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Douglas H. Zima, 68

May 30, 2020

Douglas H. Zima passed suddenly on May 30, 2020 doing what he loved, caring for others as a paramedic. He was a loving father and husband, and a loyal friend. He will be missed by all of those whose life he touched in his 68 years.

Doug was a paramedic for 26 years, serving communities throughout Lancaster County. Doug taught for 16 years at Lancaster Catholic High School and continued to teach adult education as an EMT, CPR, and Medical Instructor until his passing.

He was a life long Boy Scout, having served in the Lancaster area since his youth and as the health officer at Camp Mack for several summers.

Doug led by example to always treat others with respect and kindness, living the ideals of the Masonic Order, of which he was a part of for the past 16 years. The world is a sadder place without him and his wisdom.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Tina Zima, and his daughter Allison, her husband Joel Noecker, extended family including siblings, a niece and two nephews, and the family he served with in EMS.

A Viewing will be held at Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Interment will follow at Conestoga Memorial Park, 95 2nd Lock Rd., Lancaster, PA 17603. Doug will be receiving Line of Duty Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the PA Dutch Council 524 at 630 Janet Ave., Suite B-114, Lancaster, PA 17601.

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June 26, 2020

Mr. Zima was my favorite teacher at LCHS. He is the reason I got into drafting/CAD and became a IA/ Tech Ed teacher. I will always remember his stories about “Fred”. I had the opportunity to email him and tell him how much he inspired me. 25 years later and 2 postgraduate degrees he is still one of my most influential teachers. His memory lives on in my classroom.
Jimmy Knapp

June 10, 2020

Tina and family:
So saddened to hear of Doug’s passing.  I was so glad to have gotten to see you the other month at LEMSA’s training night.  I will remember the old days of East Lampeter with Doug and my parents, and you at the old CHL.  Everyone will be in my prayers.  Sorry I couldn’t attend the services, I was working out in Blair Co. Ironically, about the same time that I was thinking of you and Doug, Bedford Co gave a last call for a fellow firefighter from Hyndman Pa 
Jackie (and Saxton Fire Co/EMS)

June 09, 2020

May our Lord Bless and comfort you And your family During this time of grief.
Please except my sincere condolences.
Julia Rodriguez CVS

June 07, 2020

Tina and family – I was shocked and saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I ran with him at NWALSU for many years and I always considered him a mentor and friend. He was a good man, and a great medic, and he will be sorely missed. Please except my deepest sympathies and most heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and you in this very difficult time. If there’s anything you need, don’t hesitate to reach out. 
ROXANNE K WOLGEMUTH

June 07, 2020

Tina and family – I’m writing on behalf of the Fire Department Mount Joy membership, offering our deepest sympathies and condolances. Doug was a great medic, and he will be missed by all who knew him. Chaplain Wolgemuth 

June 06, 2020

I was saddened to read of Doug’s passing.  He was always a good friend and even though we haven’t seen each other often lately, Iwill miss him.
Hosty

June 05, 2020

Tina, 
Doug was one of a kind. He was one of the most passionate and compassionate caregivers I had the privilege of knowing, and he was truly your soul-mate.  He will be missed and remembered by many.
Trudie Ellenberger
 

June 05, 2020

Tina and Allison, I am sorry for your loss. Doug lived a life of service as a teacher, medic and scout leader and touched countless lives.  He will be missed. 
Mike Flynn

June 04, 2020

Our condolences & heartfelt sympathy to Tina & Alison. So sorry to hear that Doug has died, too young. He died doing what he loved, serving his fellow man.  Tina, I know he was the love of your life and my thoughts & prayers are with you. Take care, Sue and Jay Hynicker

June 04, 2020

 
   Tina,
   I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband. My condolences to you and his family.
   Nancy Garber
 

June 04, 2020

Sorry for your loss Tina. He was a great guy. He had the best stories. Our thoughts are with him, you, and his family. 
AJ Himmelsbach, CRNP

June 03, 2020

So sorry to hear about Doug..I am a retired Paramedic, I worked with Doug years ago at NWEMS.  Tina and family you have my deepest sympathy…may God comfort you all in your time of loss !  
Marilyn James

June 03, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
Allison harsh-padgett

June 03, 2020

Tina ,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Doug will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences,
Allen and Donna
Primo Hoagies 

June 03, 2020

I remember “The Captain” fondly from my wonderful 8 years of teaching and coaching at LCHS.  mI am sorry to hear of his passing and I wish his soul eternal peace with our loving God and Savior and his family peace in their hearts at this time of their sorrow.  For Doug, life  is NOT ended, it is only CHANGED.
Joe Bering, Jr.

June 03, 2020

Dear Allison and Family,
Although I have not seen Doug in 40 years or so, I remember him fondly as a fellow Camp Mack Staff member and Order of the Arrow brother. We spent countless hours together doing what he dedicated his life to … serving others. He has, indeed, earned his eternal reward. May you all find peace in your loss.
Sincerely,
Dan Dillard

June 03, 2020

Dear Allison and Zima Family,
I worked with the “Captian” as he was affectionally known by those who loved him at Lancaster Catholic High. We taught right across the hall from each other. For years Doug would pick me up for school so my wife could take our car to work. Doug was always there for LCHS at all and any events. I especially remember his unique RUM BALL holiday treats when he came to my classroom door at Christmas time. Your family will be in my prayers each time I am asking God to give a special hug to those that have been a part of my life experience. God Bless 
Stephen Ihnat

June 03, 2020

Tina, I am so sorry to hear about Doug.Please know I am thinking of you and sending prayers.
Brenda Busansky

June 03, 2020

I have very fond graetful memories of all the MANY “projects” “Zima” (as my dad always lovingly liked to call him) helped me with at “Grandma’s” House over the years and the trips to help cousin Carolyn in NJ. Doug took me out for my first Driving lesson the very day I finally had my permit… Unbeknown to Doug, much to the displeasure of my Dad, who had already told me no, and to wait until the next day when He would take me… ooops! Always wanting to help and lend a hand, Doug came right over when I asked him to take me. He took me out in his 1966? I’m going to say? green VW bug. What a clutch to take your first lesson on!! He was a Good guy who always meant well and just wanted to help! “Good Morning!” and sleep well! Love you so Schweetie! Uncle Alan 

June 03, 2020

It saddens me to learn of Doug’s passing. Although we lost touch over the years, I have great memories of our time, working together, at Camp Chiquetan and Camp Mack. We also had classes, together, at Millersville. Doug was always one of the good guys. Rest In Peace, Old Friend. 
Gregory Overmeyer

June 03, 2020

An awesome friend , teacher,mentor and most importantly my biggest influence to keep on going.RIP we’ll take it from here
Owen Richards

June 03, 2020

Tina,
I am sorry for your loss.  I will be praying for you.
Love
Lynette Corrie

June 03, 2020

My Sincere Condolences to you and your family Tina. May God Bless You All In Your Time of Sorrow. 
Sincerely,
Carol O’Donnell

June 02, 2020

You will be missed dear friend.
Andy and Claire Rennie

June 02, 2020

Tina & Family, 
Just sending thoughts and prayers from all of us in Baltimore, MD.
Both of you will be missed at class.  We will cherish our memories of Doug!!
Our deepest condolences,
Crista, Bill & Danette

June 02, 2020

With deepest sympathy to family, friends and the EMS community in Lancaster County.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Don DeReamus, EMT-P, TEMS
Suburban EMS

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Saturday, June 06, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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Lititz, PA 17543
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