Thomas B. Zach, 86, passed away at home on May 25, 2021. Born in Northampton on September 20, 1934 he was the son of Boleslaw and Mary (Rutkowski) Zacharzewski. Tom grew up in Northampton and was a graduate of Northampton High School class of 1952. While in high school he started working at Foster Farrar Hardware for his cousin Stanley Zewski, where most notably he delivered merchandise to the former First Lady Grace Coolidge. He continued his studies after high school at AIC College in Springfield. Tom was proud of his 8 years of service in the Air National Guard at Barnes Airforce Base in Westfield.
In 1957 he met and married the love of his life Alice (Nicewicz) Zach, they moved to Easthampton and they shared 45 wonderful years together until her passing in 2002.
He was a dedicated worker, Tom retired after 45 years at the Gravure Engraving Company and attained the role of Engraving Supervisor.
Throughout the years Tom enjoyed watching sports, the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and the New England Patriots. In his younger years he loved fishing, especially with his two boys and even more when it was the opening day of fishing season. Tom and Alice were both avid polka fans. They traveled to many a polka events, the White Eagle, Ludlow PACC and many others, where they enjoyed the music, dancing and polish heritage.
Tom will be dearly missed by his two sons; Ronald and wife Michele Zach of Easthampton and Stephen Zach of Easthampton. He was a loving grandfather to Jeffrey Zach, Kristen Hallett and her husband Chad as well as a great-grandfather to Natalie Hallett.
Very loved in his life were his dogs, Fred, Mindy, Tuesday and present companion, Grommet.
Tom’s funeral will be held on Wednesday June 2, 2021 beginning at 9 AM at the Boucher-O’Brien Funeral Home, 7 Pleasant St., Easthampton with a Liturgy of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Valley Parish at 10 AM, a burial will follow in St Stanislaus Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, June 1 from 4-6 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Dakin Humane Society Animal Shelter 171 Union St., Spfld., MA 01105
The family would like to thank all the staff of both, the Holyoke Medical Center and the Holyoke VNA and Hospice Life Care for all their excellent care and compassion that was provided to their Dad.