Thomas J. Zayac Jr., 79, of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 16, 2020, in his residence, with his loyal and devoted wife of 55 years, Betty, by his side. He was born August 26, 1941, a son of the late Thomas J. and Helen Bochka Zayac Sr.
Known throughout his life as "Sonny" and "Tom Tucker", he was born and raised in Brookline. Prior to his retirement, Tom was owner of T. J. Zayac Company for many years and was a member of Ironworkers Local 3. He and Betty raised their three wonderful children in Cecil and was a faithful member of the St. Mary's Worship Site of Corpus Christi Parish. Those years with his young family were filled with fun and memorable times. He worked hard and taught his children that they could achieve anything they wanted in life. He enjoyed hunting at his camp in Tidioute, and fishing on his houseboat in Presque Isle. He was a fun loving, funny and caring father and always had plenty of great stories and life lessons to pass on to his family, who were the most important part of his life. Tom was the life of the party, quick to make everyone laugh and the kind of person anyone was happy to have a drink with. Later in life, he enjoyed all his friends at the Meadows Casino, traveling with his wife and most of all being with his family.
On September 25, 1965, in St. Stevens Church in Hazelwood, he married his dear wife of 55 years, Betty J. Zimmerman, who survives. Also left behind to cherish his memory are his beloved children, Judith Kramer (Thomas), Thomas Zayac III and Colleen Dunn (Michael); his grandchildren, Morgan Kramer, Blake Miller (Andy), Thomas IV and Zoey Zayac, and Sarah and Michael Dunn; a sister, Mary Lou Sichitano (George); brothers Arthur Zayac (Barbara), Michael Zayac (Shely) and Victor Zayac (Ruth Ann); his extended family, sisters-in-law Bernadette Istik (Richard), Judith Thompkins (Dallas), Patricia Zimmerman and Barbara Harley (David); several nieces and nephews; and his lifelong friend, Richard Perchach.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his sister, Julie Campbell; and brothers-in-law Russell and Robert Zimmerman.
Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 20, in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Joseph P. Salandra LFD, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be recited at 9:20 a.m. Monday, September 21. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in the St. Mary's Worship Site of Corpus Christi Parish, 10 St. Mary's Lane, Cecil, with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a limit of 25 persons at a time with face masks in the funeral home and church as stipulated by state mandate.
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