for his care and compassion through Dad's illness and to the nurses on 6 West at St. Catharines General Hospital, especially Stephanie and Janet as well as the nurses Anne, Andrea, Sandra and Cathy on the Palliative Care Unit of the St. Catharines General Hospital who helped him pass peacefully and with dignity. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Mr. Zemsta's family will receive visitors at the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines, on Thursday, July 26th from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Inurnment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
or the Palliative Care Unit at the St. Catharines General Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family.
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Published in the Toronto Star on July 20, 2012