Richard Tullio Zanchin, in his 80th year passed peacefully November 23, 2021 at Douglas Memorial Hospital. He fought his health battles with grace and sometimes stubbornness. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his long fight with Lewy Body Dementia.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife Sherry of 39 years and his precious Lilo. Proud and loving father of his two sons, Stan Zanchin (Cathy) and Dean Zanchin (Melinda), step-son Chris Bradnam (Bev), step-daughter Amber Boutros (JC). Loving brother of Linda Defelice and Anita Zanchin (Frank), Bob Zanchin (Anita), and step-brother Tony Hyska (Sharon). Proud Papa of 11 grandchildren Anthony, Lindsey, Vanessa, Alicyia, Sarah, Mackenzie, Jackie, Jage, Theo, Chloe, Nicolas and 8 great grandchildren Madalynn, Charlee, Bennett, Gunnar, Brailynne, Callum, Rachael and Logan. He will also be deeply missed by his nieces and their children.
Predeceased by his parents Armanda and Frank Zanchin, sister Louise McRoberts, brother-in-law Joe Defelice, and his loyal friend Stitch.
Born in 1941 in South Porcupine (Schumacher), he started working in his father’s grocery store at a young age. He left northern Ontario to attend Western University, which led to his first teaching position at Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School in 1962. In 1965, he left teaching to take a position in a multi-national company, Proctor and Gamble. However after two years returned to Ridgeway, as this was his true vocation. Richard continued to work as a guidance counsellor and teacher for over 34 years, finishing his last ten years of teaching at FESS. He volunteered for endless extracurricular activities throughout his teaching career at RCBHS and FESS, retiring in 1996. He is still fondly remembered by many students leaving behind a legacy that supported several in finding their paths in life. Rich wanted us to thank the numerous students who made his work so enjoyable and worthwhile.
Rich continued to be an avid reader, he was a great listener, had a great sense of humour, was an amazing cook, and had a thirst for knowledge. He loved all animals and in later years volunteered at the SPCA. Within the last years, Rich found the love of painting, especially birdhouses, which he shared with his family and friends. He always saw the best in everyone and encouraged them to reach their full potential. He selflessly gave back to the community, countlessly volunteering to improve or initiate new programs, such as:
Driver for Cancer Society
Ridgeway Lions Club
Port Colborne Operatic Society
Initiating Fort Erie Soccer Club
First Economic Development Committee
Raising funds for a drop in Centre in Crystal Beach (1970s)
Fort Erie Inter-Agency Council which helped organize social service agencies in the 1970s
Provincial funding and supervising summer jobs for students
Campaign for Girve Fretz for Mayor
Fort Erie Adult Literacy Council
He will be sadly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, Rich had requested donations to be made to The Alzheimer Society and the Fort Erie SPCA. Cremation has taken place, followed by a private family gathering. Rich wanted a party to celebrate his years, with a Celebration of Life, which will take place in May of 2022.