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  • Honoring the Life of Dante J. Zambrini

    by Representative Tim Ryan

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    RYAN of ohio in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Mr. RYAN of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Dante J. Zambrini, former superintendent of Canfield Schools and interim vice president of Eastern Gateway Community College.

    Dante was born April 12, 1954, in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the son of Joseph A. and Ann (Peters) Zambrini. The son of an immigrant father, Dante was very proud of his Italian heritage and spoke fluent Italian.

    A graduate of Ursuline High School, he later earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education and Administration from Youngstown State University, and devoted his life to education in our Valley. He served as superintendent of Canfield Schools, retiring in 2012, and then assumed the position of interim vice president of Eastern Gateway Community College.

    Dante is remembered as a wonderful man who always put his students' needs before his own. In every position he served during his career, he was respected by all and served as a fine example of educational excellence.

    Professionally, he was a member of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Mahoning County Association of Elementary School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and served as the director of the Associated Schools Employees Credit Union and Phi Delta Kappa.

    Always active in the community, Mr. Zambrini was a member of the Rotary Club of Canfield where he served as president from 2010 to 2011, vice president from 2009 to 2010, and was a three-time recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

    He was a member of the Canfield Historical Society, where he served two terms as a director, Friends of Riverside Gardens, Canfield Community Club, lifetime member of the Youngstown State University Alumni Association, served as a trustee of the James and Coralie Centofanti Foundation and served on the Canfield steering committee for the new Canfield Library.

    Dante is survived by his cousins, Dominic (Georgette) Peters, Thomas (Lucy) Peters, Eugene (Diane) Marra, Frank (Karen) Marra, James Peters, Donna (Walt) Chmielewski, Norma (Gerald) Vrabel, Patty (Thomas) Halas, Jean (Gerald) Vrabel, Debbie Rose, Annie Marra, Michael (Stacey) Durkin, Tim (Jill) Durkin and others including Polly Marsh; and his neighbor and dear friend, Joyce (Loran) Brooks, whom he considered a second mother.

    There is no doubt that the fabric of the Mahoning Valley community was strengthened by Dante's lifelong work in education, and his steady commitment to community service. His influence will be missed, but I join with the rest of Northeast Ohio in grateful thanks for his many years of contributions to our community.


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