ZUGAY, Eric J. ~ April 20, 1971 - July 30, 2006
Elma native Eric J. Zugay, an environmental engineer, died July 30 in a Phoenix hospital after a long bout with cancer. He was 35.
Mr. Zugay moved to Phoenix at age 11. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology and a master's degree in hydrology at Arizona State University, where he was also pursuing a civil engineering degree.
Mr. Zugay worked as an environmental engineer at Basin and Range in Phoenix for 15 years.
Survivors include his father, James, and a brother, Brian.
A memorial service was held in Phoenix.
The Buffalo (New York) News, August 11, 2006
Eric J. Zugay, 35, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Arizona State University (1992), a Masters of Science degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona (1995) and was actively pursuing a civil engineering degree while working as an environmental engineer. His passion for education in engineering came first. When cancer engulfed Eric's life, he then redirected his life goals to find a cure for his cancer, knowing his time was short. He was an avid hiker and bicyclist. Survivors include his father James ZUGAY, brother Brian ZUGAY, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Diana Lucille. Memorial Mass was Friday, August 4th, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd. The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic, August 3, 2006