2011-02-03 / Obituaries


Hap Kimma is being remembered this week as a “teacher’s teacher.”

The 30-year career educator in the Carmel School District who retired in 1980 died last Thursday at the age of 87.

Kimma was a 53-year resident of Holmes who graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Army and received an honorable discharge following World War II.

In 1950, Kimma pursued his education at Manhattan College and earned his Master’s Degree at Columbia University in 1951.

Another retired Carmel educator, Al Witte, remembered his colleague as a man who “dedicated his life to teaching and helping others.”

Kimma was a member of the Pawling

Fire Department for 30 years and an EMT with the Pawling FD Rescue Squad for 20 years. He also served the fire department as a member of the Pawling Fire Police and held executive offices as the department’s secretary and treasurer.

Kimma is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth, two sons, Jeffrey and Kevin, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. His daughter, Julie Anne, predeceased him.

A funeral mass was held last Saturday at the Church of St. John in Pawling.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations in Hap’s name be made to the Pawling Fire Department, Pawling, NY 12564.

—Eric Gross

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