Zachary Harrison Schwartz – ‘Z’ to his family and friends – age 14, of Brewster, died September 1, 2019, after a courageous battle against leukemia. He was born May 28, 2005, in Danbury, CT, the son of Marc and Joelle (West) Schwartz. He attended Brewster Schools.
Zach was athletic and loved school. He was a great teammate to have, playing basketball, football, and baseball on the local teams. He truly loved the game of baseball and his Brewster Bombers travel team held a special and significant place in his heart. He was a High Honors student.
Z loved spending time with his family and friends; his favorite pastimes were playing video games and sports with his friends and teasing his sister. He loved the beach – especially at Cape May and East Hampton, and was an avid fan of The Yankees, The Giants. He happily embraced both his Methodist and Jewish heritage.
Upon his diagnosis, Zach decided he wanted to create a charity to raise funds toward fighting childhood cancers. He created the Relay for Life team, ZACC (Zach Attacks Childhood Cancer) Attack. His team participated in their second Relay this past June and raised $12,000 toward fighting childhood cancers.
Zach is survived by his parents Marc and Joelle of Brewster and his sister Sadie. He also leaves his grandfathers, Steve Schwartz (Bonnie) of Deerfield Beach, FL, and Sheldon West of Campbell, NY. He is survived by his Auntie Ei, Godmother, of New York, NY; his aunts, Jana West of Savona, NY, and Cheryl Hunter (Dave) of Stafford, VA; his uncles Philip West (Loren) of Marietta, GA, and David Schwartz of Deerfield Beach FL, and his cousins Abigail and Ian West of Marietta Ga, and Andrew and Alison Hunter of Stafford, VA. Zachary was predeceased by his grandmothers, Brenda West and Fran Schwartz.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster. Calling hours were Saturday, September 7 from 1-3 and 5-7pm. The funeral was held on Sunday at noon at Drew United Methodist Church, 28 Gleneida Ave, Carmel, NY 10512.