Beacon Obituaries

John Raymond Jr. (1940-2018)

John Raymond Jr., 77, of White Plains, and formerly of Beacon, where he served on the school board, died Jan. 26, 2018, at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville.

John was born Oct. 10, 1940, in Staten Island and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated in 1965 with a degree in electrical engineering. In 1970 he married Gloria Elisa Cadogan.

He started his professional career at IBM and later held sales roles in the computer and information services industries. He was passionate about education and empowering young people of color.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Jason Raymond and Kareem Raymond.

A wake will be held at the Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, 2 Maple Ave., in White Plains on Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the Bethel Baptist Church, 1 Fisher Court, in White Plains on Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. with a viewing to start at 10 a.m.

Al Zimmerman (1932-2018)

Allen Zimmerman, 85, died Jan. 21, 2018, at his home in Beacon, with his family by his side.

He was born July 7, 1932, in Boston, the son of David and Jenny Zimmerman.

Never afraid to try something new, he was very knowledgeable and wore many hats at businesses he owned (restaurants, bars, teen centers, landscaping, among others). After settling down, he was head of maintenance at Temple Beth-El in New Rochelle for more than 30 years before retiring to Beacon, where he made many new friends. He was engaged to marry Joanne Sabatini.

Al was an avid golfer and played three days a week right up to the warm days in December. He was an animal lover and his four-legged friends knew he always had dog biscuits for them.

Besides his fiancée and her three children and seven grandchildren, Al is survived by his daughter Diana Costa (Rich) of Maine; his sons, Glenn Zimmerman and Richard Zimmerman (Lorinda) of Florida; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a sister, Doris Allegrini (Ted) of Connecticut, and his best friend and golf buddy Donnie Ager of Hopewell.

As per Al’s longtime wishes there will be no calling hours, but a memorial gathering will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to an animal shelter or the American Cancer Society (

Information provided by Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, White Plains, and Libby Funeral Home, Beacon

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