Zachary Thomas Smith



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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 ( in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


  1. Nadjah Garcia on September 6, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    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. Pam Jump on September 6, 2022 at 7:15 pm


  3. Alan Richardson on September 6, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    He is now with the Father.

  4. Anne Fantigrossi on September 6, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    We will miss you Zac. We know we’ll see you again someday. Our family is sending prayers.

  5. Mary Leone on September 6, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    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

  6. Pedro L. Martínez-Rosa on September 6, 2022 at 11:30 pm


  7. Sorcha Bell on September 7, 2022 at 8:53 am

    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.

  8. Tracey on September 7, 2022 at 11:12 am

    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

  9. Jeris Beaver on September 7, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    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.

  10. Cheryl Sanders on September 7, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    God bless

  11. Betty Jackson on September 7, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    God bless

  12. RJ on September 7, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    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!

  13. Christian on September 8, 2022 at 2:34 am

    I’m sorry to hear this news, he was always a good man to me. My deepest condolences.

  14. Kristi and Jacob Ruffalo on September 8, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Fair winds and following seas, Zach…

  15. Joseph Fazzolari on September 8, 2022 at 2:41 am


  16. Anthony Greco on September 8, 2022 at 8:47 am

    RIP. Praying for your family brother

  17. Lizzie Everett on September 8, 2022 at 12:01 pm

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

  18. Linda Milton on September 8, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    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.

  19. Amy Ray on September 8, 2022 at 9:46 pm


  20. Zack Prestopine on September 9, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Rest easy buddy! We always had good conversations in Bahrain. Prayers for you and your loved ones.

  21. Nicole Byers on September 9, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    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.

  22. Jeri Lea on September 10, 2022 at 10:42 pm


  23. Jeri Lea on September 11, 2022 at 11:55 am


  24. Nancy Pecora on September 12, 2022 at 10:13 am


  25. Kim DeRooy on September 28, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    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.

  26. Tmama on November 2, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    We miss you so much. Each day presents moments of so much sadness, so much hurt. We love you.

  27. Tmama on November 18, 2022 at 9:33 am

    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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