OSWEGO — Zachary Albert Verdoliva, 27, of Oswego, died unexpectedly at home on July 2, 2019, due to an accidental drug overdose.

Zachary was born on March 5, 1992 in Oswego to Amy (Scott) Ponzi Pelow of Oswego and Ronald (Terri Penfield) Verdoliva Jr. of Tennessee. He had remained a resident of Oswego for most of his life.

Zachary was a Trinity Catholic School Alumnus. He also attended Monroe Community College for two semesters.

During his childhood, Zachary enjoyed playing on the local soccer and travel soccer teams for several years. As an adult, Zachary was past employed with Novelis and also worked with his father as a laborer at CCC group, Tennessee. Much to the disdain of his family, Zachary was always proud of his beard growing ability. However, his proudest moment was becoming a father to his son, Connor Verdoliva of Endwell, New York.

Zachary is also survived by his siblings, Isabella Pelow of Oswego and Jordan Verdoliva of Tennessee; stepsiblings Ashley Rhoades of North Carolina, Eric Pelow of Oswego, Mitchell Pelow of Oswego and Lindsay Gardner of North Carolina; maternal grandparents Linda and Ronald Shurr of Oswego; paternal grandmother Donna Verdoliva of Oswego; maternal great-grandma Jacqueline Ponzi of Oswego; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was pre-deceased by his paternal grandfather; Ronald Verdoliva Sr., and maternal grandfather Albert “Butch” Ponzi.

Funeral service and calling hours were held privately at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Connor Verdoliva’s Education Fund.