William Saxe Zeman
William Saxe Zeman, 93, husband of Evelyn (Shimelman) Zeman, of West Hartford, died December 27, 2007. Born in Hartford, December 30, 1913, he was the son of the late Dr. Burnhardt Zeman and Annie (Saxe) Zeman. He was educated in the Hartford Public Schools and Worcester Academy and was graduated from Harvard College in 1936 and the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1941. During the interim between college and law school, he was a part-time reporter for The Hartford Times and served as legislative agent for the Connecticut State CIO Council. Admitted to the Connecticut Bar in July 1941, he was employed from 1941-1945 by the United Electrical Workers Union, CIO, as General Counsel and Manager of Amalgamated Local 281, which represented employees in 18 metal trades plants in the greater Hartford area. During his tenure, the Local maintained a one hundred percent observance of its no-strike pledge in support of uninterrupted production during World War II. He was a member of the Connecticut State Guard and served on the Mayor of Hartfords War Bond Committee. In 1945, he began the practice of labor law representing a wide range of unions in both the public and private sectors until his retirement in 2001. He was awarded the Whitney North Seymour Arbitration Medal by the American Arbitration Association in 1984 and a Medal of Excellence from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1988. He was a past president of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. Besides his wife of 71 years, he is survived by his three children, Peter, Andrew, and Mary Ann Zeman, three grandchildren, Jeffrey, Karen and William Zeman, and two great-grandchildren, Sean and Matthew Zeman. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford with Rabbi Michael Pincus officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Mr. Zemans family invites friends to call at 1890 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford on Sunday after the service from 12 Noon to 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donors choice. For further information, directions, or to express a message of condolence, please visit online at

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