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John G. Zimmerman

John George Zimmerman, 84, of Beverly, MA, passed away, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in Beverly Hospital due to complications from pneumonia and COVID-19. Whether you called him John, Dad, Cousin, Uncle, or “Snappy,” everyone knew him to have a great smile and a super story to tell.

John was a larger than life personality, best known for his work as an award-winning Snap-On Tools Dealer, a business he and his wife Betty built and managed for over 40 years. He would often be found in the “great white truck” in the yard, putting inventory away or helping his favorite customers to pick out the right tool. John was a mentor and guide to many of the young people he met on his sales route during his time in business; he was an inspiration to many young Snap-On Tools dealers, and to his grandchildren in Templeton.

John was born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late George and Beatrice (Cote) Zimmerman and moved to Gardner when he was young. He spent his youth on Pine Street in Gardner, MA enjoying the close-knit community and the bustling downtown during the city’s peak furniture manufacturing days. John played piano and attended a year at Berklee College of Music in the late ‘50s, focusing on jazz. He was a United States Army Vietnam War Veteran serving from 1961 to1965 with the Field Artillery Division piloting tanks.

He moved to Templeton in 1965, where he lived until the passing of his wife. In his retirement years, he and Betty looked forward to alternating seasons spent in York, Maine, and Florida, and hardly left home without the beloved family Cairn Terrier, Sadie. He loved a healthy helping of linguini with clam sauce paired with a glass (or two) of Chianti. His preferred pastimes were watching golf, tennis, and his favorite NASCAR racers. John moved to Beverly, MA, in 2018, during which he enjoyed time spent with his youngest grandchildren, the North Shore offerings, new friends, and reading a good Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler novel.

He was predeceased by his wife of 55-years, Elizabeth (LaFrenier) Zimmerman, who died in 2018.

John leaves two children, Kristine Boudreau and her husband Marc, of Phillipston and Steven Zimmerman and his wife Larissa of Wenham; five grandchildren: Zachary Boudreau and wife Sarah, Justin Boudreau, Alexander, Julian, and Veronique Doronin-Zimmerman; a sister-in-law, Patricia Adams; two Goddaughters; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held and announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA, 01701. Please reference in memory of John G. Zimmerman.

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John was Snap On dealer in Winchendon, Ma. He was a very bright man with a sense of humor and fairness. I have not seen him in many years.

Jon Thompson Jul 30 2020 12:00 AM

John .....Mr. Z.....Started his snap on career the same time we started our Company..... Retired his Snap on company the Same year I retired our company........the 35 years were a constant learning session which I carry forward to those I meet and consult with....He lives large in my heart and mind......RIP my friend.
Charles R Pearson Jr.

Chuck Pearson May 18 2020 12:00 AM

John was my Snap-On dealer and a good friend. He was a great man who cared deeply for his customers and took a true interest in them and their families. My sincere prayers and sympathy to his friends and family my he Rest In Peace.

Dan Smith (United Auto Electric) May 18 2020 12:00 AM

When youre are a mechanic I cant explain the feelings you get knowing its the day Snap-on is coming. When you have the sickness of loving and buying tools it was always a pleasure seeing, talking and buying from your Dad John. I always looked forward to those days. Back in the day...if you bought enough your Dad would give you a tool and got us hooked. I swear I must have put you all through College single-handedly. You had two of the great ones. God Bless.

John Goguen May 9 2020 12:00 AM

Bob, dad was so proud to call you friend! Thank you!

Kris Apr 27 2020 12:00 AM

John was truly a fine and honorable man.We shared so many good times and helped each other through the rough ones and I will always be proud of calling him my friend,

Bob dombek Apr 24 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you! I'm sure the place was "hopping" when mom and dad were there! They always enjoyed visiting with you and Craig at the restaurant.

Kristine Apr 24 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you to you both! :)

Kristine Apr 24 2020 12:00 AM

Kristine, Steven and Families, Our deepest sympathy to all. Your Dad was a a fun-loving, kind man who had a great sense of humor and was blessed with the gift of gab. Please let the wonderful memories that you shared, sustain you during this time of sadness and throughout your lives. Your Mom and Dad are together again in heaven You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Betsy and John Dowling Apr 23 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for the kind words, Betsy and John. It is really nice to hear from you. Take care of yourselves.

Steve Zimmerman Apr 23 2020 12:00 AM

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