Tony Zimmer
Crossed the Bar
July 26, 2015

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11/10/2021 - Obit sent in by John Whitehouse
Adolph Edward II “Tony,” retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, 66, Southmont, died July 26, 2015, in Johnstown . Born July 21, 1949, in Oklahoma City , Okla. , son of Adolph E. and Catherine (Dreyer) Zimmer. Preceded in death by parents and sisters, Ann and Elizabeth. Survived by his loving wife, Carla (Sinerchio); children, Lisa, Chicago; David, married to Kristina, Seattle; Erik, Seattle ; and Anthony, Philadelphia ; grandchildren, Edelyn and Edgerly, Seattle; and siblings, Mary Lezotte, Sara Grove, Ellen Zimmer, Christopher Zimmer, Molly Zimmer, Carolyn MacFarland, Jennifer Duval, Emily Pearson and Joy Small, and their spouses and children.
    Tony was a decorated Coast Guard helicopter pilot, including a Distinguished Flying Cross for his assistance in the rescue of 18 people in Cape May , N.J. He loved flying and watching his 6’5” frame fold into the cockpit was the subject of Coast Guard lore. As the son of an Air Force officer and aviator, his childhood was spent all over the country and the world from Texas to France to San Francisco.
    While at University of San Francisco , he met Carla, and the two married in 1974. She was the love of his life. In his words “She is just beautiful! She’s been stalwart and steady for 40 years of me dragging her all over the country. She’s been an absolutely perfect mother for our children. She is tiny, but her generosity is gigantic.” They were quite the pair, with their 19-inch height difference. Their Coast Guard life took them to California , Florida , Oregon , New Jersey , Alabama , Alaska , D.C. and Pennsylvania , where he retired after serving as a Coast Guard Liaison to the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) in Johnstown . He also spent time in Antarctica and Greenland . His trips to Antarctica were among his finest memories, getting up close with penguins and walruses while flying government scientists around on the ice for research.
     He retired from the Coast Guard in 2000 and has been involved with various businesses in Johnstown since that time as well as serving two years as a city manager in Sitka, Alaska.
    Tony was enormously proud of his children and delighted in spending time with his grandchildren. He was loved by many, cited as “an honorable professional, yet had a tremendous sense of humor.” A devout Catholic, he shared his faith through his involvement in Our Mother of Sorrows. He was an avid reader, and was always quick with a joke and thoughtful with words of wisdom. He will be missed by many, most of all his family.
    Friends and family will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Friends and family will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church for a funeral Mass to celebrate his life, with the Very Rev. Mark S. Begly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, in memory of A.E. “Tony” Zimmer II. Condolences may be sent through


Re: [Objee] Tony Zimmer...friend, shipmate, classmate
From:  Craig Coy
To:  Lisa Zimmer
Date:  07/27/15 6:45 PM

   I am so saddened to learn of your dad's passing.

   He and I flew together at North Bend OR. I'll never forget standing duty with Tony and your mother bringing a whole chocolate cheesecake to split!  And occasionally we'd get the full Italian pasta experience!  He was a great comrade and pilot.

  I'll also never forget the New Years Eve mission in 1977/78 to catch the biggest drug ring in OR. This cartel had bought a farm (which is now Bandon Dunes, a top 10 world class golf course) and small ocean freighter to smuggle Thai marihuana sticks. They had sailed from Asia to Bandon to offload their first shipment. Tony was copilot operating the Nite sun to illuminate the bad guys for the DEA to bust. Having a 6'4" 250lb copilot was very reassuring especially since they said the bad guys were shooting at the light!

   His humanity, sense of humor and humility were traits I admired.  He always thought of others and made everyone feel better about themselves.

   I'm sure you are a great example of Tony's character and love.

God bless you and your family.
Craig Coy


Re: [Objee] Tony Zimmer...friend, shipmate, classmate
From:  James McCarthy
To:  Lisa Zimmer
Date:  Jul 07/27/15 5:18 PM

  I only wish I could pass my condolences on to Tony's daughter.  As it happens, Tony and I were roomies during the first make in our swab year.  Tony didn't fair well with the academics as I remember and left the academy only to go on an finish college and then applies and enterer the Officer corps through OCS.  He graduated and went  on to become a super pilot. 

Lisa if this email should reach you, please know that Tony was a superior officer and great friend of ours and he will be missed. I feel a tremendous loss in that people I really knew well from sharing a room with him are now gone. 

Saddened and Grieved by your loss,
   James F. McCarthy
   Your Dad's first roomie at CGA in 1968.  (aka...Tiger)


Subj:  Tony Zimmer...friend, shipmate, classmate
From: Jimmy Ng
To:  Class of 1972
Date:  Jul 07/27/15 3:16 PM

   Tony Zimmer. A man, Officer, husband and father of  great integrity, humor and faithfulness.  I miss you my XO and friend...your love and dedication taught me much.