Zachary “Zach” J. Wainey

June 30, 1996 - March 14, 2019

Zachary James Wainey was born in Kostroma, Russia. A former resident of Brecksville, Ohio, Zach moved to Cape Coral with his family in 2007. He passed away at the age of 22 on March 14, 2019.

Zach was full of compassion, passion and empathy for animals. From an early age, he rescued abandoned and lost animals. From baby birds which he hand-fed and taught to fly to a half-frozen cat we welcomed into our home and eventually re-homed at a local comic book store, there was no animal immune to his charm. The family’s household pets each have a rescue story, so it was no surprise that Zach entered the veterinary field. He leaves behind a legacy of working with a variety of local animal shelters and rescue groups.

Zach’s curiosity lead to an interest in the environment and history of Florida. He volunteered for many years at Randell Research Center on Pine Island. Fishing and boating on Lake Erie at the family’s second home in Catawba Island, Ohio, were the highlight of many a summer day. Zach was very proud when he obtained his boating license. He had a knack for catching fish even with a homemade string and hook dangled over the boat dock.

Zach enjoyed cooking and was often in the kitchen experimenting with spices and sauces. He recently developed an interest in painting and other artistic mediums. He generously shared his culinary and artistic endeavors with family and friends.

Zach was the kind of young man people naturally turned to when in need, whether for a ride to work, a loan, or an open ear and a shoulder to lean on. He was a teen mentor for many years with a local group. Zach’s heart knew no bounds.

Zach is survived by his parents, James and Deborah Wainey, his sister, Catherine Wainey, and his dear friend, Autumn Martin. He was predeceased by his grandparents and his aunts, Helen Zebrowski and Sharon Zebrowski. On the paternal side, Zach is survived by his godparents, Michael and Annette Wainey, his uncle, Charles Wainey, and his aunt and uncle, Christine and Patrick Yoney. On the maternal side, Zach is survived by his uncles, Joseph Zebrowski, Donald Zebrowski and Michael Zebrowski, as well as his aunt and uncle, Patricia and David Specian. Extended family as well as a multitude of friends who were dear to him will surely miss Zach.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

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