Sidney Zachariah Haggett, 18 of Marcellus died Tuesday January 1, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Zach's short life story began August 10th, 2000. He was diagnosed with Mucolipidosis at 3 years old. He was given a life expectancy of less than 10 years but he proved everyone wrong! Although forever small, he was always mighty! His spirit and Courage would carry him through many surgeries and hardships throughout his young life. His rare disease made him a one in a million kid but a true inspiration to behold if you knew him. He could light up a room with a smile and fill a room with laughter with his incredibly quit wit.
His heart proved to be his biggest and most beautiful of all of his assets. Through his lifelong experiences and stays at the Gollisano Children's Hospital he developed a deep understanding of what it's like to be a sick child away from home who just needs to be distracted. Over the years he was involved with many organizations like Y94Radiothon, Children's Miracle Network and OttoThon raising money for the playrooms and clinics and even asking family to donate gifts to the hospital in lieu of presents for his own birthdays. He dressed up in a Santa suit and asked his friends at school to take selfies with "Zanta" and donated the proceeds to the hospital. His heart was much bigger than his tiny body could house. He made our family creed "Every day is a Gift" and that is was!
Zach's life as a student in Marcellus was a wonderful experience thanks to his TA, teachers, therapists and specials kids who made his time there as great as is was! He had so many special relationships and amazing friendships throughout the district and community thanks to the love and support from past to present. His years in chorus and Facs class brought him extra special joy and his job and Finally Ours Diner was the absolute highlight of his life! He could not have ended his life on a better note than to have been touched by a better group of amazing and beautiful people who not only work and run the diner but the customers who became his friends. You all made an amazing difference in his life and made the last years of his life so very special and we as his family are so very grateful to have been able to see our son see that kind of life accomplishment. That is beyond measure.
To Dr. Cherrick and our Nurses at the Clinic over the last 15 years, Especially Tracy And ThydaTeng Thank You for all of the love and hard work and long days and nights and endless heart you give every patient and every family long after your shift is over! We are so grateful for all of the years you have carried Zach through and kissed him goodbye and said see you next month and for the very last kisses you gave him. We Thank you for all of the in between from the bottom of our hearts.
Lastly thank you to Hospice of CNY and Upstate Homecare.
Zach was predeceased by his great grandparents and best friend "Nina" paternal Great-grandmother Natalie Haggett and Great-grandfather John Haggett and Maternal Great Grandmother "Grammy" Alice Bleich. Zach leaves behind his parents John and Brenda Haggett and sister like Aunt Micalla Schroder-Gadawski, his Aunt Lori(Gregory)Clos and his Aunt Krista(Shelwyn)Haggett. His Paternal grandparents Sidney Haggett and Mary Elizabeth Gadawski and his Maternal grandparents David and Nancy Hobbs, his Grandma Poorman, many Beloved aunts, uncles and cousins including his favorite Aunt Barbie and his very Best Friend Jack Howes.
Calling hours will be held Sunday January 6th from 2-5 PM and service to follow at
7965 Oswego Rd.
Liverpool, NY 13090
We are asking that donations be made in memory of Zach for ML Research to the Greenwood Genetics Center Foundation
113 Gregor Mendel Circle
Greenwood, SC 29646
Greenwood Genetics Center Foundation
113 Gregor Medical Circle, Greenwood SC 29646