Robert J. Zimmerman, Sr., 86, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Brookfield and Hubbard, passed away in Venice, Fla., on Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2017).
Bob was born on Jan. 23, 1931, in Brookfield to Adam and Barbara "Bertha" (Hausladen) Zimmerman.
Bob raised his family in Hubbard until he retired from Wean United Engineering after which he settled in the warmth of Sarasota.
Music was Bob's true love and passion in life. A talented saxophone player, Bob and his brother had a band called The Ohioans. He was part of the group The Noblemen and Sophisticated Swingas as well. While in Florida, he started the Bob Zimmerman Orchestra and was the conductor and leader of the band. He also directed the Shriner's band in Sarasota.
When Bob wasn't creating beautiful music, he was always working on a project. Nothing too small, mostly building cars or some sort of remodeling to his home.
Bob is survived by: his children, Beverly (William) Esmond, Maxine Zimmerman and Robert J. Zimmerman, Jr.; his step-son, Bill Speer; his significant other, Marian Buckman; his grandchildren, Melissa (Randy) Viconovic, Sarah (Jason Haden) Esmond and William Esmond Jr.; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Barbara (Donald) Meszaros; as well as his nieces and nephews, Barbara Toot, Rick Zimmerman, Kimberly Breslow, Jason, Jon and Tim Meszaros, and Cara Miller.
Bob was preceded in death by: his parents, his first wife, Norma Jean; his second wife, Dorothy; and his brother, Richard Zimmerman.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Robert J., Sr., 86, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Brookfield and Hubbard.
Calling hours: 10 a.m. until time of service Friday (10-20-17) in LANE FUNERAL HOMES, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield. Visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to leave condolences for the family.
Services: A celebration of Bob's Life will be noon Friday at the funeral home.
Published on October 14, 2017