Zachary Hamilton Suechting
Chicago, IL - Zachary Hamilton Suechting passed away on January 18th, 2019 in Chicago, IL at the age of 27. Zacky, as he was fondly known by his loved ones, was born on August 15, 1991 in Neenah, WI to Martin and Virginia Suechting. The second of three boys, after Maxwell, age 29, and before Peter, age 25, Zack graduated from Neenah High School in 2009 and studied at Lawrence University, where he graduated with a degree in string bass performance in 2013.
Zack's life was one of boundless creativity, curiosity, gentleness, and love. Playing piano from the age of 3 and bass from the age of 8, Zack loved to make music of all kinds, from jazz, classical, and folk, to metal, hip-hop, and funk. Guided by an unerring ear and an open heart, Zack loved to channel the deep well of his talent with other musicians, including working in pit orchestras in Chicago, producing music for vocalists, and collaborating with his two brothers.
Open, compassionate, and deeply loving, Zack was never frightened by the chasms of identity that can separate us at times, and he made a profound impact on those around him. Zack's charisma drew people to him, and, rather than shy away, Zack chose to embrace everyone. In this way, Zack will continue to serve as a model of compassion and love for all who knew him. Zack will live on in his parents, his brothers, his extended family, his many, many friends, and all of those who felt the sunshine of his love. And, most importantly, Zacky will live on in his music and in the music that others make in honor of him.
Please join us for a service celebrating Zacky's life on Saturday, January 26, at 11 am at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 1511 Nicolet Blvd, Neenah, WI. There will be a reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that well-wishers that you support and purchase music from musicians local to your area, and that you listen to the music of Zack's collaborators, Gem Tree and Molly Coleman, whose recent albums featuring Zack's work can be found on Spotify. Zack's family also asks for your support in the weeks and months to come as we struggle with this immense loss. Finally, his family wishes to thank everyone who called Zacky a friend, and for those who have already reached out to us -- your kindnesses keep our world turning.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
-Mary Elizabeth Frye
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Jan. 23, 2019.