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In loving memory of
Frank Arthur Zimbelman III
  • August 24, 1951
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  • July 19, 2021

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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.


Service

Location:
Oasis Church
85 S. Tymber Creek Road, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
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Date & Time:
July 31, 2021 at 11:00 AM


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  1. Ann from BFHS NOLA posted an image:
    14 Aug 2021
    Beverley and Frank at 2019 BFHS reunion in New Orleans.
    Beverley and Frank at 2019 BFHS reunion in New Orleans.

  2. Ann from BFHS NOLA says:
    02 Aug 2021
    I went to high school with Frank. I was glad to hear that he and Beverly went to our 50 years later reunion. I regret I was not there to share the joy and memories. A life well lived and well loved is the aspiration of the universe. My sympathy and condolences to all of us who are family or friends.

  3. Ann from BFHS NOLA says:
    02 Aug 2021
    Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music while the music lasts. These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses: and the rest is prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action. The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is incarnation.
    --T. S. Eliot, from "Dry Salvages" from Four Quartets

    “We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.”
    ― T. S. Eliot, from “Little Gidding” from Four Quartets

  4. Ann from BFHS NOLA lit a candle:
    02 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 2, 2021 at 8:13:09 PM

  5. Chris Hoffman lit a candle:
    31 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 31, 2021 at 7:02:10 PM

  6. Chris Hoffman says:
    31 Jul 2021
    I was fortunate enough to have shared seven years of my working life with Frank at FPL.
    He was always calm under pressure and a pleasure to speak with, he may have even had a story from time to time. :)

    I am disappointed that I am unable to be with you today on this day of farewell, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Frank, you will be missed but not forgotten.

    Celebrate this and every day.

    Your Friends,
    Chris and Dianna
    Hoffman

  7. Ben Gill says:
    31 Jul 2021
    Whether at home eating sausage rolls or at the pub ordering a Beck’s, Frank always fit right in watching Liverpool games with us. He really didn’t rate Sadio Mane for some reason, but he was always a joy to be around in the 15 years I’ve known him.

  8. Jerry & Annemarie Furphy & family posted an image:
    31 Jul 2021
    This photo is a bit unusual, but then, so was the way we first met. Our first meeting involved a car (no surprises there) and  a carefully calculated plan that went slightly awry.  We revisit that memory often and it never fails to fill our hearts with joy and laughter. When last we saw you, Frank, you were behind the wheel of your beautiful corvette. Your excitement for the journey ahead was evident in your smile. We couldn’t know that would be the last time we would see each other but, once again, you left us with a beautiful memory. We  are blessed to have been part of your journey and grateful for the precious moments we shared with our dear neighbor, friend and family.  May eternal joy be yours.
    This photo is a bit unusual, but then, so was the way we first met. Our first meeting involved a car (no surprises there) and a carefully calculated plan that went slightly awry. We revisit that memory often and it never fails to fill our hearts with joy and laughter. When last we saw you, Frank, you were behind the wheel of your beautiful corvette. Your excitement for the journey ahead was evident in your smile. We couldn’t know that would be the last time we would see each other but, once again, you left us with a beautiful memory. We are blessed to have been part of your journey and grateful for the precious moments we shared with our dear neighbor, friend and family. May eternal joy be yours.

  9. John Duddy says:
    30 Jul 2021
    I knew that Frank and I would be good friends from the moment we were introduced by my darling niece Beverley.
    His eyes were always included in his smile.
    Frank had little time for small talk or idle chatter. But we shared many enjoyable conversations.
    His was passionate about the important things is his life. The love of his life Beverley, his sons, his home, his work, and last but not least his cars
    Throughout our boyhood, my brother Reg and I, listened to our father recite to us the poem IF written by Rudyard Kipling - in the certain hope that we would live our lives by it’s splendid precepts.
    I can pay no finer tribute to Frank than to say :- Frank could have written that Poem.
    R I P Frank. Uncle John and Mandy with love xx

  10. John Duddy says:
    30 Jul 2021
    Frank will be greatly missed by all in the UK

  11. Laura-Grace and Mike Orfinger says:
    30 Jul 2021
    We will remember Frank in so many happy ways -- he always had a smile and a funny remark, and he loved his family so much. He was also very generous sharing his home repair skills. We always loved the way he called Beverly "Tiger".

    I hope memories of happier days will help all of you through this difficult time. Please know that we are here if you need anything at all.

  12. Sandra Gray posted an image:
    29 Jul 2021
    Jack's Birthday party
    Jack's Birthday party

  13. Sandra Gray posted an image:
    29 Jul 2021


  14. Sandra Gray posted an image:
    29 Jul 2021
    I met Bev ovrer 30 years ago while in Kuwait.  We are like sisters.   My famiy has shared birthday parties, cook-outs, Mardi Gras parades and many  more celebrations with Frank, Bev, Ryan & Jack.  The Zimbelmans are family!  As the photos I post will show, Frank was a devoted husband and father.  Pictures are worth a thousand words.  His glances at Bev confirm his love for her.  His patience and caring for his sons were remarkable.  His friendship was like no other.  He and my husband would talk endlessly about cars and fishing.  We were blessed to have him in our life.  RIP Frank, you will be missed.  I promise to take good care of Bev and the boys.
    I met Bev ovrer 30 years ago while in Kuwait. We are like sisters. My famiy has shared birthday parties, cook-outs, Mardi Gras parades and many more celebrations with Frank, Bev, Ryan & Jack. The Zimbelmans are family! As the photos I post will show, Frank was a devoted husband and father. Pictures are worth a thousand words. His glances at Bev confirm his love for her. His patience and caring for his sons were remarkable. His friendship was like no other. He and my husband would talk endlessly about cars and fishing. We were blessed to have him in our life. RIP Frank, you will be missed. I promise to take good care of Bev and the boys.

  15. Sandra Gray posted an image:
    29 Jul 2021
    Beverley and Frank celebrating New Years Eve at the Gray's
    Beverley and Frank celebrating New Years Eve at the Gray's

  16. Eileen Ingram lit a candle:
    24 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 24, 2021 at 7:44:56 PM

  17. Eileen Ingram lit a candle:
    24 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 24, 2021 at 7:44:23 PM

  18. Eileen Ingram says:
    24 Jul 2021
    Like my other namesake, I started working with Beverley and then met Frank, who always called me by my nickname…Lola. I would always tell Bevzie to give Frank a big wet kiss for me and I knew she would do it.
    When my husband Ed met Frank they became fast friends and would get together for breakfast or lunch every week, when no one was out of town.
    Frank was a special friend, he could solve any problem or answer any question and had the best smile…. we will never forget you.
    May you rest peacefully my friend, you paid your dues.

  19. Eileen Bryant says:
    22 Jul 2021
    I first met Bev, and then Frank 15 years ago, and we’ve been friends ever since. We’ve enjoyed a lot of fun social and family occasions with them, and loved the dynamic between Frank and his “Tiger”.
    Frank was a gentleman, and a gentle man. His humorous wisdom and infectious chuckle will live forever in our memories.
    R.I.P., Frank. We will miss you, Friend.

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