Family Tribute:Mike Zinzi left this world a very happy man. He had a wife who loved and adored him, a beautiful baby boy, Dean, a nice home and a career that he worked hard in and enjoyed. He was a wonderful, thoughtful, smart, ambitious man with an easygoing personality and had a smile for anyone he came in contact with.
Dyan and Mike met 11 years ago while working for the company Shulton, in Clifton. Mike was a cost account working full-time during the day and attending Montclair State University at night. Dyan was attending Montclair full time while working part time at Shulton’s Fitness Center. Mike caught Dyan’s eye and she asked a couple of her friends about him. Dyan caught Mike’s eye and he asked a couple of his friends about her. When Dyan found out that Mike only had 2-weeks left with the company she knew she had to move fast. So, she asked him out. As she always said, that was the best move she ever made! After dating Mike for one week, she told her mother, “This is the one that I’m going to marry.” Five years later, she did just that.
Mike, as mentioned earlier, worked full-time and put himself through college where he acquired a degree in accounting. He then started his career in forensic accounting at Campos and Stratis in 1990 and later got his CPA certification. In 1997, Mike, along with a few of his colleagues from C&S;, began working for the firm RGL Gallagher in Parsippany. In February, of 2001, his firm began working for Marsh & McLennan at One World Trade Center on the 100th floor. Mike worked as Vice President of the CAPS division of Marsh. It took Mike 2-hours to get to his desk each day and he never complained about it. He liked working in one of the highest spots in Manhattan. He enjoyed his job and enjoyed the people he worked with, some of whom he had worked with for over 10 years.
Mike was always nuts about motorcycles. He loved his antique 1956 K-Model Harley that he and his father re-built. He would spend hours working on it and he and Dyan, enjoyed riding it, in spite of the fact that it didn’t have any shocks. After having his name on the waiting list for 3-years, Mike finally got the call he had been waiting for. There was a 1999 Heritage Soft-Tail Classic Harley Davidson with his name on it. Mike and Dyan took lots of road trips together and sure enough, Dyan got hooked. Soon, she got a motorcycle license of her own.
One December, they decided to go to Newport, Rhode Island, to tour the Victorian mansions for Christmas. They were traveling back home through Connecticut where they did what all motorcycle enthusiasts do; they stopped at the local Harley Davidson dealership. There they spotted an 883 Sportster Hugger, the mate to Mike’s Aztec Orange Heritage and Mike had found Dyan’s Christmas gift. Little did he know at the time what a monster he created! Soon, the family they were planning for ‘one day’ became some day, in the future.
Mike and Dyan made short trips, through the winding roads near their home in West Milford, and longer trips to places like Vermont and Bike Week at Lake George. Through the years, they rode in many charity bike runs. Finally, the only thing that could stop Dyan from riding happened, she found she was expecting their first child. Although Mike rode a little bit while Dyan was expecting, he didn’t really go out as much. On September 9, 2001, Dyan and Mike rode in their last charity ride together.
Dean’s birth on July 8, 2001, was the high point of Mike’s life. He gladly took his turn changing diapers, feeding Dean and loving Dean. Fatherhood completed Mike.
The last month of Mike’s life was one of his happiest ever. In August, he had attended his grandparent’s 59th anniversary dinner where he got to see his family, including his dad, in from out of town. This was just one of the many opportunities Mike took to show off his pride and joy, Dean.
Mike’s 37th birthday was September 2nd. In the week following, Mike and Dyan were at home one evening and Dyan told Mike how perfect her life was. She had him, a wonderful man, she had Dean, her beautiful baby boy, she had a beautiful home…she had everything. The joy in Mike’s eyes was obvious.
On the morning of September 11th, Mike Zinzi woke up a little later then normal. Although Mike kissed Dyan goodbye every morning, awake or asleep, that morning she was awake feeding Dean. Mike kissed Dyan and Dean goodbye and patted his baby’s head and said, “he’s such a good boy.” Dyan remembers hearing the garage door open, then close and she remembers smelling Mike’s cologne on Dean’s forehead where he kissed him. Then Mike drove off to catch the train.
Mike was often heard to quote something his secretary Toula, said, “A happy wife is a happy life.” Mike made Dyan a happy woman and in return, Mike Zinzi left this world a happy man.
He will be missed by everyone.
Dyan promises to keep the memory of Dean’s dad alive. She will make sure that Dean knows that his Dad did not choose to leave him, instead he wanted to be here for him every moment of his life and he wanted to be the best father in the world. Dyan tells Dean each that she loves him and…his daddy loves him, too.
Dean now has his own guardian angel watching over him.