Philip H. Zimmerman
1936 - 2021
Walker Funeral Home
14 High St
Greenfield, MA
Philip H. Zimmerman

LEYDEN, MA — Philip H. Zimmerman, 85, of Leyden passed away on September 15, 2021 at home with his wife at his side after a short illness. He was born in Greenfield, MA on March 29, 1936 to Marion (Miner) & Casper Zimmerman. He moved to Leyden when he was a week old and remained a resident of Leyden the rest of his life. Phil attended Leyden Center School and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1953. He met the love of his life, the former Ann Paulin, at the square dances at the town hall in Leyden. They were married on January 7, 1956 at St. Anne's Church in Turners Falls, MA and had 65 loving years together.

Phil worked with his father on the dairy farm that his parents owned until the spring of 1969. He then worked as a carpenter and painter, going on to work at Northfield Sand & Gravel and A.R. Sandri as a truck driver. In 1972 he started his own livestock trucking business and was joined by his younger brother and his 2 sons and with them ran the business for 40 years. He retired in 2012. From 1997 until spring of this year, Phil and Ann wintered in Mulberry FL where they made many new friends.

Phil took up the game of golf and won 2 league championships. This was quite an accomplishment for a man who had never played golf until he was 61 years of age. During his time in FL he was a member of the Board of Directors for 3 years in the park they lived at, Lake Pointe Village. While in FL he loved sitting out on their carport and visiting with friends from the park. In his younger years he enjoyed snowmobiling and was a member of the Leyden Ridge Runners snowmobile club. He and Ann purchased a pickup and 5th Wheel Camper and for a good many years enjoyed traveling back and forth to FL and sightseeing along the way. Phil was a long time member of the Greenfield Moose Club and Greenfield Elks Club.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; his children: Terry (Jim) Rae and Bruce (Andrea) Zimmerman: his grandchildren: Sarah (Steve) Fisher, Jim (Ashli) Rae Jr., Billy Zimmerman Jr. and his partner Taryn Crisafulli: two great-granddaughters;:Ivy and Sawyer Rae who both had a very special place in his heart; his brother, Paul (Sally) Zimmerman and many nieces and nephews. Phil was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Elaine Kimball and his son, Bill Zimmerman Sr.

Phil's family would like to thank his caregivers Michele Peila, Bonnie Rae, and Bev Foley, the girls from Guardian Angels, the staff at Charlene Manor and the nurses of Hospice of Franklin County for their excellent care given to him during his illness.

Funeral services for Phil will be on Saturday (9/25/2021) at 11:00 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield, with Rev. David Neil officiating. There will be an hour of visitation preceding the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at South Cemetery in Leyden. In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made in Phil's name to Guardian Angels Concierge Services, LLC, 156 Colrain Stage Road, Colrain, MA 01340.
Published by The Recorder on Sep. 21, 2021.
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Ann I am sorry for your loss
Sandra Paulin
September 25, 2021
My condolences to you Ann and your family. It was a pleasure to know Phil and his sense of humor. We had so many great times at the Moose Club with Norm and Lois and Jay and Ed. Know that my thoughts are with you at this time.
Donna Renfrew Fraser
September 23, 2021
Ann and family..So sorry to hear about Phil's passing. I've lived in FL since 2002 and have many memories of living in Leyden with Patrick Mulligan and being Your neighbors! Our thoughts and prayers are with you your family and Leyden community.
Laurie A Mackie
September 23, 2021
Berkshire Insurance Group
September 22, 2021
Sincere sympathy to Ann and the rest of the Zimmerman family. We have many fond memories of Phil. So many many years of knowing a fine man. From coworker at Northfield Sand and Gravel to friend. May he rest in peace and the family take comfort in knowing he lived a full life full of family love. Fred and Andrea Chase
Fred and Andrea Chase
September 22, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Zimmerman´s passing. My thoughts are with his family.
September 21, 2021
Where to begin, a friendship that has lasted over 20 years! We will never forget all the great times and many wonderful memories! There were our two trips out west: one going the north route and the other trip going the south route. The Alaska cruise which brings to mind: planes, trains and automobiles! We took a limo to the airport, a plane to the train and then the cruise. What a trip! And I would be remiss if we forgot to mention our 4 o´clock toddies with lots of eating, drinking and most of all laughing! You and Ann were the greatest travel couple and our best friends. You will be missed more then we can express. We are very sorry! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ann and her family.
Russ and Connie Hicks
September 21, 2021
Phil, a wonderful man and at times was like a father to me as well Son's are like brothers. Prayers to all.
Rick Strong
September 21, 2021
Ann, My prayers go out to you and your family.
Judith Baker
September 20, 2021
So very sorry! Phil was an awesome man! I loved his sense of humor. He was always one to stir to pot and make everyone laugh. I will miss him!
Anne Hicks
September 19, 2021
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