OBITUARY

Richard F. Zammillo

May 25, 1957April 9, 2019
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Beloved son of John and the late Faye. Loving brother of John (Michele) and Ralph. Cherished uncle of Christopher (Cheryl) and John (Elizabeth). Fond great uncle of six nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Richard F. Zammillo

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Ralph Zammillo

April 19, 2019

This is the second part of my tribute to a great man. Richie was one of a kind An old soul who was religious and believed the saying Leave it in Gods hands. He was always happy smiling laughing and enjoying life until the ugly C disease took that away. He was a true fighter and until the end was brave He rarely cried because he believed God would take care of him. He loved all sports especially basketball he cleared some land on our property he then paved it and built a basketball court there. He loved boxing and our course playing on the Computer. In one billion years there will never be another Richie Zammillo. He was too good for this earth he was needed and wanted in heaven. I know we will meet again until that day I will be sad not being with him but happy knowing that he's in paradise No more pain no more worries Rest In Peace my best friend and brother I will love you forever I will never forget you or your goodness and kindness Please watch over me and never leave my side Goodbye for now The pain of loosing you is heartbreaking But I am so blessed to have you as my brother and best friend Please greet me at heavens gates until then remember I LOVE YOU

MariaGrace Villano

April 17, 2019

There are no words to describe how saddened we are to lose such a wonderful person. Rich, from the moment we met at work some 18 years ago, I knew we would be lifelong friends. Our loss is heaven's gain. We shared so many laughs, good times and wonderful friends together. You were loved by everyone......the man with a smile who could light up an entire room. You were always willing to help, no matter how busy you were. You were the best friend anyone could ever dream of having in a lifetime. You are going to be missed so much. I know you will be watching over your dad and brothers. I am so sad that we can no longer see your beautiful smiling face ….or talk on the phone and meet for dinner. Thank you for being part of our lives. The memories will be cherished always. You will forever be in our hearts. Until we meet again my sweet friend and angel. We love you.

Ralph Zammillo

April 14, 2019

Richie was not only my brother but the best friend I had or anyone could have had. He was a simple complex beautiful person who didn't know the meaning of the word no. All he wanted to do was to live life and be happy. He loved sports and was good at everything he tried. Richie had a smile that lit up a room he had kind compassionate eyes and a beautiful soul. Anything I asked of Richie no matter how big or small he would do for me. I am so blessed to have had him as my brother and friend. He will be in my heart forever and I cannot wait for the day that we meet in heaven. I know he will greet me at the gates and give me a huge hug, Until that day I will be sad but I know he is the newest angel in heaven and he's right on my shoulder watching over me. Rest In Peace my best friend Enjoy heaven you deserve it❤️

Howard Novotny

April 13, 2019

Today many people may not know who their neighbors are or even what they look like. My family and I were so blessed to have you as a neighbor and friend. You always had a big smile and were willing to lend a helping hand. I will never forget that whenever we talked, whether in your house, my house, or out by the mailboxes, you would always end the conversation, "just give me a call if you need anything". You were a kind, gentle soul, and will truly be missed. You don't have to worry about your brothers and dad, we will always be there to help. Rest in peace my friend.

Renee Novotny

April 13, 2019

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My kids were both so touched by Richie's kindness and influence in their lives. When Ben was looking for some community service activities during high school, Richie invited him to come to the United Cerebral Palsy Association's weekly respite program. Richie was the head of IT for the organization and very dedicated to the patient population there. It was just two weeks ago that he sat in his hospital bed describing to Samantha how to properly dead lift weights and protect her back. He told her that he wanted to be one of her patients when she completes medical school.

We will hold on tightly to the special memories of birthday parties, the annual Fourth of July barbeque and Christmas bash, Thanksgiving celebrations, dinners out, and time hanging by the pool. That summer night when Richie set up a giant screen in the backyard and we all watched that awful movie "Open Water 2" with an inflatable shark floating nearby in the pool was unforgettable. I had nightmares for two weeks afterwards. One summer, I bought myself a soft-serve ice cream maker and was so excited to try it out. I followed the recipe for mint ice cream and figured that if a little bit of mint flavoring tasted good, then a lot would taste even better. Richie was visiting and he and my husband rushed over to try my ice cream. When I asked what they thought, Richie said, “It’s delicious and the best part is that I won’t have to brush my teeth tonight.” He wouldn’t say anything negative and we laughed.

As we spent time saying our painful goodbyes this past week, his thoughts were only of concern for family and friends. This world is truly a better place for having had Richie in it for 61 short years.

Renee Novotny

April 13, 2019

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I remember the time he rushed over during a hurricane to cut up a tree that had gone down across our driveway. He lost three blades from his Sawzall in the process and refused to listen to me as I yelled at him to get in out of the storm. He was an IT guru who would always rise to the challenge of any computer, operating system, or wiring issue in our house. We always laughed at the memory of Ben getting a virus on his computer which caused a screen to pop up notifying him that the FBI was coming for him. Richie rushed over to eliminate the virus and assure Ben, who was very young at the time, that he wasn't going to be arrested. I think back fondly of the week right before Ben's Bar Mitzvah when Richie had given me some video editing software, so that I could create a family video to show during the cocktail hour. The software only allowed me to put together 45 minutes of filming before crashing. I was so frustrated and Richie rushed over to assure me that it was working correctly and that's all I could get. Having achieved MOMzilla status at the time, I recalled howling at him that there was a reason that they called it a cocktail hour, and not a cocktail 45 minutes. Richie just smiled. There was the time when the software on our perfectly good treadmill became corrupt and the company told us there was nothing to be done. Night after night, Howie, Richie, and I spent time in the basement taking that treadmill apart and trying to get it working again. Richie refused to give up on it.

Renee Novotny

April 13, 2019

Part 1 of 3
Ten years ago, new neighbors moved in next door. You wonder at first... Will the neighbors be friendly, will they be noisy or quiet, will they be neat? You never expect that you will win the Neighbor Lottery and end up with the dearest people, in the house next to yours, that become your extended family.

Then cancer rears its ugly head and robs a wonderful person of his health and finally his life. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a beloved neighbor and dear friend tonight, Richie Zammillo. Richie was the kindest, gentlest soul who will be sorely missed by our entire family.

roy and Eleanor Pannenbacker

April 13, 2019

Our hearts are broken in hearing this news. Richie was such a loving, Happy, Helpful person, who had a heart of gold. Our deepest sympathies to the Zammillo Family. Eleanor and Roy Pannenbacker

Carol tucker

April 12, 2019

Richie was one of a kind. He will be sorely missed. He came to my house with a repeater to help resolve my Netflix streaming problems and fixed my laptop more than once. It was greatly appreciated. He also helped me celebrate a special birthday -- one of the ones ending in "0" and plied me with drinks at the many holiday parties around their pool.

Robert DeMarzo

April 12, 2019

Richie, I only knew you a short time, but I could see what a special person you were right away. A great brother, son, uncle,and friend. You will be missed by all who know you, but I'm sure you will not be forgotten.
God Bless You and keep you.

Robert DeMarzo

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