Howard Jeffrey Zimmerman, 64, a civic-minded real estate developer of Davie, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, from leukemia.

He developed the Chapel Trail and Pembroke Shores neighborhoods in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He also had been general manager and CEO of The Club at Emerald Hills golf club in Hollywood.

Zimmerman, a New York native, was a mensch, friends told the Miami Herald in his obituary.

”He taught me that builders could wear white hats,” Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish, told a newspaper.

Donald Reid, who also had leukemia, said Zimmerman paid for Reid’s plane fare after a bone marrow transplant in Seattle, because he was not permitted to drive home.

”I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him,” Reid said.

Zimmerman is survived by his wife Terry, children Robin Mizerak, Edward Zimmerman and Brian Bovingdon, and four grandchildren, Cory, Teddy, Elle and Brian.

Donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, Memorial Foundation, 3435 Johnson St., Hollywood, FL 33021, in memory of Howard Zimmerman.