Alex Thomas Zimmer
1989 - 2016
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Alex Thomas Zimmer, 27, of Tolland, died Saturday, July 23, 2016, as a result of a heroin overdose after 2½ years of sobriety.

Alex was born June 30, 1989, in Hartford.

Alex is survived by his mother, Laura Rankin and her husband, Eric, of South Windsor; his father, John Zimmer and his longtime companion, Cindy Eastman, of Windsor Locks. He also leaves his four brothers, Andrew Zimmer, Brendan Zimmer and his wife, Alena, Mark Zimmer, and Connor Rankin; and his four sisters, Amber Rankin, Erica Rankin, Alexis Rankin, and Lauren Rankin. Alex was adored by his aunt, Linda LaVallee, of Enfield; his uncle, Todd LaVallee, of Suffield; his uncle, Charlie McCauley and his wife, Kristin, of Vernon; his nephew, Liam; and his newest treasure, his niece, Margeaux. He also leaves his two cousins, Grace LaVallee and Ashley McCauley.

Alex had been working very hard for the past 2½ years to get his life on track and overcome this terrible addiction. The family requests that everyone spread the word of this horrific epidemic taking our children. Please talk to your children repeatedly about the danger of drug addiction.

His family will receive friends on Thursday, July 28, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor. A prayer service will follow at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private at the request of his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Courage to Speak Foundation, 71 East Ave., Suite M., Norwalk, CT 06851.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jul. 26 to Jul. 30, 2016.
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July 29, 2016
To the Zimmer and Rankin families. I am sorry for your loss.
John MacNeil
July 28, 2016
Laura and family, I am so sorry about the passing of Alex. I know words seem so empty at a time like this. He fought a tough battle and had so much support from everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Aggie Schaschl
July 27, 2016
Laura & Family, Mark and Linda, my heart is saddened for your loss. Alex was a kind soul. No words can fill your sorrow but know that we are all here for you. Your memories will carry you forward. We pray for your family. Love Donna Zucchi
Donna Zucchi
July 27, 2016
So sorry about your son, Alex. This epidemic is too horrible for words. I understand your pain as my son, Timothy died from a heroin overdose in January. We are trying to speak out about this problem and have started a non profit called Today I Matter in order to reduce the shame and stigma about addictions. Thank you for speaking out to help break the silence and possibly help another family recognize the problem before it's too late. I am sure that your son was a good person and you were good parents. Thank you
John Lally
July 27, 2016
Laura, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May education and awareness spread around this epidemic and may sweet memories of your son keep near to your heart.
Melissa Peters
July 27, 2016
Laura and Family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Rob Skowyra
July 27, 2016
Dear Laura,Andrew,Brandon and Mark.
my heart is heavy, I wish there were words that would help with the pain of your lost, but I know there isn't any.
just know that a moment doesnt go by that I don't think of you guys
Denise miller
July 27, 2016
What heartbreaking news a beautiful person lost to in this horrible disease prayers and love to the family in this worst time of Sorrow
Lori McNiff
July 27, 2016
Dear Laura and Family - There is nothing I can say to ease your pain but please know that I love you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart aches for your loss. Love, Elaine
Elaine Scalia
July 26, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to the Rankin and Zimmer families. I have fond memories of Alex during his time at ECHS. My you be blessed with God's comfort and may he rest in peace.
Mary Ann Sprankle
July 26, 2016
Many Prayers for your Family. May God hold him in his arms and may he finally find Peace. So very sorry.
Lisa Bovee
July 26, 2016
Im sorry for the loss of Alex to the horrible disease of addiction. May you go on and be the voice that changes the perception of addiction. Its taking all our children. Your family will be in my prayers.
Becky Schaeffer
July 26, 2016
So terribly sorry. Sending prayers and a hug my friend Laura. I wish I had something comforting to say Laura. I'm woefully inadequate. Thinking of you.
Cindy Lee Lincoln
July 26, 2016
My heart and prayers go out to the Zimmer and Rankin family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Rest in peace Alex.
Lisa Misante
July 26, 2016
Laura and Eric and family, we want to wish you our deepest sympathies and condolences for your Loss. Our Prayer are with you.
Bern and Jean.
Bernhard Konrad
July 26, 2016
Laura and Family - My heartfelt condolences for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Maggie Beblo
July 26, 2016
Laura and Family, My heart truly breaks for all of you. I am ever so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug Laura & Linda. You are so ever in my thoughts and prayers. Love yah, Sharon (Hart/Masters) Chadd in Indiana
Sharon Chadd
July 26, 2016
So sorry to hear this news, heartfelt condolences from Karen and myself.
Laurence Platman
July 26, 2016
To Laura and Family,Please accept my Sympathies and condolences at his very difficult time.
May God Bless you and comfort you in your hour of need.
Nigel Williams
July 26, 2016
Dearest Laura and family, We cannot imagine the sorrow and heart ache you must be experiencing. Please know our prayers and love are with you all. May the loving arms of our gentle God give you great strength and perseverance during this most difficult time. Carl & Becky, Moriah & Shauna
Maresh Family
July 26, 2016
Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
July 26, 2016
Laura and family - “May God bless you and be with you, even when the
darkness is overwhelming. Know that I am praying for all of you during
this difficult time.” Love you, Debbie
Deborah McDonald Torres
July 25, 2016
Laura, Mark, Brendan & Andrew,

My heart is breaking for all of you. I wish there were words I could think to say to take some of the pain away right now but I am afraid there are none. Please know that I am praying for all of you and I am here for you if I can help in any way.

In sympathy, friendship and love,

Karin Banks
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