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Full Text of SR0154  103rd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Zachary A. "Zack" Defreitas of
4Springfield, who passed away on March 17, 2023; and
5    WHEREAS, Zack Defreitas was born to John Charles and
6Michelle Lynn Richards Defreitas in Peoria on October 2, 1992;
7he moved with his family to Springfield in the mid-1990s; he
8played youth hockey with the Springfield Kings, the Peoria Jr.
9Rivermen, and the Pekin Dragons before embarking on a junior
10hockey run with the Danville Inferno and Peoria Mustangs; he
11graduated from Springfield High School in 2010; he earned his
12bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts from
13Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in May 2016; he
14married Erica Davis at Washington Park in Springfield on April
1523, 2022; and
16    WHEREAS, Zack Defreitas was employed as Director of
17Marketing and Communications for the Springfield Jr. Blues,
18where he worked since 2018; he also served as the play-by-play
19announcer for the Springfield Jr. Blues and became popular
20with the team's fan base; he formerly served as the
21broadcaster for the Springfield Sliders baseball team in the
22summer of 2021; and



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1    WHEREAS, Zack Defreitas had an undying passion for hockey,
2with his favorite team being the St. Louis Blues; he enjoyed
3taking long drives, watching WWE and old movies, traveling,
4listening to music, and researching historical events; and
5    WHEREAS, Zack Defreitas was preceded in death by his
6maternal grandfather, Denny Richards; and
7    WHEREAS, Zack Defreitas is survived by his wife, Erica
8Defreitas; his father, John Defreitas; mother, Michelle
9(husband, Jesse) Defreitas; his brothers, Nicholas Defreitas
10and Bradley (fiancé, Samantha) Defreitas; his maternal
11grandmother, Marie Richards; his paternal grandmother, Joanne
12Defreitas; his paternal grandfather, Charles Defreitas; his
13several professional friendships, including Tyler Rennette,
14Todd Pococke, and Dan Ferguson; and his many friends who
15became family; therefore, be it
17ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
18Zachary A. "Zack" Defreitas and extend our sincere condolences
19to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be
20it further
21    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
22presented to the family of Zack Defreitas as an expression of



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1our deepest sympathy.