Frank Arthur Zimbelman, III (69), of Ormond Beach, Florida passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife on the morning of Monday, July 19, 2021, after a courageous five-year battle with cancer. Despite the toll the disease took on his body, he was resilient to the very end and never once complained or let his spirits drop – even though he had to give up his favorite drink (rum & coke). Frank was born on August 24, 1951, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Frank Arthur Zimbelman, II of New Orleans, Louisiana and Darlene Hargrove of Rosebud, Texas.
Frank was raised in New Orleans and spent lots of time with his grandmother, Isabel Smith, with whom he was very close. He attended Ben Franklin High School, and later The University of Texas at Austin, after which he worked as a control systems technician and engineer in the oil & power industry and lived all over the world – from a sailboat in Alaska to a villa in Sardinia. While on assignment in Kuwait in 1986, Frank met his soulmate, Beverley, whom he was married to for 33 years and lovingly referred to as “Tiger.”
A lifelong sports car fanatic, he owned Corvettes, Porsches, Jags, Triumphs, MGs, and Alfa Romeos. He was an avid dog lover, owning five English Springer Spaniels throughout his life: Annie, Missy, Raffles, Molly, and Bailey. Frank enjoyed long-distance running and cycling in his spare time. He was a devoted father and became a passionate soccer dad when his two sons began playing. His favorite activities included watching and supporting Liverpool FC with his son, Ryan, and attending the annual Turkey Rod Run at the Daytona Speedway with his son, Jack.
Frank is predeceased by his parents, Frank II and Darlene; his grandmother, Isabel; his stepmother, Karen; and his half-sister, Lorrie.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Beverley; his two sons, Ryan and Jack; his daughter, Jessica; his granddaughter, Audrey; and his siblings, Debra, Todd, and Jensen.
A Celebration of Life service for Frank will be held on Saturday, July 31st at 11am at Oasis Church (85 S Tymber Creek Road, Ormond Beach FL 32174). Dress is beachy casual – Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops encouraged. Light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.
85 S. Tymber Creek Road, Ormond Beach, FL 32174