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Salvatore Zacchia, NY-area produce veteran and fixture with the EPC, dies at 58

Salvatore Zacchia, a veteran of the New York produce scene and a member of the board of directors of the Eastern Produce Council, died March 26 at the age of 58.

Mr. Zacchia, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, NJ, was the business manager of produce for RDD Associates, a Totowa, NJ-based firm that optimizes go-to-market sales and marketing strategies. His involvement with the Eastern Produce Council began in 1995, and he served on the board since 2002, serving as treasurer for the last five years. In addition to his involvement with the EPC, he was a longtime supporter of the Produce Marketing Association.Sal-ZacchiaSalvatore Zacchia

"Sal was one of the hardest working members of our EPC board," said EPC President Vic Savanello. "He loved being associated with the EPC, and had incredible enthusiasm for our events and our programs. He was chairman of our annual golf outing, and a huge supporter of our many charities. But most of all he was a beloved friend to all of us, and we are brokenhearted that he will no longer be working at our side."

Outside of produce, Mr. Zacchia was vice president of the Seton Hall Basketball Booster Club, where he was affectionately known as "Pirate Sal." He was also an avid fan of the New York Yankees.

Mr. Zacchia was predeceased by his father, Nicola Zacchia. He is survived by his mother, Maria (Senese) Zacchia; his sister, Madeline Brigantino; his nephew, Christopher; his niece, Nicole; his brother-in-law, Raymond Brigantino, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and relatives in Ischia, Italy.

Visitation is March 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Petruccelli Funeral Home in Elizabeth. A funeral mass will be held March 30 at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, with entombment at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105, or to the WSOU Radio Station Fund in support of the Seton Hall Basketball Booster Club in honor of Sal Zacchia, 26 Darby Rd., East Brunswick, NJ, 08816.

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