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Grand Marshall 2019 - John Zuccarelli

    John Zuccarelli is the son of an Italian father and an Irish mother. His Calabrian heritage has always been a strong source of pride for him and his family claiming relations to important cultural figures like the17th century landscape artist Francesco Zuccarelli.   Although John grew up modestly like many other Italian immigrant families in Brooklyn, New York, he was always able to hold employment and contribute to his household of 4 siblings while maintaining his studies.  His relentless dedication to education was a constant theme is his life leading to his attaining a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from St. Johns University, a National Science Fellowship Grant  for a Master of Science in Mathematics from Aldephi University, and a completion of State Certification as a School Administrator.   His love of education didn’t stop there.  For the past 55 years, John  has  been a Mathematics educator holding positions of teacher, Chairperson of the Mathematics Department in NYC and Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computers at St. Vincent’s College, St. John’s University, and presently an  Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics  at Suffolk County Community College. While attending St. Johns University, John met his wonderful wife Valerie who also shares his love for education.  They have been married for 54 years and have three loving and successful daughters  and five delightful grandchildren.

After visiting friends in the Hamptons since the 1970s, John and Valerie decided to make the Hampton Bays their home in 1997.  John became immediately involved in local organizations including the Hampton Bays Beautification Association (serving as treasurer for 8 years);  Hampton Bays Civic Association;  Chairperson of Hampton Bays Citizens Advisory Committee; US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 18-03 ( serving as Flotilla Commander, Vessel Examiner , Crew, and Public Education ); the Irish American Society of the Hamptons; the Italian American Society of the Hamptons; St. Rosalie Church (member of the Gala Committee); and the Good Ground Park association (serving as Co-Chair for the determination of options). Within the Town of Southampton, John served  on the  Board of Assessment Review, the Conservation Board, Chairman of the Architectural Review Board and is presently serving on the Planning Board.   In John’s spare time he enjoys sailing , hiking, traveling, and the theater with his wife as well as tutoring all of his grandchildren in math.

His  Italian/Irish parents provided him with a great sense of the value of family, friends and the work ethic. One of the greatest benefits of being a part  of the Hampton Bays and Southampton communities are the many wonderful people  who he  had the pleasure to meet, work, volunteer , and socialize within this delightful environment.


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