2008-07-17 / Obituaries

John E. Zimmermann II, 86

John E. "Ted" Zimmermann II, 86, died July 10, 2008 at Newport Hospital after a brief illness. He and his wife, the late Virginia Roberts Glendenning, to whom he was married for 58 years, were longtime residents of Jamestown.

Born and raised in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, he graduated from Chestnut Hill


He entered Williams College, but did not matriculate due to the oncoming World War II.

Following his marriage, he volunteered into the U.S. Naval Reserve where he served mostly in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in 1946 after three years of service.

His business career covered three different fields of endeavor. He first joined Strawbridge & Clothier in Philadelphia where he served for 10 years, leaving as housewares buyer for the main store and its multiple branches.

He served for 23 years as an account executive for Young & Rubicam, Inc. of New York City. At 58 years of age he opted for early retirement and moved permanently to Jamestown.

His final business career was in real estate. He first served with Carey, Richmond and Viking in Newport but later switched to Meredith and Clarke, Inc. in Jamestown. Upon his retirement from real estate, he did volunteer work at the Newport Hospital for seven years.

He is survived by two sons, John E. Zimmermann III of Philadelphia and Robert P. Zimmermann of Jamestown; a brother, Richard Zimmermann of Saunderstown and Mystic, Conn.; a sister, Maria Spears of California; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was a longtime member and past Commodore of the Conanicut Yacht Club. In addition, he was a past member of the Clambake Club as well as an active member of the Newport Reading Room and the Cottrell Pier Association. He was a contributing member of the Naval War College Foundation and the Newport Hospital Foundation.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Newport Hospital, 11 Friendship St., Newport, RI 02840, the Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840, the Jamestown Fire Dept., 50 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835 or the Jamestown EMS, PO Box 8, Jamestown, RI 02835. Arrangements are with Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, North Kingstown.

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