Obituary for Zachary Charles Riddick
Zachary Charles Riddick was born on January 26, 1954 to the late Charles and Marion Riddick, at Harlem hospital in New York City. He was the oldest of two children produced by this union, and preceded in death by his sister Marsha.
Little Zach, as his family and friends affectionately called him, was an excellent student and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, in the Bronx, June 1972. Because of his intelligence and love for learning, he continued schooling at Bronx Community College and later Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Zach met his future wife one evening in 1973, at the Statler Hilton Hotel in NYC, while she was out for an evening of dancing with her cousin. The rest was history. On January 11, 1975, Zach married Deborah Crichlow. From this union three girls were born: Crystal, Karina and Nikita.
Zach was one of the youngest men to achieve the position of Traffic Manager for several companies including CPC International in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. He received his certificate as a Teacher of Transportation and Traffic Management, and taught for several years at the World Trade Center. Because of the long commute to work, he moved his family from Brooklyn, New York to Englewood, New Jersey in 1978. Zach continued work in the Transportation field for many years, but with technology advances changed his work focus to Sales.
Two of Zach's great loves were music and movies. Smokey Robinson was his all time favorite artist. He collected all of Smokey's albums and never missed an opportunity to see him in concert. He loved music so much, his youngest daughter was named after an Elton John record! Zach had a phenomenal memory. He could quote lines, remember characters and details from classic movies. His trivia memory was astonding! Zach also loved sports-football, basketbalin particular. He enjoyed watching or attending the games with friends, but he didn't just watch. He was athletic, and played footall not only in high school, but also for fun after graduating. He played softball for many years on the neighborhood softball team. So, when his daughters were big enough to swing a bat, he enrolled them in the Pee Wee League in Teaneck, New Jersey and became one of the coaches.
In recent years, Zach's health declined when he suffered a major stroke in 2013 and became a resident at Split Rock Nursing facility in the Bronx. Despite his physical decline, anyone who visited him can attest to the fact that he kept his memory, sense of humor, and his love for his family and friends in tact. Zackery fell asleep in death on Monday, August 21, 2017, with his 3 daughters by his side. Although he sleeps now, Zach will have the chance to lean more about his Creator, Jehovah God, when he is resurrected to life with the propect of never dying again.
Zachry is survived by his daughters Crystal, Karina and Nikita along with their mother, Deborah Riddick; one grandson, Rashaad; two nephews, Carlos and Curtis Castillo and his wife Nekeia; one uncle, Melvin Riddick and his wife Ollie; special cousins Racquel Brown, Vincent Gayle, Jacquie Riddick and Karen Braimah and her husband Abdul; lifelong friend Owen Rowe; special friends, Charles Shepard and Lolita Edwards, many other family members and a host of dear friends.