James J. Zaccaro

James J. Zaccaro

February 17, 1916 - October 18, 2004

James J. Zaccaro

February 17, 1916 - October 18, 2004


James J. ?Zac? Zaccaro, 88, of Lake Forest, died on October 18, 2004 after suffering a severe head injury that resulted from a fall. He was a textbook example of ?America’s Greatest Generation.? Zac was born in San Bernardino, California on February 17, 1916. On June 11, 1938, he was married to Gertrude Rose Diebling. After serving in the South Pacific during WWII, he received an Honorable discharge from the Army in 1946. In 1950, he and Gert proudly purchased their first home in Norwalk, California. He lived in the same house for more than 50 years. He retired from Owens Illinois Glass Company, where he had worked for more than 42 years. His career included promotions from factory Helper to Apprentice to Journeyman Machinist. Zac had three passions during his life, his family, golf and baseball. He played golf for more than 70 years. He made custom golf clubs as a hobby. Throughout his life, he was a fine athlete. In his youth, he played semi-pro baseball. After Gert died in 1977, he never remarried. He is survived by two sons, their wives, Jim Anne, Rick Sheri, and five grandsons, Jonathan, Tony, Michael, Greg and Jeff. He was a wonderful, generous human being and he will be deeply missed. A Memorial Service will be held at O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary on Wednesday the 27th of October at 1:00pm.

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13 responses to James J. Zaccaro

  1. JV, Rick & Family
    We were so sorry to her about Uncle Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know what your going thru and how difficult it is. He live a good long life and had a wonder family. Now he has joined your mom and all of his siblings that have passed before him including his “little brother”. I’m sure they are playing golf together. We are sorry we won’t be able to make the memorial services.
    The Yannello Family

  2. I can’t say how sorry I am to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. We had a chance to talk at the Family Picnic. IM going to miss Uncle Jim a great deal. As a Kid I can remember him always at Aunt Vees Christmas Eve gatherings and have many fond memories. He will be missed.

    My condolences go out to JV, Rick and all the family.

  3. Kellie Negri says:

    Dear Zaccaro Family,
    Our sympathy is with all of you on the loss of your father and grandfather. Uncle Jim had a great life and was loved by so many people. We will always hold strong memories and fondness in our hearts and he will surely be missed. Love to all of you through this time of grieving. God bless. The Negri’s

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