In Loving Memory of
Brian Louis Zelizo
May 14, 1976 - January 30, 2000


On January 30, 2000 Brian Louis Zelizo died from injury to his brain as a result of being hit by a taxi in New York City one week earlier. His death left many of us grieving the loss of a son,
brother, relative or friend. However, Brian left behind a legacy that lives on in the lives that he touched so greatly in his short time with us.

Although Brian's life was short, it was very rewarding. Upon receiving his degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, Brian went to work for Price Waterhouse Coppers in New York City.
Just prior to his death, he had just begun a new job at Tower Hill Capital Group as an investment banker, In addition to his career. Brian loved to enjoy what the world had to offer him.
He traveled extensively studying for a semester in Fremantle, Australia, driving cross-country after graduation from Notre Dame, and touring with his favorite band, Phish.
He embraced life in New York City and the aura found within its streets.
From the theatre, to sporting events, to a stroll down 5th Avenue, Brian loved every minute of it.

Brian's sincerity made you feel as though you were the only other person on earth when you were together. His enthusiasm was incredible and infectious.
A planner and a schemer, Brian was always inventing way to meet life's experiences head on while enjoying every minute along the way.

Brian's untimely death is so difficult to accept and understand. It seems so unfair that he was taken from us all too soon and in such a sudden traumatic way.
Brian, of course, would not want us to be sad, so we try to be strong until the day when we will be reunited with him in heaven.
One of Brian's dear friends read from the Prophet at his funeral.

This quote has special meaning, as Brian would often say he felt closer to God while atop a mountain than any other place on earth.
Brian's goodness lives on in all of the people whose lives were touched by him.

I came across this picture that really describes Brian. It shows how much he loved to climb mountains and sit and meditate.

These four wonderful gifts for Angel Brian are from my friend Marie.
You can visit her website for her son Rob here ~
Rob Northrop's Site.

This is a picture of the Golden Dome that sits on top of the administration building. On top, is a statue of our Blessed Virgin Mary. Brian's dorm was right next to the admin building.
He positioned his bed so that when he woke up in the morning that was the first thing he saw.
He would say to me " Mom, I am the luckiest guy in the world to be able to open my eyes and see this beautiful lady every morning!"
He always said that he was so blessed to be at Notre Dame.

It was always Brian's dream to go to ND and thought that by going to a Catholic HS it would better his chances. We knew that it would be difficult for us financially to send him to a private high school. He was determined to go to ND and worked very hard to achieve it. He was the first person from Fair Lawn HS to go to ND. He was so very proud of that.


I'm Still Here

Please Mom, do not stand at my grave and weep
I wait at Heaven's Door with all the memories that I keep
Weep not for me, I rest in tranquil places
far beyond what you could know
Be still and hear my voice within your soul

I am not gone, I'm still right here with you
So very close to me and seeing all that you still do
Be not afraid of where I've gone
You cannot even dream of things I know
A Place of beauty I now call home
I see the Face of God with songs of Angels
That sing for me alone

Celebrate the life that I once lived
Keep in your heart the song of love I give
Remember me and keep me close to you
But not with tears, and not because my years were few
But just because I live a life that's new
A place with no more tears or pain or sorrow
Weep not my mom, for we shall meet tomorrow

Written in Memory of Laura Ann Kimble
November 5, 1968 to October 19, 2002
By Laura's Mom

I Believe
Written by Skip Ewing and Donny Kees

Every now and then soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you come back again
And itís like you havenít been gone a moment from my side
Like the tears were never cried
Like the hands of time are holding you and me
And with all my heart Iím sure weíre closer than we ever were
I donít have to hear or see, Iíve got all the proof I need
There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe

That when you die your life goes on
It doesnít end here when youíre gone
Every soul is filled with light
It never ends and if Iím right
Our love can even reach across eternity
I believe, I believe

Forever, youíre a part of me
Forever, in the heart of me
And Iíll hold you even longer if I can
The people who donít see the most
Say that I believe in ghosts
And if that makes me crazy, then I am
ĎCause I believe

That when you die your life goes on
It doesnít end here when youíre gone
Every soul is filled with light
It never ends and if Iím right
Our love can even reach across eternity
I believe, I believe

There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe

Brian's favorite prayer was the Irish Blessing prayer, so of course we had to include it here.


A friend can hear a tear drop.

Please visit Maria's Tribute to Christopher
Angel Christopher
Two Very Special Angels

This webpage is created
In Loving Memory of Brian Louis Zeliso
on January 2, 2016
Last updated: January 13, 2017
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