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David Zanin, 42, of Great Barrington

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By Monday, Dec 31, 2018 Obituaries

David J. Zanin, 42, of Great Barrington, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Fairview Hospital. He was born Feb. 21, 1975, in Fairfax, Virginia, to Nora Tuller Zanin and Thomas John Zanin. David attended Berkshire Hills public schools, graduated from Monument Mountain Regional High School in 1995, and obtained both bachelor’s (2005) and master’s (2010) degrees from American International College in Springfield.

David Zanin

Dave was an outstanding athlete, receiving athletic scholarships to Maine Central Institute and American International College for his devotion to the sport of football. He began his career in Berkshire County playing for the Southern Berkshire Chargers and then for Monument, where he won the respect of so many as a stand out on the football field. He shared the love of his sport in most recent years, coaching for Monument Mountain and Lee high schools, where he made an impact, both on and off the field, in the lives of youth.

Dave was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Stockbridge Sportsmen’s Club where he had many friends who shared in his passion for outdoor sports. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and watching his nephew, niece and cousins play sports. Dave often shared stories about his athletic career and the memories made along the way; the years he spent in the Outer Banks of North Carolina; his experiences with wildlife as a hunter and outdoorsman; and the time he spent with his grandfather, John (Zip) Zanin.

Dave left a mark on all those he met with his realistic approach to life, always using his quick, sharp wit to put things in perspective. He spoke his mind, was well respected for his views and had the ability to make everyone he came in contact with smile.

Dave is survived by his mother, Nora Zanin of Great Barrington; and his brother, Brian Zanin and wife,Monica of Stockbridge. Besides his mother and brother, he leaves nephew Nick; niece Julia; many cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors; and countless friends. He was predeceased by his father, Thomas John Zanin; and grandparents John and Mary Tuller and John and Jackie Zanin.

There are no calling hours. David’s family would like for those interested to join them in a celebration of his life to be held at the Stockbridge Sportsmen’s Club, 24 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Berkshire Chargers Youth Football Organization in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

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