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ROD ZIMMER

Born: Dec 19, 1942

Date of Passing: Jun 07, 2016

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ROD ZIMMER Retired Canadian Senator We are sad to inform that The Hon. Rodney Anthony Allan Zimmer passed away in Ottawa on June 7, 2016. Son of Joseph I. Zimmer, farm implement dealer and Josephine Reit, nurse, he was born in Kuroki, Saskatchewan, on December 19, 1942. He was educated by Benedictines at St. Peter's College in Muenster, Sask. While attending university he worked as an assistant to Saskatchewan's Welfare Minister Cy MacDonald. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1973. As a young man, he is remembered as a champion swimmer, diver and water skier. Rod Zimmer was a life-long Liberal and believed wholeheartedly in its values and philosophy. He became executive assistant to the Minister of National Defence, James Richardson. When Minister Richardson quit the cabinet in 1976, Mr. Zimmer became Vice President of Corporate Communications of Can West Capital Corporation. He later worked as director of marketing for the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation. For Mr. Zimmer, community service was a calling for he believed it was through engagement and participation we enriched and strengthened ourselves at all levels- individual, family and the larger society. He was highly active. He served as President of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as member of the Board of Directors. For the 1999 Pan Am Games held in Winnipeg, he served as Vice President of the Pan American Games Society. He was also Director of Project Management for the Canadian Sports Pool Corporation. He believed in the Liberal values that have served to inform our country and its society. Accordingly, he engaged himself with the Liberal party and its philosophy. In 2003, the party named him as Chair of Revenues. Based on outpourings on social media from those he met and interacted, there is many an example of mentorship, encouragement and assistance. Many a fond memory of kindness or consideration has been expressed. Needless to say, he moved effortlessly among the various communities and causes in the city. He has left behind for many, fond memories of kind considerations and gestures towards his friends and acquaintances. In 2005, Rod Zimmer was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Paul Martin in 2005. As Senator, he affirmed for himself what he had always thought about Canada. For Rod Zimmer, Canada was a richly endowed country and, that it had the capacity to ensure its citizens had access to economic opportunities and a better of quality of life. He served as member of Senate Standing Committee for Aboriginal People. During this time, the committee undertook significant work among others related to economic development, education and housing. He resigned from the Senate in 2013 because of ill health. Rod's advice and work was appreciated and recognized. He was named lead director of the Magna Corporation International development. Mr. Zimmer was a recipient of the Canada 125 and the Queen's Golden Jubilee medals. He is survived by his wife Maygan Sensenberger; and by his older brother, Wayne. A national memorial service will be held at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, on June 23, 2016 starting at 10:00 a.m.The funeral Mass in the presences of his ashes will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in Saskatoon on June 25, 2016. In lieu of floral tributes, donations in his memory may be made to St. Peter's College in Muenster, Saskatchewan.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 18, 2016

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Wayne: My condolence on the passing of your brother. I have so many fond memories of Rod. His commitment to the community, his support of the Liberal party, his loyalty to his friends, and his twisted sense of humour were all an integral part of his character. We all enjoyed his company and his endless stock of stories. Rest in peace Rod. Your work is done here but I'm sure there may be a need for a fundraiser or two wherever you are. We will all miss you! Neil - Posted by: Neil McDonald (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2016

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