Zachary

March 18, 1996 ~ September 2, 2022

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Rochester, New York

Zachary Thomas Smith

Friday, September 2, 2022 at age 26.  Predeceased by his father, David J. Smith.  He is survived by his wife of 4 years, Deana Smith; his pride and joy daughter, Elliott Maeve Smith; mother, Elizabeth H. Gorman-Smith; step-father, Anthony Chirico; siblings, Marcus Gorman-Grossi, Nicholas Gorman-Smith, Harley Auclair, Joshua Auclair; godsister, Chaya Brayman; grandmother, MaryJo Hazeldem; nina, Karen Osborn; mother-in-law, Tammy (Deb) Canales; fathers-in-law, Darrel Sample and Bruce Fernandez; his fur babies, Enzo and Thomas; numerous impactful people throughout his lifetime, along with many loving family and friends in Arizona, Oregon and throughout the Country.
Zac was a veteran of the United States Navy and served our Country from 2016-2020.  He was a Master at Arms and received the National Defense Service Medal and was awarded the Navy Pistol Sharpshooter. He enjoyed ice hockey, especially the Sabres, F1 racing, his black coffee and had the greatest sense of humor and sharp, quick wit.  He loved his daughter, Elliott and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Zac’s visitation will be held Monday, September 12th 5-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road.  His celebration of life will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park (https://autismnaturetrail.com/) in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com

Services

Visitation: Monday September 12, 2022 05:00 PM - Monday September 12, 2022 07:00 PM

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626


Room: North

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Charities

The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Zachary Thomas Smith 's name.

Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park

P.O. Box 281 Silver Lake, NY 14549
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  1. Rest easy Zack. My condolences. I hope you are eternally at peace now. I will pray for your family and for you. You were highly spoken of and loved so dearly. Until we all meet with you again 🙁

  2. I will always have the most special memory of giving Zach a hug on behalf of his momma in San Antonio, TX as he and the rest of his class prepared to graduate A school as the United States Navy’s newest Masters at Arms. I have the picture somewhere. My heart is absolutely shattered by this news. May the Lord of all things holy comfort his loved ones and bring them peace in the difficult days ahead.🙏🏻💕

    “Fair winds and Following Seas Sailor. We have the watch.”⚓🇺🇲

  3. To Deanna and Elliot and all of the family that is missing Zac tonight many prayer and condolences come from my heart to yours..He will be deeply missed I am sure of that..

    Always your friend Mary Leone

  4. I remember Zach as a tiny, bright, smiling baby and toddler. He was a joyful little human. I remember him having a knack for taking things apart at a young age to the delight and chagrin of his mama.

  5. I wish we could have talked, I’m very glad I recieved that text you sent me, we had much to discuss, You were so loved by many, and you will be missed very much

  6. Been a little over 2.5 years seen I last seen you Zac. And I hate that it takes losing a colleague, a friend, a brother for all of us to remember just how precious those bonds mean to us. Your laugh was contagious and you always knew how too light up the room. We will forever miss you, and will always love you. Fly high and rest easy our dear Zac.

  7. Zac’s uplifting spirit will be remembered for the rest of my life. He brought such energy that inspired me even through this pandemic.
    My prayers go out to you and your family. We’ll miss you buddy!

  8. I love you brotha. Thanks for always being by the boys’ side through all the good and bad days. And thank you for accepting me in Baby badge. BB boys for life💔

  9. Rest in Paradise buddy. You always made me laugh and smile and made standing the long hours in Bahrain actually fun and enjoyable.

  10. This is the hardest thing I have written.The first time I meant you,I feel in love with a beautiful human being,the second time loved you even more.My dear nephew,such a good man to your mother,brothers, father.As life goes on you meant and fell in love with your beautiful wife Deanna and you became a father to your sweet Elliot( Ellie).
    It was a joy to be around you.Why things happen only God knows.R.I.P my dear Zac in God’s arms.Until we meet again.

  11. Zac, you were one of my best friends on the boat. After hearing the horrible news, I remember every conversation we had and every sarcastic joke we have ever said to each other. It’s hard not to tear up throughout the day because I wish your life didn’t end this early. I wish we talked more after I got out of the navy and I’m so sorry I can’t come to your service since I’m so pregnant with my next kid. I miss you dearly and hope you found your peace.

  12. Zac, I’m so honored to have had you as my cousin. I am forever grateful that we were able to spend time together when you came to Phoenix to visit with your mama. I am so proud of everything you accomplished in your life. Fly high my sweet cousin. Until we meet again. The song, My Hero, by the Foo Fighters, I’m sure you knew it, has been playing over and over in my head since I heard the news. We love you Zac. Rest easy. 💔

  13. Zach, I’m so honored to have had you as my cousin. I am forever grateful that we were able to spend time together when you came to Phoenix to visit with your mama. I am so proud of everything you accomplished in your life. Fly high my sweet cousin. Until we meet again. The song, My Hero, by the Foo Fighters, I’m sure you knew it, has been playing over and over in my head since I heard the news. We love you Zach. Rest easy. 💔

  14. Zac, may your soul be at peace. Prayers to your family and friends who are missing you deeply. May the wonderful memories you shared with all, help ease the difficult emotional times ahead. Watch over your wife- Deana and your beautiful baby girl as they love you and will miss you until you all meet again in heaven❣🙏🙏🙏

  15. My deepest condolences to your wife, little baby girl, your mom and brothers, and everyone else whose lives you touched. Zach, I hope you find peace in heaven and watch over your little girl, Ellie, as she grows up. R.I.P.

  16. Every day presents a new feeling of emotions. Knowing what we can’t share with you by our side hurts. I wish things were different.
    You are missed so very much.

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