Zachary Burrage-Goodwin
1992 - 2015
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Zachary Burrage- Goodwin, a senior-year music student at the University of South Carolina, and a resident of Weston, Massachusetts, died tragically in a motor cycle accident on August 25, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. A compassionate and free-spirited young man, Zach lived life to the fullest, pursued every adventure with gusto, and accomplished a great deal in his twenty-two years. Zach was born on September 16, 1992 in Newton, Massachusetts, coming into the world with a smile on his face-- a recollection his family clearly remembers. Initially shy in his early years, he grew into a charming, charismatic, easy-going and funny young man, and he made friends wherever he went. Zach was sensitive, empathetic and supportive. He was socially aware, and held strong political convictions, ironically passing away six years to the day (and hour) after he shook President Obamas hand at a seaside restaurant in Marthas Vineyard, on Cape Cod. He spent many hours with his friends, debating politics or religion over beer at his favorite Columbia nightspots, or texting news articles of interest to his family. He loved classic cars, and worked for two summers at Boston Sportscar in Weston, MA. He loved to go to classic car shows with his grandfather. Zach was a talented musician who had aspirations to become a music teacher and/or a sound engineer. In high school, he studied violin with Bo Hwang of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and cello with Ron Lowry of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He was the principal cellist in the Weston High School Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Rivers School Conservatory Youth Orchestra, a member of the Weston High School Chorus, and a member of the Handel and Haydn Society Young Mens Chorus. In 2009, Zach was the bass soloist in the Mozart Coronation Mass with the Weston High School Orchestra. He performed in the pit orchestra for a variety of high school musicals, including The Wiz, The Stories that We Weave, and Into the Woods. Zach attended the Florida State University Orchestra Camp and Soundfest Chamber Music Camp with the Colorado Quartet for many summers. He participated for several years in the competitive Massachusetts Eastern Senior District Festivals, and in 2010 and 2011, he participated in the Massachusetts All-State Music Festival at Symphony Hall in Boston. As a culmination of his high school years, Zach was accepted in 2011 as one of seven bass vocalists from Massachusetts to attend the highly selective MENC All-Eastern Chorus in Baltimore, Maryland. While in high school, Zach taught introductory cello to inner-city Boston elementary school students with musiConnects and the Boston Public Quartet. He performed with his sisters in the Burrage-Goodwin Chamber Trio, at weddings, in nursing homes, school events, and fundraisers. He worked for Relay for Life as part of the American Cancer Society, and he was a mentor for Best Buddies, an organization that assists people with intellectual disabilities. In 2009, he received the Weston High School Community Service Award. In college, Zach studied voice with Jacob Will and Walter Cuttino. He was a bass vocalist in the University of South Carolina Concert Choir, and the University of South Carolina Mens Chorus, and he performed major works such as the Berlioz Requiem, Brahms Requiem, and the Verdi Requiem. Zach taught cello at University of South Carolina String Project, and he would have completed student teaching in the public schools next year. Zach was a sound engineering intern with Jeff Francis, recording college orchestra concerts, student and faculty recitals, and international recording artists such as pianist Misha Dichter, clarinetist Pedro Rubio, and pianist Ana Benavides. In the summer of 2014, Zach interned in the sound engineering department of the television production company Bunim/Murray in California. He hoped to intern as a sound engineer at the Tanglewood Music Festival next summer. In his short years, Zach led an extraordinarily accomplished life. The family has been receiving an enormous outpouring of kind messages and testimonials from people all over the country indicating that Zach left a huge impression on anyone who knew him. The world has lost one of its brightest lights, and yet we are filled with gratitude to have known and loved this wonderful young man for just a little while. Zach is survived by his twin sister, Lydia Burrage-Goodwin of Columbia, SC, a graduate of the University Of South Carolina School of Music; his younger sister Miranda Burrage-Goodwin, a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; his parents--Dr. Melissa D. Burrage and Thomas J. Goodwin of Weston, MA; his grandparents--Marilyn (Procknik) and Philip A. Burrage of Middleboro, MA, and Elizabeth (Donovan) Goodwin of Worcester, MA; three aunts and uncles--Cathy A. Goodwin of Worcester, MA, Michael D. Goodwin of Worcester, MA, and Scott E. Burrage of Vallejo, CA. Zach is also survived by a large number of wonderful and supportive friends that he considered to be his family, both in South Carolina and Massachusetts. A celebration of Zachs life will occur in Weston, Massachusetts around Thanksgiving. Further information will be forthcoming. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made, in memory of Zachary Burrage-Goodwin, to Weston High School Best Buddies, 444 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493, or musiConnects, 20 Belgrade Avenue, #1, Roslindale, MA 02131 ( Please sign the online guestbook at

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Published in The Wayland Town Crier from Sep. 12 to Sep. 24, 2015.
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October 29, 2015
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a talented, vibrant and most of all, kind and compassionate young man. Zach will be in our hearts forever.
Park Family
September 21, 2015
"Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still."

With our deepest condolences, Jae & Dana
Jae Yi
September 17, 2015
Tom and family,
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts.

Richard Mindy Jennifer Elissa Solomon
September 14, 2015
Tom and family,
I can't begin to imagine your loss. You have our deepest sympathies and are in our hearts and prayers. - Phil and Patti Estep
September 14, 2015
We are numb and deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your son Zachary. Our deepest sympathies to Tom, Misty and family on such a tragic loss. May God grant you peace and courage during this very sad time. - Ian and Sally Cheong
Ian Cheong
September 8, 2015
my deepest sympathies and condolences on zacs passing may god hold him in his hands!
peter hudon
September 8, 2015
Misty and family,
I was shocked to read the paper! I have no words to say that can adequately express my sympathy to you and your family.For a week I have been thinking of what to say but there are no words.Last time we spoke you were pregnant with him, my son Joshua was about 6 months old and my oldest three. The messages left for you and your family speak volumes. God only takes the best and brightest before their time. May you find solace, comfort and peace in your memories.Please remember me to your parents. With Deep Sympathy
Kathleen Kinney Grab
Kathleen Grab
September 4, 2015
Such an accomplished young man, who is gone before his time.
Tery Wood
September 2, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your family and everyone who was touched by Zach's presence. It was a pleasure to see him set such a fine example in H&H's Young Men's Chorus; I had no idea he was such a talented musician gracing so many stages and being a role model for so many students. Please know how much I will be thinking of you.
Robin L. Baker
September 1, 2015
I am deeply saddened by the news of Zachary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

- Sound Department, Bunim-Murray Productions
Keith Rishkofski
September 1, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Zach was a wonderful young man and a delight to have in the classroom. He will be greatly missed.
Danielle Cooper
August 31, 2015
Dear Tom, Misty, Lydia & Miranda
Our thoughts and our hearts go out to you all at this sad time.
love from
Kim Gerry Dean & Jordan concannon
August 31, 2015
We are very sorry for your loss and our hearts ache for what you are going through now. May you find comfort and love in his memories. God bless you all.
August 30, 2015
To Lydia and Zach's family--everyone at the SoM is in pieces over the loss of Zach. I have so many fond memories of him--numerous hallway chats, thoughtful class discussions, going out of his way to say hello to me on the street, keeping me company during an event neither one of us wanted to work--to name only a few. His excellent character, I'm sure, was testament to the love and strength of your family. May that strength help you through this painful time.
Sarah Williams
August 30, 2015
So very sad to hear the news. Zach was a kind, bright, lovely young man to know and teach and spend time with in the early Best Buddies years. Zach will be missed by many and most certainly by me. Sending love to all his family and friends.
Claire Schomp
August 30, 2015
Dear Tom, Missy, Lydia and Miranda:
Our hearts were saddened to learn of Zach's passing. Know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time and that we will be praying for you. May the God of all comfort give you peace in and through all of this. Just reading the various messages testifies how much Zach gave to music, his friends, how he loved life and wanted to serve others. He will be missed. Be thankful for the memories. I'm sure dad will be in touch with your mom and dad in the next few days. Our sincerest sympathies to all, Lloyd, Alice, Emma and Pearl and families.
August 30, 2015
We are so very heartbroken to hear this sad news. After the performance at Shandon Methodist back in February, we attended to Zach after his minor injury. Although our daughter shared chorus with Zach, this was our first meeting. He showed a very kind and gentle spirit, and was very thankful for assistance and care. This wonderful young man has left his mark on the world but lives on in those he touched. We offer sincere and deep condolences to your family and pray for God's comfort.

The Holley Family
Bethune, SC
The Holley Family
August 30, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss!! I pray GOD wrap his loving arms around your family and heal your pain.
August 30, 2015
Zach, you were such a bright, energetic, and encouraging person. Although I knew you for a very short time, I knew you were very genuine all the time. You will be greatly missed and my prayers are with your loved ones.
August 29, 2015
I am sorry to hear that you have lost a loved one in death. I have found comfort from reading the scripture in the Bible at Ecclesiastes 9:5,10. I hope this will bring you comfort.
August 29, 2015
I didn't have the privilege of knowing Zach until my senior year at Weston High, when he was a junior. I was going through the hardest time of my life, but because of my hardship I was lucky enough that he became one of my best friends. His smile and good-heart was a saving grave to me, and to anyone with the fortune of meeting him. Frankly, I doubt I would have made it to today without his effervescent influence on my life. I know I will remember him and smile at the good times I was able to have with him. I was blessed to have known him, and I will miss him in more ways than I can even begin to understand.

Tere pyaar karta houn, jaan.
Keshav Tyagi
August 29, 2015
I Didn't know Zack but reading his obituary tells me that to be so young, he lived a full life. His family has to be an awesome one. May God give you all the peace that pass all understanding when remembering Zack. Zack's accomplished life exceeds most three times his age. RIP Zack.
Charlotte Harris
August 29, 2015
In deepest sympathy and heartfelt love to the family.
Dr. Carlesta Spearman and Family
Carlesta Spearman
August 29, 2015
Our daughter, Olivia, attended high school with Zach and Lydia. The whole family was one of the nicest families that we met in Weston. They made our family feel welcome. Zach was a very special young man to Olivia and to our family. Our prayers of comfort for the family at this time.
Barbara Barrows
August 29, 2015
Misty, Tom, Lydia and Miranda. It's the saddest thing we ever heard. We can't tell you how sorry we are at the loss of your beautiful Zach. Love to all of you. Joanne & Bill
Joanne & Bill Cote
August 29, 2015
Dear Misty, Tom, Lydia and Miranda, we are so saddened to hear of Zach's passing. He was a beautiful and talented young man. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always remember his bright smile.
Steve, Peg, Sarah and Jessica Ober
August 29, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with Zach's family. I am heartbroken by his loss and am deeply saddened that I am not able to celebrate his life today in Columbia. I'll always remember when Zach performed Mozart's cello and bassoon duo with me in my freshman recital several years ago. That piece will now always remind me of him and his markings in my score from that performance will never be erased. I'll miss his friendship and encouragement throughout my time at USC, and I'll especially miss his goofy laugh. Rest easy, my friend. Your friendship will be cherished in my heart always.
Madelyn LaPrade
August 29, 2015
Our daughter Elizabeth was a friend of Zach and Lydia (as well as roommate). We are so sorry for your loss. Our family's thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Katharine Johnson
August 29, 2015
I did not know Zach but he was a schoolmate of a Peabody student (Rebecca Wood) and a student of my friends at USC - Ellen Schlaefer, Walter Cuttino and Jacob Will. What an exceptional young man! We share the same birthdate. My husbands nephew died in a motorcycle accident around this same time of year - another young artist, a successful film director. Zach was obviously a giving, sensitive person whose legacy will long live. He touched so many lives in his short journey. May you be comforted by that and many other memories. You have much to be proud of and rejoice in at the celebration of his livve!
JoAnn Kulesza
August 29, 2015
I feel compelled to write you to express my sincerest sympathy. I had never even heard of Zach until today, but by reading this beautiful obituary notice I feel that I know this "extraordinarily accomplished" young person. I can only hope that God will give you strength and peace in knowing that you produced such a truly special person.
August 29, 2015
Melissa, Tom, Lydia, and Miranda - We are deeply saddened by your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. With love from Claude and Jean Valle and family
August 29, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and those who gather today. We had not had the opportunity to meet Zachary yet but know he was very special to our niece Mimi Harding. With deepest sympathy! Monty & Gene Stepura
Monty Stepura
August 28, 2015
Sending Unending LOVE and hugs to you all. Dearest Misty, Tom, Miranda and Lydia. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of Zach. Sending you prayers and thoughts for strength and peace through this. Some souls are like shooting stars bright, wonderful lights while here and gone too fast. He is one of them. I guess he will light up the heavens now..As the Bass club motto says: Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen - All too true here. There cannot be enough words. Our hearts cry with you. We and I love you Always! Please let us know anything we can help with up here at home.I will be lighting a candle up here for Zach and praying with you all tomorrow afternoon.
ALWAYS, Linda Kennedy Bruce and family..
Linda Kennedy Bruce
August 28, 2015
I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of such a sweet and talented spirit. Zach sang with us in the Good Shepherd choir, and he was always such a joy to be around, always with a smile on his face! He will truely be missed, not only his voice but his smile and his wit. Your family is in our prayers as you try to deal with your terrible loss.
Vickie Dooley
August 28, 2015
Tom, Missy and family,
We are deeply sorry for your unspeakable loss. Please know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. May love and support see you through this terrible time and may time and prayer heal. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. We are here for you all if you need anything
Stephen & Mary Coghlin
August 28, 2015
Dearest Misty, Tom, Lydia and Miranda - Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow we feel for the passing of Zachary. We pray that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your life. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences
Cheryl and Ben Goodrich
August 28, 2015
Misty, Tom, Lydia, and Miranda - We are deeply saddened by the news of Zach's passing. Our hearts are broken for all of you. He was a bright, lovely young man with a contagious smile and heaven has gained another angel way to soon. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by the countless memories and the love of family and friends during this difficult time - Tricia, David, CJ, and Jonathan
August 28, 2015
Our prayers are with you. Zach added beauty to the congregation of Church of the Good Shepherd on Sunday mornings. I loved his smile. He always had a moment for our nine year old who eagerly went up to see him after service each week.
Melanie McGehee
August 27, 2015
Dear Misty, Tom, Lydia, and Miranda, I am so terribly saddened by Zach's passing. He is such a lovely young man with a special heart and so talented in so many ways. You all and Phil and Marilyn are in my thoughts as you grieve for Zach and struggle to make sense of your unimaginable loss. I send my deepest condolences and have you foremost in my mind. I'm just so sad for you and grieve with you.
Chris Huggard
August 27, 2015
Much love to Tom, Misty, Lydia and Miranda Zach will be forever remembered w/ love and a bit of a twinkle of mischief - can't think of better emotions to conjure up. We are devastated at the news and can't get our heads around it - we just know that love is the greatest bond and that was had in plenty in Zach's life..... for all of us to remember. Much love and peace. Cousin Susan
August 27, 2015
We at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbia are stunned and saddened. Zach sang with our choir, showing leadership, and sharing his very fine voice with us in worship of Almighty God. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and we pray for the repose of his soul. May the Lord bless him and keep him; the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious to him; the Lord lift up his countenance upon him and give him peace today and forever.
J. Fletcher Montgomery, Rector
August 26, 2015
Our daughter Autumn, lost a good friend in Zach - she enjoyed having him as a friend and performing with him in the USC Choir and we had the chance to meet him earlier this year. We are sorry for your families tremendous loss.
Neil & Pam Baldwin
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