How Do You Remember Mr. Zarri?

How do you remember "Mr. Zarri"? He passed away Thursday. Find the memorial service information here, courtesy of John Fealy.

The current owner of , John Fealy, shared this photograph and information with us Friday:

"I have some sad news to impart. Mr. Joseph Zarri the founder of Zarri's Delicatessen has died. He passed away yesterday morning. He was 95. I'm attaching a picture of him at the place that gave him the most joy in his life, the deli."

David Sanger March 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Sorry to hear that. We live nearly and have been almost daily customers for roughly 30 years. He always had a smile and cheerful word and welcomed the long line of teenagers queuing for lunch sandwiches. Both our kids spent many of their AHS lunch hours there. Our condolences to the family.
Joan Winnek March 31, 2012 at 01:13 AM
He was a wonderful man, and the deli was and is wonderful.
Dylan Martin March 31, 2012 at 01:16 AM
My condolences to the Zarri family. I've been a frequent customer my whole life. A real pillar in the Albany community. Came to work everyday with a smile on his face.
Maria Bertero-Barcelo March 31, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Condolences to the family. Like many I and my family have been customers of Zarri's for as long as they have been on Solano. Like others have stated, he always had a smile on his face and always would suggest new ways/ideas to use different ingredients.
Peggy McQuaid March 31, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I always remember remember Mr. Zarri's wonderful smile. He was so welcoming to the large groups of students who also made the deli a popular lunch spot. The mutual respect was great to see. My condolences to the Zarri family. Thank you for all your family meant to Albany
Julie March 31, 2012 at 03:37 AM
My condolences to the Zarri family as well. Mr. Zarri was a kind, gracious, and gentle man. He and his staff made shopping at Zarri's a pleasure.
Rona March 31, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Oh no:( My condolences to the Zarri Family. Since the 70's Zarri's has been the place for sandwiches for us. Especially my AHS years. He was so friendly, and a joy to see whenever I came into the store. A true Albany Icon. Please keep us posted here on Albany Patch there is a memorial or the city does something for him in remembrance.
John Fealy March 31, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Services schedule: Tuesday April 3rd: Vigil and Rosary Time - 6pm to 8pm Smith & Witter 5145 Sobrante Ave. El Sobrante April 4th - Funeral Mass 11am St. Callistus in El Sobrante.
Stephanie March 31, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Mr. Zarri was someone who could always find something good to say. No matter how long the line he stayed calm and kind and still had time to chat. For many years I ate his sandwiches several times a week. He truly cared about his customers and we truly care about him. His mark has been left on our small town for eternity.
Donna Battermann March 31, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Zarri's is a true example of what Albany is all about, love and kindness! My thoughts and prayers are with the Zarri family.
vanessa March 31, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I was there in the beginning. He'd have ready made salami sandwiches on a french roll. Maybe 10-15 sandwiches ready to go for the mad lunch rush. Really nice guy.
just me! March 31, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Ohhhh Mr. Zarrri!!! I loved him. I remember as a small kid thinking how sweet this man is. Then my children thinking the same. I was always very happy to see Mr. Zarri, always a smile, always a good comment, a pat on the hand, and don't forget some napkins in the bag. You will be dearly missed Mr. Zarri.
Elisa Bjeldanes March 31, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Ack! So sad to hear! He was one of the kindest, friendliest, and caring individuals I've met. It has always felt so comforting going into Zarri's (still does). My condolences to his family and to all...
sally martin April 01, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Such a nice family. My thoughts are with Gina and her brothers. Your dad was such a good, caring individual. We will miss him. -Sally Martin and family
G. David Stehlin April 01, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Mr Zarri was kind, gracious, and helpful. He radiated warmth and humility. Thank you Mr. Zarri for a life well lived. The world is a much better place because you were here and the world could use a lot more people like you. Rest In Peace.
Denise Sorensen April 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Mr Zarri was a lovely man with a radiant smile that ran a wonderful and warm business. The prices were very fair and the food was always fresh and consistent. He was lovely to the many children who visited so often. We always felt as if we were in his home rather than his business.Thank you also to his family that added so much to the atmosphere and loveliness, so sorry for your loss, and its ours as well.
Charel Anderson April 03, 2012 at 03:04 AM
As a student at AHS in the late '60's, early 70's, Zarri's was my favorite lunch spot. As others have said, he always had a smile on his face and welcome words for his customers. Zarri's had the best salami sandwiches on sour dough rolls that I've ever tasted. Condolences to his family, R.I.P. Mr. Zarri, you will be missed!
Kristina Wolf April 03, 2012 at 03:45 AM
My kids were raised with Zarri's, an Albany institution. Mr. Zarri was always so sweet & kind, the food was great & affordable & we will all miss him greatly. I remember his birthday party at the shop not long before he retired. Love to the family & bless his soul.
Brian Parsley April 03, 2012 at 04:05 AM
A little piece of Albany is gone. Thank you Mr. Zarri and the Zarri family, you didn't just make sandwiches, you gave joy and kindness to countless generations of Albany families. You may have made po'boys but you were one of the richest men in Albany.
Sandra April 04, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I grew up at Zarri's and eating poor boys and corned beef sandwiches. I still go, as do my children. Zarri's is an Albany icon. And I used to often do battle with friends over who had the best neighborhood deli - then I would take them to Zarri's and they'd admit I was right lol. Always a friendly smiling face behind the counter or in the store. I'm glad the Zarri's legacy continues.
Anela Woolsey-Jackson April 04, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Thank you Mr. Zarri for creating the most delicious deli sandwiches! I grew up on your po'boys on sweet rolls extra pickles...lol. AHS lunchtime a group of us would invade the shop and you always had a smile. When I come to Cali for visits or business trips, I ALWAYS make time to stop in. Even my children love your sandwiches. Thank you for being a huge part of my childhood!
Cory April 04, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Mr. Zarri was my first boss and a friend of my grandfather. He was the sweetest man. I remember being nervous with high school friends coming through the line and if I didn't want to wait on someone in particular he'd just smile at me knowingly, pat my hand and say, "I will help him/her". I've ran into him on occasion at St. John's over the years as he was active in church, he always remembered me fondly. He will be missed.
RJ. Bennett April 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Albany won't be the same without Mr Zarri. My whole family will miss him. We moved to Albany in 1975. Every time I went into the Deli, Mr Zarrie was smiling, greeting customer's. He always worked ,to keep all customers ,helped and kept everyone laughing,while waiting in sometime's vwry long line's. The Deli always smelled sooo good !! Mr Zarrie was a gentle ,kind soul,loving Father,and friend. He also raised wonderful Children,who worked at the Deli. Sincerly , Bennett Family
Sandra Dovali April 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Mr. Zarri had a kind word for everyone - even my dog!


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