R.I.P. Marc Zicari

The following was written by Ron Adams, '66

In today's (well, yesterday's now) newspaper is an obit for C. Marc Zicari, born 8/18/38. I would never recognize him: white hair, white beard, white mustache. He had 10 kids and something like 24 grandkids. It says he graduated from St. Bernard's Seminary, and after BKHS he taught for 29 years in Webster high schools. Death last Sunday, visitation Friday (tomorrow), funeral Saturday. No cause of death noted, but it looks like he had been in hospice, so maybe cancer.

The obit has a quote from Sainte-Exupery's novel The Little Prince, which I remember reading in French in college. I satisfied my foreign language requirement with three courses in French. In case you are in contact with Brian Goonan, I also satisfied the foreign language requirement twice more in Spanish, and here I was a math major. Satisfying the foreign language requirement thrice over drew some snide remarks from my math advisor.

I believe it was in Mr. Zicari's English class that we had to read a book and then give a book review in front of the class. I remember I chose the book Is Paris Burning, about the Nazi invasion of Paris. It just so happened that Reader's Digest was running a 3-month abridged version of the book at the time (which I didn't know when I chose the book), so I read the three issues. Well, I would have, had the third and final issue arrived in the mail on time! But it didn't, so I reviewed the first two-thirds and then ended my talk by saying something like, "And then the Nazis entered Paris." There was one question from a student, which I answered.

Oh wait, here is the newspaper photo and the entire obit I lifted:

Webster - Passed away on November 18, 2018, surrounded by his beloved and devoted wife of 54 years, Judy (Boyle) Zicari; his children, Emily (Ken McClenathan), Charlie (Maura Curtin), Meg Palmer (David), Marc (Kathleen), Michael (Suzanne), Dan (Marcy), Peter (Jeanine), Kathleen Moczarski (Curt), John (Krista) and Mary; his grandchildren: Jane; Shannon, Donny, Reese; Samantha, Brendan; Rachel, Laney; Haley, Charley, Bailey, Kiley; Alice, Patrick, Thomas, Elizabeth, Lawrence; Anthony, Jonathan; Anna, Alex; Isabella, Isaac, Elliot, and longtime family friend, Karen Donahue. He is also survived by his three great-grandchildren, numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Born August 18, 1938 to Charles and Margaret Zicari. The oldest sibling of Maria Bernadette Weaver (deceased) (Jack), Jane Cala (Gerry), Margaret Czerwiec (Tom, deceased), Patricia Cocquyt (Ron), Rosemary Guchone (Bill), Kitty Stappenbeck (Don), and John Zicari (Kerry). He graduated from St. Bernard's Seminary and embarked upon his teaching career at Bishop Kearney High School, followed by 29 years at the Webster High Schools. He inspired students as English Department Chair and Speech & Debate Coach and developed countless life-long friendships with cherished colleagues.
He had an affinity for superheroes and sweets. Superman was his idol; ice cream was his kryptonite.
He would want us to remember the words of the Little Prince, "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly."

Visitation Friday November 23 from 5-8 pm at Falvo Funeral Home 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Pt. Rd. (Rte. 250) Webster. Funeral will be held at St. Ambrose Church on November 24 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph's House of Hospitality of Rochester, 402 South Ave., Rochester, New York 14620.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2018

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