David George Zimmerman



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David George Zimmerman “Zip” Died February 12, 2024, after a long battle with cancer. Predeceased by brother, Timothy; parents, Beverly & Edmund. Survived by children, Matthew (Davi Bernstein), Cali (Andrea Pascual) & Timothy; their mother and his lifelong friend, Patricia (Farrell); brothers, Edmund, Daniel, Michael & John; sister, Mary K. (Peter) Minahan; nieces & nephews; and many loving friends, not least of which his brothers and sisters at the Rochester Police Department, where David spent most of his 32 years in law enforcement. In retirement, David’s enthusiasm for life was evident through his combined passions of kayaking, travel, and photography. He enjoyed sharing his talent with the community at local festivals & art shows, and through volunteer photography at Seneca Park Zoo. The Zimmerman family thanks the doctors and nurses at URMC’s Wilmot Cancer Institute for six years of care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wilmot Cancer Institute or Golisano Children’s Hospital. Friends may call Friday, February 16, 2024, from 4-7pm at Vay-Schleich and Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 17th at 9:30 AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. interment in White Haven Memorial Park.


  1. Fellow Officers of ARPALER on February 15, 2024 at 10:43 am

    The Association of Rochester Police and Area Law Enforcement Retirees (ARPALER) sends condolences and prayers to the family of Sgt. Zimmerman, and we salute him for his service to his community. Rest in peace Brother.

  2. Carl C Simms on February 15, 2024 at 11:49 am

    To the Zimmerman Family, I want to extend my sincere condolences for your loss. Dave was like a Brother to me, who was always there for me since college. We lived together on Terrace Pk. before and I must say we had a great time. I shall miss Dave, but I know he is not suffering any longer, and is looking down on us all. RIP my Brother. Much Love

  3. James Moynihan on February 15, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    Dear Zimmermans, Our deepest condolences and sympathies to all of you on the passing of David. David was the best of the best, bar none. Despite his being dealt a very bad hand aka the nasty cancer crud, David endured and prevailed as well as humanly possible. May the Good Lord welcome David into Paradise and grant him eternal peace and happiness. David ran a brilliant race while he walked among us here on Terra Firma. May his oldest brother Tim and his parents welcome him into eternal happiness with them in the Big Guy’s house upstairs. God bless David and all of you. I have known most of you since the late 1950s when many of you resided at 274 Terrace Park in the “old neighborhood.” Be there for each other in this most difficult of times. God bless all of you. Deepest sympathy James and Hiroko Moynihan

  4. Sharon Pilcher Castrichini on February 16, 2024 at 9:15 am

    My deepest sympathies to all the Zimmerman family. It’s been many years, but I hold many dear memories of you all. He was a wonderful man to all who knew him. His sense of humor unequalled. Even years after our lives went in different directions, his goodness echoed far and wide. Sending love and prayers for peace for you all.

  5. Lori on February 16, 2024 at 9:59 am

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Zip for years in the PD and then he took pictures of my grandchildren at a party at the zoo. It was nice to see him happy, enjoying life outside the PD. With Sympathy, Lori Baldwin (Retired)

  6. Tom Meehan on February 16, 2024 at 11:47 am

    To all the Zimmermans, Dave was a great person and a great police officer. We had many laughs and worked on many cases together. His family can be very proud of his service and his stellar reputation. No more suffering…. Rest in Peace Zip…

  7. John Conner on February 16, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    Dave will be missed by family and friends. I enjoyed working with him, for him and him for me. My condolences to the entire family and my friend Danny. RIP brother.

  8. Bill Bartell on February 16, 2024 at 12:52 pm


  9. Eric Larson on February 16, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    My condolences to the Zimmerman family and friends. Dave was a great guy, excellent police officer and he had a wonderful sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers for family. Rest in Peace Dave.

  10. Terry Tydings on February 16, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Dan and family I am very sorry to hear of Dave passing. I enjoyed working with him considered him a good friend. We have shared many similar health stories recently. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. John Brennan on February 16, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    Great friend, Emerald Society will miss you.

  12. Ed Giblin on February 16, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    With prayers of sympathy and consolation…

  13. mary gagliano on February 16, 2024 at 4:06 pm

    Patty and Family, Zipper was a good friend to all and I will remember his kind smile and sense of humor. The last time we saw Zip was at the clothesline arts fest. It was wonderful to see him interact with a couple of children who came up looking at his photos. He asked a little girl if she liked it and when she said yes, he took it off the wall and gave it to her. The look of surprise and appreciation on her face we will never forget. We miss you already and we love you forever, Zip. Rest in peace, dear friend. Ralph and Mary Gagliano

  14. Scott Enter on February 16, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    I wish the greatest sympathy and condolences to the Zimmerman family. I attended the Academy with Dave and appreciated his demeanor and humor. We also worked together training recruits in firearms for many years in the "catacombs". May he rest in painless peace.

  15. Michael Prince on February 16, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    Condolences to Dave’s family. I had a lot of fun working with him, especially during firearms training for the recruits. Prayers for his soul and for his family during this difficult time. May the peace of Jesus Christ surround all of you.

  16. Sr. Instructor Roy Adams on February 18, 2024 at 10:43 am

    I’m sorry to hear of Daves passing. Having worked with him for many years, I know he will be missed. Go with God Dave, your trials are over now.

  17. paul boccacino on February 18, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Dear Patty and all the wonderful family .. my deepest and heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers remain with you upon Dave’s passing. I counted it an honor and blessing to not only be brothers in the RPD and our Peer Support team, Code4Alpha, with Dave, but to be so proud to call him friend. My wife and I always looked forward to seeing and visiting with Dave while he had his photography booth set up at Spencerport Canal Days. God Bless you and Zip is resting in peace. paul boccacino

  18. Bob Johansson on February 18, 2024 at 3:08 pm

    I worked with Zip in the firearms task force. Every day was a great day with plenty of laughs. Definitely one of the good guys. Condolences to you all, his legacy will be remembered for a long. long time.

  19. AnnMarie Simmons on February 19, 2024 at 10:23 pm

    Rest in peace

  20. Robert on March 2, 2024 at 8:28 am

    Dave..zip…meet you in 1994 along with G.Weathers..that long hair, the beard and the converse….the real plain clothes look..you usually practice your spanish with me..will never forget those days , those buys, those busts..uncle dave is going to get so mad..that was the emergency code…take care mi amigo god bless you always…..hope to see you again….and i forgot….your old saying whem getting into the elevator at the psb..THEY CAN PUT A MAN ON THE MOON..BUT THEY CAN NOT BRING US 4 FLOORS UP……

  21. Frank Fedele on March 7, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    Dan, our deepest condolences to you and your Family on the loss of Dave. He was. a pleasure to work with. Dave and your Family will be in our prayers. Frank Fedele. (RPD)

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