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Suddenly and tragically on the morning of April 6, 2014, Zakk was taken from his family and friends.

Born December 7th, 1991 in Port Alberni, BC, Zakk was predeceased by his two grandfathers, Richard Coss and Maurice Blake and is survived by his loving parents, mother Kimberly Blake and father Reese Coss; brothers Neil (Lora) Ward, Dallas (Cara) Ward, his extended brothers Ben (Stephanie) Rollheiser, Andrew Rollheiser and Nolan Ward, extended sister Tammy Ward and long-time companion Brittney Olsen, nephews Maddux and Jayce, niece Layla, Gramma Jone, Gramma Mary and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Zakk graduated from A.D.S.S. and worked at Fairway Market and was currently employed at 2K Forestry in Alberni; he loved bushwork, always sharing the scenery he was fortunate enough to be a part of.

Early in his life Zakk enjoyed volunteer work, usually with his mother. He was a WW 11 buff and became a printed author at 12 years of age, writing a poem about Remembrance Day. He loved politics and had a genuine interest in Olympic history; his biggest love would turn out to be music and fortunately lifelong friends shared that same love, which would evolve into “North By Nature”. Zakk leaves behind in “North By Nature” his music brothers Ryan Adhira, Mike Story and Nick Vance.

A Celebration of Zakk’s life will be held on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 – 1:00 PM at the Italian Center – 4065 Sixth Avenue, Port Alberni. Food and refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Zakk’s name may be made to the A.D.S.S. Music Department. Stories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting

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