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Victor Zast


1945 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Victor Zast Obituary
Clever, ambitious, elegant and untiring, Victor Zast had a rare combination of presence and character that defined his remarkable life. Named for the day he was born - Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945 - Victor Edward Zast grew up in Buffalo, NY. Graduating from Siena College in upstate New York, and the University of Buffalo Law School thereafter, his diverse professional career flourished, working in marketing and management in the fragrance, distilled spirits and horse racing industries, rising to the rank of CEO in four different companies, two of which he owned. Vic later established himself as an award-winning writer covering thoroughbred horse racing for The Blood-Horse, The New York Times, ESPN.com, MSNBC.com, National Public Radio, and HorseRaceInsider.com. He is the author of the book, The History and Art of 25 Travers, commemorating Saratoga Race Course's most memorable race. As a summertime resident and spectator for forty-nine consecutive years, Vic's vigorous passion for Saratoga Springs will leave an indelible and unique mark on horse racing history and its community. His final project, producing, writing and filming a documentary about friendship, life and loss, premiered as a six-episode Golf Channel TV series and feature-length film called "Our Longest Drive" in 2011. Vic is survived by his devoted and loving wife Maureen, children Jon, Annie and Biz, daughter and son-in-law Theresa and Micah, and grandchildren Charlie and Vivian. His remarkable zeal for life, style and humor will continue inspiring those who knew him. A reception to celebrate Victor's life will be held at Westmoreland Country Club, 2601 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette, IL 60091, Thursday August 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with remarks to start at 6:00 p.m. A second celebration will take place in Saratoga Springs, NY the morning of August 17, 2014.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Aug. 6, 2014
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