Rock Hill, SC – Mr. Richard Bruce Zinky, 68 passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Atrium Health – Pineville.


Mr. Zinky was born in Bronx, NY, the son of the late Richard Zinky and the late Teresa Waag Zinky.  He originally worked as the financial controller for a retail garden center chain and then later as an operations controller and inventory auditor in the home furnishings industry.   He also served as a sergeant in the National Guard during the Vietnam War where he specialized in communications.


He had a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and though an accountant by trade was known to have been a skilled craftsman in his younger years when he had spent much time working with family as a restorer of old furniture. Notwithstanding his professional career, his most fondly remembered job was that of a clam digger for one season in his early twenties.


Though a native of the Tri-State Area, he spent many years working and living in Fort Lauderdale, FL before returning to Long Island, NY to raise his son closer to family.  In his final years he contentedly called Rock Hill, SC his home and spent countless hours enjoying the serenity of his screened in patio.

When not at home he enjoyed relaxing in the Outer Banks, visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains, and trying his hand at slot machines everywhere.  He also had an eye for collecting Seagrove pottery. Notably, he was regarded by his family to be a formidable Scrabble player, a mark of some distinction.


When asked if he had any advice for his descendants he recommended making one’s family and one’s personal dreams a priority.


A graveside service for Mr. Zinky will be held 11:30 am, Friday, July 27, 2018 at Forest Hills Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 11:00 am on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC.


Mr. Zinky is survived by his wife, Gloria Ann Hartmann Zinky; his son, Richard Terence Zinky and wife, Lisa of Spotsylvania, VA; and his sisters, Deborah Siebold of Yaphank, NY and Sandy Ayala of Shirley, NY.

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