PITTSFIELD, Mass. — David Paul “Zip” Zerbato, 50, of Pittsfield passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Berkshire Medical Center.
Born June 5, 1967, to Alice Zerbato of Lee and the late Mario Zerbato, he graduated from Lee High School in 1985 and earned his degree in Sports Management from UMass Amherst. In 1994 he began working for the American Hockey League and the Albany River Rats as a marketing representative. He went on to work as Branch Manager of Adecco Staffing in Pittsfield. He was co-founder of ZipStohr Promotions, producing comedy shows to benefit local charities.
He married his wife, Sherry (Green) Zerbato, on October 2, 1999.
Zip was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants. For many years he managed and played in the men’s softball league. His greatest passion was coaching his sons, as well as others in Pittsfield South Little League, and Babe Ruth, teaching them lessons both on and off the field.
Family meant everything to him. He continued the tradition of his father’s annual July 4 picnic and “Firecracker” jarts competition with family and friends. One of his favorite holidays was the annual Zerbato Christmas Eve gathering. He will be missed by his family, countless friends and the baseball community.
Besides his wife Sherry of Pittsfield, David leaves two sons, Zachary and Camden, both at home; his mother Alice Zerbato; his brothers Robert (Lynn) and Alan; his in-laws, Donald and Linda Green; his sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Michael Snyder; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral notice: Services will take place Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 9 a.m.. from the Flynn & Dagnoli-Bencivenga Funeral Home, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church.
Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Zachary and Camden Zerbato College Fund in care of the funeral home.