Dylan Ryan Zerillo, 33, of Glendale, Ariz., passed unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Dylan was born on Sept. 16, 1987, in Southampton, N.Y., to Jessie Marshall (Paul Bensema) of Mesa, Ariz., and E. Phillip Zerillo (Heather Brown) of Le Roy. He was a 2006 graduate of Le Roy High School.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Myra Ann Zerillo of East Hampton, NY.
In addition to his parents, Dylan is survived by his grandmother, Audrey Marshall of Shelter Island, N.Y., and his siblings, Heather Nicole of Goshen, N.Y., Keara, Samuel, Maia and William Zerillo of Le Roy, N.Y. He is also survived by his uncle, Donnie Walther (Nancy) of Shelter Island, N.Y.; his aunt, Debbie Burns (Greg) of Lakeside, Mont.; aunt Laurie Eckardt of Shelter Island, N.Y.; and cousins, Kevin Burns (Taylor), Callie Smith (Ben), and Kimberly Atkins.
He will be remembered most for his passion for life, his kindness, sense of humor, love of animals, affinity for the guitar, sick skateboarding skills and dedication to his Christian beliefs. Dylan may have struggled, but he was constantly encouraging others to rise above their challenges and succeed in life. He touched many people on his path, and will not soon be forgotten by those who truly knew him.
A memorial mass will be held 11 a.m. on Oct. 16 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 44 Lake St., Le Roy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the animal rescue organization of your choosing in his name.
“It’s ok to embrace who you are. Those who do not accept you, are not for you. God loves His creation. He knew everything about you before the universe was created. Love God, love others and love yourself. God is love and He created you to love and be loved. Love supersedes our human failings. It keeps no record of wrong. It perseveres. It embraces. It forgives. It hopes. It believes. It is kind and gentle. It does not seek its own. It puts others above oneself. It loves its enemies. It reaches out. It doesn’t give up! Everyone has the capacity to love unconditionally. It’s within you. God is within you.” — Dylan Zerillo