ZACK DUGUAY MEMORIAL
Zackery Duguay described as a gentle giant was a caring, quiet, loving person, who had a strong love for his family but an even stronger passion for football. At the early age of 10 years, he was diagnosed with Epilepsy. The disease never stopped him, even when he experienced seizures during both football practices and games. He continued his passion and love of the sport through Minor, High School, Ontario Varsity Football league (Niagara Spears) and the Canadian Junior Football League (Hamilton Hurricanes).
Zack was about to start a new chapter of his life attending McMaster University with the hope of becoming a Marauder and playing football. On August 2, 2012, Zack, his sister Jocelyn, and mother Kelly found a house in Hamilton where Zack and his sister would live while Zack attended McMaster. He officially registered at the university and was extremely excited for this new adventure! Late that night however, the perfect day ended in tragedy when his parents were awakened by a loud noise - a seizure claimed Zack’s life. On August 3, 2012, all his dreams ended at the young age of 21. Zack’s family and friends want to share his story for many reasons. Zack’s persistence and drive are very motivational for many people. Zack never gave up, no matter what! After experiencing a seizure on the football field, he would simply take time to recuperate then jump back in to help his teammates - he never wanted to let them down. Not only did he dedicate his life toward playing football, during the off season you would find him sharing his knowledge with athletes still learning the sport by helping his father coach the Niagara Spears. He had a loving and caring attitude towards his family, especially the bond he had with his father Brian, who coached Zack for more than half of his football career, the adoration he had toward his older sister, Jocelyn, and his devotion to his mother, Kelly.