Michael Zick

Died: August 21, 2019
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Michael Zick passed into his new life on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Michael was born in Utica, NY. He was the son of August and Marietta.
He grew up in Whitesboro, NY where he attended grade school and played Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1965. He studied Mathematics at St. Bonaventure University and graduated in 1969. He remained a loyal Bonnie for the rest of his life, attending several Men’s Basketball games with his friend Dick and college roommate Dan.
In 1969, he joined IBM in Endicott, NY as a junior programmer. In 1973, the love his life Christine agreed to marriage. Their union was blessed with wonderful children, Ben in 1977 and Sara in 1n 1979.
In 1974 he earned a Master’s degree from SUNY Binghamton in Computer Systems. At IBM, he held a variety of programming and management jobs during his 24½ years in Endicott. In 1994, his job moved to Poughkeepsie NY where he completed the remaining 18 years of his professional life working on CAD/CAM/CAE products for IBM and Dassault Systemes. One of the joys of this time was frequent trips to Paris to visit Dassault Systemes offices and personnel.
Throughout his life he was devoted to area youth. His teaching in his parishes’ sacramental programs and coaching soccer at the recreational, travel and high school levels. These experiences provided many rewarding life-time relationships with his players and students and fellow coaches. Throughout his illness, his wife Christine remained a devoted companion and advocate, extending both the quality and quantity of his life.
Michael was a legendary photographer in his own mind. With the invaluable help of Christine, shot several weddings. Sports photography was his passion.
Michael loved singing with the Downtown Singers and Binghamton University Chorus, running, hiking golf and camping. He ran the Boilermaker Road Race twice with his son, Ben. With his hiking buddy, Dave, he completed the Adirondack 46 High Peaks. He also ventured into New Hampshire for the Presidential Traverse and conquered several neighboring states’ high spots but ran out of time before finishing the Finger Lakes Trail.
Michael was predeceased by his father August, his Father and Mother in-law Chester and Mary, and brother-in-law Brian.
A fond good-bye to longtime BFFs John, Dave, Denny, Tom and Patti, Livy and Marty, Jack and Mary, Harry and Jane, Dave and Peg, Bill and Susan, Steve and Sue, Dan and Katie, as well as later life friends, Michelle and Jerry, Bob and Carol, Dawn and Peter, Nicki and Alan, Tom and Toni, Dave and MaryBarb , Bill and Marcy, and Bruce and Betsy. You all brought something special to my life. Thank you.
Michael is survived by Christine, his loving wife of 46 years, his son Benjamin, his daughter Sara and her husband Matthew and their daughter, his beloved granddaughter Lillian, his mother Marietta, his brother Tim and sisters-in -law Karen and Janet . He is also survived by nephews Joshua, Matthew, and Michael, niece Andrea, as well as several cousins’ grandnieces and nephews.
Michael would like to especially thank Dr. Bruce Bowling, Dr. Rahul Seth, Dr. Madhuri Yalalmanchili and Nurse Practitioner Debra Scaffer for their care and concern, giving him 16 extra months of life for which to be grateful and tidy up. A special shout out to Shelly and the staff at UHS for their care and compassion during the chemotherapy treatments, and to the staff and volunteers at Mercy House.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday 11 am at Church of the Holy Family, 3600 Phyllis Street, Endicott. The family will receive friends at church Monday from 9:30 am until Mass time at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Mercy House or the Broome County Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry.

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Date: Monday, August 26, 2019

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Church Of The Holy Family


3600 Phyllis Street, Endwell, NY, 13760

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Service Information

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Church Of The Holy Family


3600 Phyllis Street, Endwell, NY, 13760

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Died: August 21, 2019

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Reinhard Hohensee posted on 9/5/19

Christine, Ben, and Sara, We are so very sorry for your loss. We’re left with many wonderful memories of good times spent with Mike in Endicott, Somers, and Boulder. He was such a genuine, cheerful, warm human being. And above all, such a devoted father and husband. We’re thinking of you and praying for you in this terribly difficult time. Reinhard and Diane Hohensee


Joseph Lee posted on 8/27/19

Christine and Family: We loved Michael for his humanity, kindness and generosity! He will be missed by many. God bless you and your family Joe Lee


Jim Kunz posted on 8/27/19

I am deeply saddened to hear of Mike's passing and offer the deepest of condolences to his family and friends. Mike was the technical lead on my first project when I joined IBM in 1981 and his humor and intelligence were an inspiration to a young programmer. Mike later became my manager and was someone I could rely on for an honest review. He was also the only manager who ever kissed me flush on the lips (as a joke when as he put it "You didn't think I would do that!). :) I last saw Mike this past year when I was out caroling with friends in his neighborhood and got a chance to say Hi. He still had that great smile and warm/welcoming way.


Janet McHugh posted on 8/26/19

Chris and family, Leo and I are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a wonderful person and will really be missed. We feel bad that we were not able to attend the funeral services this morning as we are out of town, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jan and Leo McHugh


Jane Riley posted on 8/26/19

I worked with Michael at both IBM and Dassault. I remember him as a kind, thoughtful man who lived his religion. My thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.


Mike Ferro posted on 8/26/19

My thoughts go out to Christine, Ben, Sara, the whole family and to all who loved Mike Zick. I worked with him in Endicott from 1981 until the early 1990s. He was a warm and sincere colleague who always sought the best in himself and others, and worked to help others lift themselves. I remember fondly a few particular conversations about lessons in life. I'm sure he's missed by many, and my thoughts are with you. Mike


Mary Garraty posted on 8/26/19

My thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family. Michael was a great person to work with and will always remember his zest for life in all that he did.


Jean-Michel MORIN posted on 8/26/19

We have been working together during more than 25 years by managing the relations between IBM and DASSAULT SYSTEMES. He was a real friend. At his farewell party, I said "you are a good man who does good things" God bless you I’m really moved by this sad news. All my thoughts and all my prayers for him and his family.


Chester Dougherty posted on 8/25/19

So sorry to read of Michael's passing. My working with his Dad and knowing his Mom I heard of how proud they were of their children My thoughts and prayers to all family members and thinking of Mom at this difficult time.


Franck Jouy (Dassault Systemes, France) posted on 8/25/19

Thoughts and prayers for this man, with great respect. Remembering this long story between IBM & DS, working together to make things happen and delivering many releases and announcements to the market. We worked together as representatives of both companies, always in good cooperation spirit. I keep a very strong souvenir of Michael, his human qualities, his friendly and warm relationship, and his always supportive attitude. He was always taking care also when dramatic events were occurring in Paris and taking news. Warm thoughts to his family


James Thompson posted on 8/25/19

To the family and friends of Michael Zick, I just wanted to express my deepest sympathies. I’ve known Michael during our years together at both IBM and Dassault Systems. Sometimes I would bump into him at the golf range, and the one thing I always remembered was that smile he always wore when he approached you. Michael always demonstrated a positive attitude, positive energy and a passion for what he was involved in. He always took the time, made the time, just to say hello. Every time we rode together to Boston, along the way he always stopped the conversation to point out where the highway and the Appalachian trail intersected. He will be missed, and again, just wanted to extend my sympathies to his family and close friends. James Thompson, IBM/Dassault Software Pricing.


Tom Dunn posted on 8/24/19

I have always felt that a hug from Michael real, sincere and truly from the heart. It is so hard to lose a one of a kind friend like Michael. A Devout Man Taken Too Soon.


Toni posted on 8/24/19

I will always be grateful to Mike for the care & cocern he expressed to Rick, after Jason died. He knew that Rick was keeping a lot inside & he reached out to him. Mike was such a good person & I will miss him. He was caring, smart, & had a great sense of humor. He lived his faith & his compassion for soccer & taking great pictures will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to Chris, Ben, Sarah & her family, as you mourn the loss of your Husband & Father...


John E. Houle posted on 8/23/19

My sincere condolences to the Zick family. Mike was a great guy. Always kept me, and other classmates, up to date on Bonaventure Basketball which we shared a passion for since our Bona undergraduate days on 2nd Dev. After many years of no contact with St. Bonaventure, Mike e-mailed me and pulled me back in over 10 years ago for which I’m forever grateful. 2012 I texted Mike from the AC old Convention Center as Andrew Nicholson lead Bona to the A10 championship. We were beside ourselves with joy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Mike will be in my prayers and thoughts.


Tom Gezo posted on 8/23/19

We are all better people for having known Michael. God bless and rest his soul. My sincerest sympathies.


Matt and Sheryl Scudder posted on 8/23/19

Our thoughts and prayers go to the Zick Family. I’ll always remember working with him at the OLA bazaar and pancake breakfasts. The world is a lesser place without him.


Geralyn (Huss) Theriault - Wells, ME posted on 8/23/19

My cousin Mike was always someone I looked up to, even after he went to Woodstock...and I didn't. Whenever we saw him with Chris they just glowed - they were so happy together. I'm sorry we never connected again after I left NY for college, but we did exchange Christmas cards - thank you Chris, I figured that wasn't Mike's handwriting! - every year. Mike was a really cool cousin, a great guy, a good man. I'm going to miss him. Chris, Ben and Sara, and Aunt Ta, I'm so sorry. My prayers are with you all.


Thomas G. Byrne posted on 8/23/19

My sincere sympathies! Just last week, I fondly told the story of my first encounter with Michael when he said with a smile to me, "Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Dassault Systemes is not IBM. They do things in their own time."


Jonathan Steele posted on 8/23/19

Michael was such a kind and loving soul. It was a privilege to spend many of my years at IBM and Dassault working with him.


David Small posted on 8/22/19

Mike and I were joint bridge players at SBU. After graduation, he was my roommate in Endicott where we both worked at IBM. Mike was a great human being. He was someone you could always trust. For the years I knew him, he was kind to everyone. His dedication to his alma mater made a huge difference to the university and for that I am sure they will always be indebted. Mike's family and all of us have lost a great man. We will all miss him and be assured, I will miss him.