Richard Zimmer, Jr., 67, of 53 Parkview Rd., Wallingford, formerly of Marion Dr., North Haven, beloved and dear, loving husband and friend of Beverly Pantalone Zimmer, died April 3, 2006 with his family beside him. Born in Meriden August 2, 1938, the son of the late Richard Zimmer Sr. and Amelia Louis Zimmer. Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Steven Zimmer of Moodus and Richard (Ida) Zimmer, and one grandchild, Joshua Lyons of Southington, his sister Cindi (Paul) Gagliardi and brother Les (Sharon) Zimmer both of Southington, cousin Mary Lou Patterson of New Port Richey, FL, sister-in-law Diane Zimmer of Meriden, and much loved nieces and nephews. Also survived by three step-children, Richard (Randy) Parks of Cromwell and their son Ross, and Dawn (Rob) Upright of No. Grafton, MA and their son Nicholas and Gaelle Parks of Milford. He was predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Robert Zimmner and an aunt, Lucille Bini. A future private family service will be held to celebrate the life of this quiet, gentle, kind soul. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden in care of arrangments. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rich's name can be made out to the Fidelco Guide Dogs Foundation, 103 Old Iron Ore Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002, www.fidelco.org.

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  1. Compassionate, gentle, loving, devoted and kind . . these are all emotions that I would use to describe Rich. When he and my Mom were married I was already out of the house so I didn’t experience Rich as a step-dad. What I truly loved about Rich was how much he sincerely loved, with no hesitation, my Mom. The two of them were able to experience a connection that very few of us are able to accomplish. Even after 25 years, just walking into a room was enough to make either of them smile. For that and so much more, Rich, I will be forever thankful. You will be missed and forever loved.

  2. Dear Bev, I am so sorry for your Loss. Rich was a wonderfully kind and gentle person and his presence on this earth will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Eudora

  3. Dear Beverly, I was at work I was looking for your address, I saw this beautiful memorial on your husband Richard. I am so happy to be able to write you this you are in our thoughts and we pray for you and your family. If you ever need anything call us. God Bless and may Richard rest in peace. Love Jose & Cheryl Salazar & Family.

  4. Dear Beverly, So sorry to hear of your loss. I am one of the walkers and always remember your husband coming home from work in his ADT truck. I am sure you will miss him very much, but have wonderful memories of your years together. Our thoughts are with you and your family, Gina and Jim Wells

  5. I cannot express how grateful I am that Rich was a part of my life. I am so proud that he was my stepfather. I feel it was truly a blessing that he and my mother found each other in life. Just a short time ago, as an adult, I was fortunate enough to live with Rich and my mother for a few years. During this time, I was able to witness their true companionship, love and tenderness with each other. It was so inspirational to me. I miss his gentle and kind soul tremendously. I struggle now with the selfish sadness of missing him for both, myself, and as the perfect mate for my mother. I can only seem to overcome my immense sadness when I think of how peaceful he is and how much he deserved to be at peace. I will always love him very much. Gaelle

  6. My deepest sympathies to the entire Zimmer family on the loss of Uncle Richie. I have memories of going to his house in N. Haven where Kevin and I would play pool. One of my favorite memories was fishing for flat fish in Quincy Bay, Mass. with Dad, Uncle Bob and Uncle Rich — .Moosaki!!. He is loved very much and will be missed by all of us.

  7. My deepest sympathy to cousins, Ricky, Steve and loved ones. I am very saddened to hear about the passing of your father, my Uncle Rich.I will always have fond memories of our times together fishing at .Hamburg Hill., hiking, driving lessons, pitching dimes at Lake Compounds…… just to name a few. I celebrate the times I had with Uncle Rich and pray that he has passed on to a wonderful place filled with love, happiness and peace. May God rest his soul and comfort everyone who grieves this loss with wonderful memories and thoughts of this kind,loving man. He will always have a special place in my heart. Forever and always….. Sincerely, Rudy M. Horvath

  8. Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. we are so very sorry about your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you les,cindi and richards family.

  10. We were sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. We were praying for his recovery and hoping he could recover his health and enjoy his new home. You have our sympathy during this sad time. Dick Parks and Elizabeth Smith

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