Sherry “Sher” Zimmer, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver Colorado on October 19, 2021, two days after her 76th birthday and after a fierce struggle with complications from pneumonia, a weakened heart, and lungs.
On October 17, 1945, Sher was born Cheryl Mary Raymond, at home in a small fishing village in Gloucester Massachusetts. In 1949, she was adopted by a loving couple – Jack and Florence Klemer – and spent her early years in Marblehead MA, only a few miles from her birthplace.
Sher’s childhood developed in her a strong work ethic and ambition to succeed. In 1968, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Psychology. She built and operated two clothing stores in New Hampshire. The stores, named Mr. Slacks, reflected the east coast’s conservative 60’s culture; However, Sher was not satisfied - she transformed them into stores that sold progressive, hip and stylish clothing to a younger demographic – and renamed them to Players. The stores’ popularity earned Sher and her husband Barry the money to diversify; In the 70’s they purchased cattle and real estate; In 1979 they built a restaurant-bar-discotheque on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder and named it “Le Parachute & The Monkey Bar”
In the 1980’s Sher escaped the chaos of restaurant ownership and opened two art/jewelry/clothing stores called Taos Designs with her close friend Audrey in Taos, New Mexico. Later, Sher moved to Denver and opened a clothing store called Country Traveler.
In the mid 1990’s, Sher became a real estate agent and it was a passion she held until her retirement in 2018. She loved working with people to help them find and purchase homes in the Denver area. In 2006 she was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.
Sher’s love for work was only surpassed by her love of family. She loved her adopted brothers Bruce and Rich. In 2011, her family grew when she discovered her biological siblings in Gloucester. Her two new brothers and sister welcomed Sher with open arms and it brought Sher a joy that she had not felt before.
Sher was the consummate adventurer. She loved sports, even from a young age; she loved the beach, to swim and to eat fried clams; she skydived twice; she traveled to Europe and Asia. She held a love for dogs, with special affection for Border Collies, which she raised for decades.
She lived a full life and is survived by her son Jason, her grandchildren Bridget, Jacob, and Isaac; her brothers Bruce, Rich, Paul, Joey, David; her sister Mary Ann. She joins her beloved daughter Shaina who passed in 2018.
Services will be held at 10am MST on November 20, 2021, at the chapel at Horan & McConaty, 1091 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246. Friends and family are encouraged to attend and celebrate Sher’s life and legacy.
Sher cherished the gift of her transplanted kidney. She asked that memorial contributions be given to the National Kidney Foundation (http://kidney.org) in her memory.