Gregory “Greg” Zinni Obituary – The Canfield – Dr. Gregory S. Zinni, 63, a resident of Canfield, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Canfield on Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2021. Greg Zinni, the son of Chester and Loretta (Coloutes) Zinni, was delivered into the world on December 27, 1957 in the city of Youngstown. He graduated from Ursuline High School in 1975, where he served as both the President of the National Honor Society and the Captain of the Cross Country Team.
He went on to earn a degree in business. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Cincinnati, Greg went on to acquire his medical degree from The Ohio State University School of Medicine in 1982. Greg has been working at the Canfield location of the privately held office that he took over from Dr. Jack Schreiber in 1985. He has been there for more than 30 years. Additionally, he worked as a physician at Mercy Health and Southwoods Hospital in the capacity as an affiliate.
Greg developed a strong commitment to the cause of addiction recovery over the course of his whole professional life as a physician. He just recently earned his certification in addictionology, but he has already begun pursuing his lifelong goal of helping others recover from the effects of their addiction. Since 2015, he has considered it a privilege to have the opportunity to work in the practice with his daughter, Elizabeth.
It brought Dr. Zinni a great deal of comfort to know that his legacy would be well taken care of by his dedicated and devoted workers, as well as by the passionate hands of his daughter. Greg had a genuine passion for providing medical care to others, and he loved everyone of his patients as if they were members of his own family. Greg was an active member of Saint Christine’s Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, had previously worked as a CCD teacher, and participated in Renewal.
Whoever went to church with him knew that he always made sure that his singing voice was heard by the congregation. Greg has a wide range of skills and was quite active. He was enthusiastic about everything he did, from playing golf to working out at the gym; from dancing and singing to gardening and cooking; from coaching and sponsoring baseball for more than ten years to playing fantasy football and cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes.
Above all things, he treasured his job as Papi to his three lovely grandkids more than anything else. When they were all there, nobody can deny that it was difficult to determine who the genuine child was. Greg’s personality, which was larger than life, larger than his kindness, brilliance, enthusiasm, and altruism, will live on in people’s memories. Most significantly, as the pillar of his family and friends’ lives, he will be much missed for his ability to bring people together, for his ability to make others laugh and listen, and for his love that was never conditional.
Greg is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Freedman) Zinni, his children, Gregory Paul Zinni of Youngstown, Elizabeth Ann “Ebie” (Kenneth Daff) Zinni of Austintown, Carly Catherine Zinni and Natalie Marie Zinni both of Youngstown, and Grayson Stephen Zinni of Cortland; two step-children, Marisa Valicenti of Canfield and Matthew Valicenti of Boardman; three grandchildren, Adriana and
Greg was predeceased by his two brothers, Chester Zinni Jr. and Kenneth B. “Kenny” Zinni, in addition to his parents. On Thursday evening, January 14, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, family and friends are invited to the Rossi and Santucci Funeral Home, located at 4221 Market Street in Youngstown, to pay their condolences to the deceased.Father Richard Murphy will preside over Greg’s Mass of Christian Burial on Friday morning, January 15, 2021 at 10:00 am. The service will take place at Saint Christine’s Catholic Church located at 3165 S Schenley Ave. in Youngstown. Everyone is invited to attend.
The family, the funeral home, and the church will all follow the correct health procedures and the “6-Foot Rule” when it comes to social distance. Please protect your face by using a mask or other approved covering, as directed by the Governor. The family understands and appreciates if you are unable to attend the service, but would still value your thoughts and prayers as a memorial to Greg. The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, located in Boardman at 4221 Market Street, has been given the responsibility of making all of the necessary arrangements.
To everyone who is suffering from the death of Dr. Z, please keep in mind that his words of comfort to you would be “this too shall pass.”