Edward Carmen Zacaroli, 88 years old, passed away peacefully, with loved ones by his side on Wednesday February 25, 2015 following an illness and several months of hospitalization.
Edward was born in Utica on May 7, 1926, a son of the late of Carmen and Cora (Nudo) Zacaroli. Ed was a life-long resident of Utica. On June 10, 1950 he married Mary Josephine Roehrig of Utica. The couple shared a loving and devoted marriage for nearly 51 years before Mary passed away suddenly on May 29, 2001.
During the 1950's Ed owned and operated a jewelry business and, later a food refrigeration and delivery business. Ed's true passion was technology. In 1957 he began a long engineering career at Sperry Rand, later Univac in Utica. While at Univac, Ed played a key role in the development of early computing systems for technical and business applications. In 1969 he co-founded Hamilton Digital Controls (HDC), Inc. HDC grew to become one of the largest employers in the area from the mid-1970's through the late 1980's. Ed was a member of the New York State Urban Development Corporation High Technology Advisory Council, which did much to attract emerging high technology companies to New YorkState during the 1980's. He was a member of the Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council, and was Chairman of the Mohawk Valley Applied Technology Commission. Following his retirement from HDC in 1990, Ed continued to be active in his field, consulting with several companies on technology development initiatives. In 1992 Ed was awarded a patent for an automatic tuning control device for stringed musical instruments.
Edward and Mary frequently traveled to the Caribbean and Europe, and particularly loved Italy, where they spent many beautiful vacations.
Edward is survived by his four children: Richard Zacaroli and his wife Lori of Sacramento, CA; Steven Zacaroli of Utica; Elaine Saccoia and husband Anthony of Utica; and Diane Spera and husband Tim of Westford, MA. Ed is also survived by ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by two brothers, Alexander and Robert.
Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 1-3 pm at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc. 1122 Culver Ave. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of visitation at 3:00 pm at the funeral home, with the Rev. Anthony LaFache officiating. Private entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Sunday, March 01 2015