On September 14, 2021 Zachary Gembarowski, formerly of Brattleboro, went home after living with cancer for four and a half years.
Zac was born in Brattleboro on November 22, 1952 to Jerry "Zowie" and Lorraine (née Pichette) Gembarowski, who predeceased him. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Susan (née Moss), and their three children: Hannah, Caleb (Amber) and Jacob, as well as six siblings: Caroline (Erik) Hammarlund, William Gembarowski, Joseph (Renée) Gembarowski, Rebecca (Tim Fleming) Gembarowski, all of Brattleboro, Daniel (Dianne) Gembarowski of Shertz, Texas and Noel (Jean-Marc Szwiten) Gembarowski of France, and a former sister-in-law, Midge Gembarowski.
Zac attended school in Brattleboro and graduated from BUHS in 1971. Zac served his country in the US Army from 1972-1975, stationed in Germany. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1975, Zac attended a small Christian college in Tennessee and studied theology. In 1999 he and his family moved to Morrison, CO where Zac would attend graduate school.
Zac was an expert carpenter and artisan who transformed homeowners' dreams into reality. His longtime customers became longtime friends, as Zac was "more than a carpenter" to all who hired him. It was often said that his master's degree in counseling was used daily as he spent time working for individuals and families who benefited from more than his building and remodeling skills. Zac's devotion was first and foremost to his Lord, Jesus Christ, and his family took a close second. He was known for his gentle kindness, servant heart, finely-tuned intellect, and rich humor. After his diagnosis, Zac balanced the pain and drudgery of treatments and medical procedures with living and engaging fully in life, continuing to learn new things, and being a dedicated father, husband, brother, and friend. He took up the guitar and honed his drawing skills, creating a series of self-portraits among countless other drawings. He was at peace with his decision to stop treatment and was a comfort to us all as he entered the final phase of life with grace and without fear.
His memorial service was September 22 at The Bridge Church at Bear Creek in Colorado. He will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Published by The Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 23, 2021.