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On Sunday May 9th, 2021, Jacob E. Zampella Jr., beloved husband and father of 2 children, passed away at the age of 75.
Jay was born on December 31st, 1945 in Danville Virginia. Jacob was a decorated Vietnam Veteran who served as a Captain in the United States Army.
On April 8th, 1978, he married Chantal Zampella. They raised a daughter, Virginia, and a son, Nick.
Jay had a passion for cars. He loved Corvettes and racing. He was an avid music lover. He was known for his quick wit, his personality, and his kind compassionate spirit.
Jay is survived by his wife, Chantal; his 2 children, Virginia and Nick; his 3 grandchildren, Clint, Victoria, Alexandra; and several extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Jacob’s name.
Carolina Cremation is assisting the Zampella family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Anne ECONOMOU says
Jay, we will never forget your good spirit. We always remember good time with your family. Rest In Peace. ECONOMOU Family
Alan (Tich) Millar says
You asked me to play lead guitar in your band ‘Kansas City’ in Riyadh in the mid 80s with Blake Werner (guitar) , John Hill (drums) and the unforgettable velvet tones of ‘Big’ Larry Bridges on vocals. We practiced until we were a great little outfit. We became the best of friends and my late wife Debbie became especially close to Chantal. (I remember her loving their trip to Hong Kong together.)
You visited us in Scotland, then life just got in the way until we occasionally called or emailed.
I thought about those days often and have never removed the gold guitar you had made for me from around my neck.
It’s the one tangible thing I have always treasured… even more so now.
Safe journey Jay.
All my love to Chantal, Virginia, Nick, and Clint.
Blake Werner says
Dear Chantal, Nick, and Virginia my thoughts are with you. I am heartbroken. Many, many happy memories of Jay and our time together in Saudi as well as visiting you all in Charlotte. The years go by all to quickly. Love, Blake
Vince Shelton says
Sympathy to family. I graduated with Zeke from Chatham High. Great friend and had that winning smile-laugh. Miss you.
Tracey Yeaman says
Dear Chantal, Virginia, Nick and family….sending condolences for you all ! I have fond memories of knowing your family in Chatham.
In sympathy and prayers,
Tracey Johnson Yeaman
Trudy Johnson says
Chantal and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Nick, and Virginia in the loss of Jay. It was always a joy to spend time with you all in our Chatham residences. May you be comforted by fond family memories.
Jeanne Giles says
Jay and I went through grade school, high school, band, and life in general together. Have always been close to him. My deepest sympathies to you and your children.
Dear Zampella Family, only recently I learned about Jay’s passing, hence these late condoleances. I knew Jay way back in the early seventies in Amsterdam during his holidays from Ryadh. Though it is almost 50 years ago I have never firgotten this gentle, intelligent man with his love for music and Corvettes! Again my sincere condoleances.