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Ziggy was a generous and caring friend. I know many kids in the city, Old and Young, will miss him. He photographed events and gatherings and was a very recognized person. Everywhere we went people would say" Hey your the guy from the paper, will you take my photo again". He truly was an unsung hero. His work came first, and there was No Limit on the time or effort he made. I hope People will remember him, I know I will.

Posted by: Thomas Menard - Palm Bay, FL - Friend   Oct 17, 2018

Ziggy , so many memories of our time together at a great newspaper The Transcript Telegram. You always taught me the way of "Holyoke", your Holyoke. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by: Bil Bayer - Bergen County, NJ - friend   Nov 12, 2014

There will never be another photo team of Sears and Roback. You are the best my friend. Keep an ear to the scanner in heaven for us still working down here.

Posted by: Dave Roback - South Hadley, MA - long time friend and co-worker   Oct 24, 2014

I remember the first Time I met Ziggy, he was working with my dad(Edward Monahan) at the Transcript Telegram. He was a very loving and giving man. Up to do anything. He will be missed.

Posted by: Mary Monahan-Varney - Orlando, FL   Oct 23, 2014

Ziggy and I were taking Photos together while Ice Fishing and he made the introduction for me to become the Outdoor Writer for the Holyoke Transcript. He also got me work as a s"Stringer" taking photos for the Transcript. I went on to work for the Chicopee Herald, Chicopee Register, Holyoke Sun, and other Publications.

We had coffee several nights a week and exchanged ideas regularly. He was one of the most generous people I've ever met. He ALWAYS had

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Posted by: Thomas D. Menard - 3128 Indian Drive NE, Palm B, FL - Friend and colleague   Oct 22, 2014

I was lucky enough to work with Ziggy in Holyoke. He knew everyone in town, covered every big event, and enjoyed himself immensely. The Kennedys might have been marching in the parade, but it was Ziggy who was the real star.

Posted by: Bob Unger - Fairhaven, MA - coworker   Oct 22, 2014

Jim you will always be apart of our lives .You were like one of the
family. You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace my friend and take care of my grandson Patrick up their where we will all meet again.
With all my Love

Posted by: Elaine A Rud - Holyoke, MA - special friend   Oct 22, 2014

You inspired me and helped me become a writer for the transcript telegram and getting into sports. You were such as gentleman and caring man. May u be at peace. My condolences to your family. May the the good lord keep you

Posted by: joe hart - holyoke, MA - friend   Oct 22, 2014

I've worked with a lot of people over the years, and Ziggy was one of the best. He was always there when you needed him, always came through in the clutch, and always had a smile on his face. I have many fond memories. My thoughts go out to Elaine and the rest of his family at this difficult time.

Posted by: Skip Vogt    Oct 21, 2014

Mr. Sears was a classmate of my Mom's - her name is Mary Donahue, maiden name, Motroni. I would just like to say to his family that we are very sorry for your loss. I met Mr. Sears at one of my Mom's high school reunions. God Bless..

Posted by: Ann Chicoine - Chicopee, MA   Oct 21, 2014