Richard ‘Dick’ Zerrahn

Richard “Dick” Zerrahn, 66, of Palm Coast, Florida, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning on Feb. 11, 2017, at home with his loving wife Nancy and his family by his side.

Dick was born on Jan. 1, 1951, to Carl and Angie Zerrahn of Peru, New York. He went on to graduate from Peru Central High School and later earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ithaca College. After college, Dick went on to be a physical education teacher for 32 years in the Saranac Lake Central School District. He also helped cover the 1980 Olympic Winter Games for WNBZ and found himself sitting next to Dorothy Hamill during the “Miracle on Ice.”

Dick’s lifelong passion, however, was being a coach and teaching the game to others. During his tenure at SLCSD, Dick coached over 100 teams, which equates to thousands of student-athletes. Over the years, Coach Z coached almost every sport imaginable that the school offered at all levels. He took exceptional pride in coaching baseball and basketball, with his teams winning championships in each.

After retiring in 2006, Dick and his wife Nancy relocated to Palm Coast, Florida. During the past 10 years, Dick has enjoyed not shoveling a single snowflake. Dick has also been very active attending various sporting events around northeast Florida with his son Ian. Everything from minor and major league baseball to the Players Championship to Jaguars games to the NCAA tournament to NASCAR at the Daytona International Speedway — if they were keeping score, Dick was there.

This past March, Dick’s life was changed by his first grandchild being born. Mya Kennedy Zerrahn had grampa wrapped around her little finger from day one and brought more joy to Dick than a hanging curveball.

Dick is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 38 years, Nancy Zerrahn; his son Ian Zerrahn, daughter in-law Kari Zerrahn and granddaughter Mya Zerrahn; father Carl “Mike” Zerrahn; brothers Michael Zerrahn, David (Billiejoe) Zerrahn and John (June) Zerrahn; many nieces and nephews; and too many close friends Dick considered family to mention.

A memorial service will be held in Peru, New York, in the coming months for Coach Z. More information will follow.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Dick has asked that you play an extra game of catch or throw batting practice for a young athlete.