Dominic "Danny" Zinnie, 94, passed away in the early morning on Friday, October 8, 2021. Born to the late William and Rose Zinnie, in 1927, Danny was a loving husband to his late wife, Vera, father to his late son, Daniel, and brother to his late sister, Rose Rita. Dominic is survived by his daughter, Gabriele Zinnie Styles, three grandchildren, Michele, Stephanie, and Daniel, and a plethora of great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Marianne Skerda, as well as many nieces and nephews. All who knew and crossed paths with him loved him and his zest for life dearly and admired his incredible journey throughout the years.
Danny was Philadelphia born and raised on Aramingo Avenue in Port Richmond. He started his education at Saint Anne's and went on to be a proud graduate of North Catholic High School. During his time in high school, at the height of World War II, Danny and his friends learned how to fly a Piper Cub, but he always had his sights set on the water. Eager to help in the war effort, Danny enlisted in the army just shy of his eighteenth birthday.
Danny had a long and decorated military career, including defending our country in the Battle of Okinawa and the Korean War. Danny was the recipient of various military decorations, most notably two purple hearts and the bronze star. It was during the allied occupation of Germany that Danny met his late wife, Vera, and her daughter, Gabriele.
Between stints in the military, Danny returned home to Philadelphia where he started a family with Vera. While working with the National Guard, Danny became a Philadelphia detective for PTC (now SEPTA), and continued detective work until his retirement. After an impressive career, Danny retired to Florida with his wife, where they stayed together until her passing. While in Florida, Danny re-discovered his love for boating. His favorite pastime was creating ships in a bottle, and he was even featured in magazines for his work.
In addition to his military and detective work, Danny was a Master Mason, and past worshipful master of Saint John's Lodge in Philadelphia. An active member of the LuLu Shrine, Danny particularly loved his participation in the Oriental Band.
Everyone who knew loved and met Danny has nothing but fond memories of this incredible man. He is remembered as someone who never had a negative thing to say about anyone. Danny was the epitome of optimism. Everyone remembers him fondly as the best husband, father, brother, and uncle. Even well into his old age, and after he had survived so many loved ones, he was always so much fun to be around. A lifelong pipe smoker, Danny would patrol his apartment complex in the evenings and let everyone know he was mosquito control and supervisor of the plants. He was supremely active into his last days with us.
Danny will be missed by many, but his incredible stories will survive for years to come.
Dominic "Danny" Zinnie's visitation will be held from Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at Saint Dominic Parish, 8504 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136, followed immediately by The Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Interment immediately following at Saint Dominic Cemetery.
In place of flowers, please instead consider a donation to one of the organizations that Danny personally held dear:
Priests of the Sacred Heart, PO Box 900 Hales Corner, WI 53130
Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Saint John's Lodge #115 F.A.A.M, 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Shriners Hospitals for Children
3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19140