James "Jim" Andrew Zeck, 75, a retired school teacher and longtime resident of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away suddenly Wednesday (Jan. 17, 2018) at his home.
In his immediate family, he is survived by his wife of 43 years Joyce (Niner) Zeck; son James Zeck Jr. of Washington, D.C.; son Jay Zeck, daughter-in-law Rose and grandson Andrew of McLean, Virginia; brother Pete Zeck Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina; and sister Jean (Zeck) Abrunzo of Clarksburg, Maryland.
Born at home on Aug. 15, 1942, in Hutchinson, Jim was the son of the late Pete Zeck and Caroline (Mozuke) Zeck. He was a 1960 graduate of West Fairmont Senior High, where he excelled playing basketball, and was a graduate of Fairmont State College having studied history.
As a young man, Jim raced horses with his father and enjoyed those quiet moments at the Zeck farm outside Fairmont. He moved to Maryland in 1968 to teach in Montgomery County Public Schools at Richard Montgomery High for 30 years. Jim and Joyce met through a friend while bowling in 1972 and he later designed and built their colonial home in Gaithersburg where they lived for more than 40 years and raised a family.
Each weekend Jim was proudly with his boys and their activities; each summer he was driving the family car to travel near and far. He had a quick wit that kept everyone smiling and a long memory that could recall nearly every experience. He saved little time for himself and cherished all time with his family. His gentle way was a comfort and he lived fully, even up to his last day.
Jim gave his life's energy to his family and they are so thankful and blessed because of it. A gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date.
Published on January 22, 2018