Patrick Michael Zill Sr. formerly of Youngstown and Columbus passed away surrounded by  his family,at his home in Snellville on July 18,2015.,

 Patrick was born in youngstown on April 27, 1925, son of of  Leada Hartwell and James Zill  of Youngstown. As a youngster,Patrick sang on a children’s show in Youngstown and growing up , “Pat ” trained to be a professional boxer. Patrick was a U.S Marine, honorably discharged in 1944. He was on the Marine’s boxing team and after his Military duty fought  in the Knights of Columbus Golden Gloves tour.

After a few pro fights in Youngstown,his father encouraged him to quit boxing. Pat then opened a very successful night spot in Columbus . During  the early years of the Boathouse, a recording company promoter heard about the “singing bar-tender “and decided to have a listen. He heard Pat sing with with the  Don Haines Quartet and ask Pat to cut a country  record in Nashville. ,  The first single record “pick me up on your way down,”sold a million copies worldwide,made it to the top of country charts and crossed over to in to pop charts . In the next several months it was followed by two more to sellers. “Keys in the mailbox”and “Heartaches by the Numbers”which stayed on the record charts foe 27 weeks.

The 1960s were a glorious time for Pat. He never gave up his love of boxing and in the 1980s returned as a trainer and manger for pro fighter, Jeff Jordan and many others. He hosted numinous boxing  matches in Columbus and his fighter fought all over the world.  He was also the first to promote a female Tough-women contest. Patrick was an avid Youngstown State University football fan and of course loved his Ohio State Buckeyes.

He was preceded in death by both sisters, Mary Jean Bolchalk and Natasha Panic.  He was a loving father to his son Patrick M Zill Jr.(Susan), grand daughter Leada Khoury (Robert), all of Loganville Ga. ; son Gino Genovese of Florida; Geno Page of Rhode Island; daughter Patrica winger;and grand children Debbie LaMay . Sherri King and Jamie Winger of Michigan, and Janice Onley and Alexander Zill of Ohio. He had 12 grandchildren and several great gran children.

I had been a bartender at the Sands nightclub owned  by the Joseph family of  Youngstown, which was directly next door.On occasion I visited with Pat; He was a dear friend and I enjoyed the many times we sat at his bar in the boathouse,  talking about our younger days in Youngstown. That was in 1959 and I still remember his great personality.

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