Victor A. "Vic" Zodda
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Victor "Vic" Zodda passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021 and is now reunited with his parents, Elvira Russo and Joseph Zodda; and siblings, Marcella Z. Gesner, Lucille Z. Meyn, Joseph Zodda, Dr. Francis Zodda, Rudy Zodda and Elvira Z. Chiccarelli.

Vic was the proud son of Italian immigrants and a member of the Greatest Generation. He was raised to love God, country and family. After graduating from Spring Valley NY High School, he traveled south to attend Elon College on a baseball scholarship. His studies were interrupted by WWII. Vic enlisted in the Marines but soon transferred to the Navy and attended Naval Officers Training at Northwestern University where he was commissioned an Ensign.

After serving in the Pacific, Vic was honorably discharged and immediately went to the office of the Brooklyn Dodgers where he was assigned to join a Dodger minor league team for spring training.

Since advancement to the Majors was not to be, Vic accepted the Dodgers offer to be a general manager for one of the Dodger minor league teams. He was given the opportunity to complete his college education at Franklin and Marshall first and upon completion of his schooling Vic was assigned to Valdosta, GA to begin his GM duties for the Dodgers. In January 1950 he was transferred to the Dodger minor league team located in Newport News, VA acting as President and GM for the team. A position he held until 1953 when he decided to become a restauranteur. Vic's successful tenure in the restaurant business lasted for many years and in 1965 he was named Outstanding Restaurateur in the State of Virginia.

Vic's association with the restaurant at the Holiday Inn in Hampton opened the door for a new venture and in 1975-Vic established Victor Management Company, a hotel management company. By 1985 VMC was managing over 34 hotels. The company was listed as the 15th largest management company in the United States.

During his professional career Vic was involved in serving his community as a Board Member for Mary Immaculate Hospital, Virginia Restaurant Association, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Peninsula Economic Development Council, First Peninsula Bank and Dominion Bank. He was an active member of CIAO (Colonial Italian American Organization), and was a founding member of Peninsula Sales and Marketing Club and President of Peninsula Sports Club. Of all his accomplishments, Vic was most humbled to receive the Citizen Award from The National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Vic is survived by his wife, Mary Naylor Zodda; his children Cynthia Zodda, Victoria Z. Laine (Allen), Robert Zodda, Therese M. Zodda and Steven Naylor (Lin); grandchildren, Jennifer R. Frank(Jason), Ryan Zodda, Courtney Zodda, Madeline G. Klajnbart (Jared), Galen G. Stewart (Taylor), Andrew P. Naylor (Renee) and Daniel Naylor; great grandchildren, Sydney and Carson Frank, Champ and Brady Crummett, Nolan and Mason Klajnbart, Hudson P. Naylor and Sybil June Stewart.

The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Windsor Meade, his Hospice angel, Christy, and most importantly, Father Joe, pastor at St. Bede Catholic Church who gave Vic the Last Rites of his Catholic faith and who whispered "It's ok to go Vic." Vic drew his last breath peacefully.

A private internment was held on February 6, 2021 and the family hopes to do a Mass and celebration of Vic's life when it's safe.

Donations may be made to Food Bank of the Peninsula, 2401 Aluminum Ave, Hampton, VA 23661 or to the House of Mercy of St. Bede Catholic Church at www.bedeva.org/donate. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.

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Published in Daily Press on Feb. 14, 2021.
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February 20, 2021
Mary and Family.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rest in Peace, Vic.
Bridget Alexander-Scholberg
Friend
February 18, 2021
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
February 15, 2021
I work for Mr. Zodda at his restaurant .after I graduate Warwick high school. His restaurant was located inside the holiday inn hotel . it was my very First job what a great exprience it was
Rip Mr. Zodda rip
Anthony ramirez
Friend
February 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to Vic's family. I approached Vic and ask him if he would be interested in sponsoring the first competitive sports venue (bowling) for Christopher Newport College in 1962-4. He was very receptive to the idea and not only did he pay for the bowling shirts for my team but he added a little incentive. He offered a free pizza to anyone in the league to bowl 3 strikes in a row (turkey). I was lucky that night he made the offer and won 3 pizzas. What's noteworthy about this is that I invited my date (Doris Anne McCauley) to share a pizza with me. She had never had pizza before. As it turned out the pizza was so good that we had a pizza date at Vic Zodda's over the next two weeks. As it turned out Vic's pizza played a role in Doris and I falling in love and getting married. in 1964. We were married for 54 years before I lost her to cancer 3 years ago. She loved pizza and we had to have one at least once a week. God rest your soul Vic
Michael A. Smith
Acquaintance
February 15, 2021
What a pleasure to have had Mr. Zodda a member of the Peninsula community. I have been gone many decades ,but memories of his restaurant have never left. What a lucky family to have had him many, many years.
Patricia Tinker Harrison
Acquaintance
February 14, 2021
What a wonderful man, and what an accomplished life. A true gentleman who will be remembered with fondness and respect by all who were fortunate enough to know him. My condolences.
Lea Ann Stalls
Coworker
February 14, 2021
Cindy, Vicky and Terry so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Prayers out for you and your family.
Scott Whitehead
Classmate
February 7, 2021
Uncle Vic was a wonderful person. I can remember going to VA for family vacations and we had a fun time. As the years progressed, Gary and I enjoyed going to Williamsburg to see Uncle Vic and his family. He always provided fun, food and laughter. We loved to hear his stories about growing up in a large family. His awesome personality made his business ventures very successful. He was always there for my Dad (Rudy) and came to visit him often when my Dad's health was failing. He was a great listener and knowledgeable adviser. He will be truly missed by his entire family. I will miss my phone calls to him. He was always there for me when my Dad died.
Barbara and Gary Signorelli
Family
February 6, 2021
Vic was always a people person and he loved this country. May he rest in peace. Mary, his wife of many years was devoted to him until he died. She is an extraordinary human being.
Holly Campbell
February 4, 2021
Thank you, Vic, for the terrific opportunities you provided me during our long association. You had a great run, which you so very much deserved. All of us at Victor Management thank you for the great years there. I miss you and look forward to celebrating your life with you soon.
Mike Pleninger
Friend
February 4, 2021
What a wonderful loving family man... may the Lord our God bring you into the gates of Heaven, and may all your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.. so much love and prayers...
Jason, Kimberly and Charles Merton
Family
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