January 31, 1961 - December 4, 2020

John Anthony Zankowski, a lifelong resident of Revere, MA, was taken from us too soon at the age of 59. John passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2020. John will be forever remembered as the youngest, loving, and special child of the late Anthony A. and Dolores A. (Cecere/DiGiulio) Zankowski. John was a beloved brother to the late Denise (Zankowski) Winter and her late husband Edward, and sisters Darlene (Zankowski) O’Keefe and husband Thomas, and Doreen M. Zankowski, Esq. and her partner Billie Jean Potter. He leaves behind his beloved nieces, Kimberly Winter, Tara Diefenbach (Paul), Tina Gongas (William), and nephew Daniel Winter (Kenneth Holgersen). John was great uncle to Mia McLean, Lucas and Alexia Gongas, and Thomas and Declan Diefenbach. He leaves behind many cousins who love him. John was special indeed. His early life included his enrollment in the prestigious May Institute in Chatham, MA, where he lived away from his family at great angst to his parents and siblings. At the May Institute, he thrived and overcame many of life’s obstacles from autism. Upon returning home, John was forever cared for by his family. He was a very funny guy and could surprise those around him with some salty talk and funny expressions. John’s persona created a sense of love, duty, honor, and empathy in his family. His sisters always felt a duty to protect him, Include him in their activities, and make sure he was loved and understood. He will be forever remembered. He is with his mother, father and sister now, and at peace. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Church 250 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:00am, everyone to meet directly at church (Names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in John’s name to the May Institute, 41 Pacella Drive, Randolph, MA 02368, and designate the Revere May Facility as the beneficiary or at MayInstitute.Org.

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