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Thomas J. Zayac Jr.

August 26, 1941 — September 16, 2020

Thomas J. Zayac Jr. age 79 of Canonsburg passed away peacefully Wednesday September 16, 2020 in his residence with his loyal and devoted wife of 55 years, Betty, by his side. He was born August 26, 1941 a son of the late Thomas J. and Helen Bochka Zayac Sr. Known throughout his life as “Sonny” and” Tom Tucker”, he was born and raised in Brookline. Prior to his retirement, Tom was owner of T. J. Zayac Company for many years and was a member of Ironworkers local 3. He and Betty raised their three wonderful children in Cecil and was a faithful member of the St. Mary’s Worship Site of Corpus Christi Parish. Those years with his young family were filled with fun and memorable times. He worked hard and taught his children that they could achieve anything they wanted in life. He enjoyed hunting at his camp in Tidioute, and fishing on his houseboat in Presque Isle. He was a fun loving, funny and caring father and always had plenty of great stories and life lessons to pass on to his family, who were the most important part of his life. Tom was the life of the party, quick to make everyone laugh and the kind of person anyone was happy to have a drink with. Later in life, he enjoyed all his friends at the Meadows Casino, traveling with his wife and most of all being with his family. Tom will be missed by many, but not soon forgotten. He was a hero who will remain with us forever. On September 25, 1965 at St. Stevens Church, in Hazelwood he married his dear wife of 55 years Betty J. Zimmerman, who survives. Also left behind to cherish his memory are his beloved children, Judith Kramer (Thomas), Thomas Zayac III and Colleen Dunn (Michael), his grandchildren, Morgan Kramer, Blake Miller (Andy), Thomas IV and Zoey Zayac, and Sarah and Michael Dunn, a sister Mary Lou Sichitano (George), brothers, Arthur Zayac (Barbara),Michael Zayac (Shely) and Victor Zayac (Ruth Ann), his extended family, sisters in law Bernadette Istik (Richard), Judith Thompkins (Dallas), Patricia Zimmerman and Barbara Harley (David), several nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Richard Perchach. Deceased in addition to his parents are his sister Julie Campbell and brothers in law Russell and Robert Zimmerman.
Friends and family are welcome from 2pm until 8pm Sunday September 20, 2020 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will be recited at 9:20 am Monday September 21, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Monday in the St. Mary’s Worship Site of Corpus Christi Parish, 10 St. Mary’s Lane Cecil, with interment to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be a limit of 25 persons at a time with face masks in the funeral home and church as stipulated by state mandate. To view or extend condolences please visit

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