Dana L. Zuker
January 8, 1947 – August 29, 2017
Dana L. Zuker of Exeter, NH passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Dana was born in Lynn, MA to Richard Zuker and Florence "Fluffy" (Lewis) Zuker on January 8, 1947.
Dana touched many people's lives in his characteristic witty and curious way. Very few people met him and walked away without a new friend. He was the man you wanted to get to know because he was interested in what you had to say, where you (your people) came from, and he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world in that moment.
At the young age of eighteen, Dana booked a one-way trip to Europe on his first adventure to see the world. Overseas, he let his curiosity and hunger take him through different cultures, experiences and taverns. Back in the states a few years later he hitchhiked east to west coasts to see our the U.S. Not afraid of what the world held for him, Dana let the world and the road teach him a lifetime of lessons: respect for others, humility in living, gratitude for small things, and the infinite wonder of life. His appetite for knowledge and understanding was unlimited and it created an openness within him that could only be filled by love. Animals must have understood this about Dana because they loved him and knew he was a kind soul. He never met an animal he didn't like, and they could always sense his goodness.
In the autumn of 1982 Dana happened upon a personal ad in the local paper from a woman who was looking for a very special man with whom she could spend her time. The ad had been placed by the woman's daughter, unbeknownst to her, because she knew that her mom deserved happiness. Dana met Pearl Reynolds of Exeter, NH and it was love at first site. It didn't take long to figure out that Pearl had three children from a previous marriage, for whom she was caring. Always up for a challenge, Dana, undeterred, took Pearl and her three children, Lisa, Heide and Jason, as his own. He loved them and cared for them as his own children. That's the kind of man he was. It wasn't a question of what Dana had gotten himself into. No, it was winning the lottery on so many levels for all of them and those who would follow.
Because Dana was such a generous and loving man, a man as strong as a mountain, he shared his love of adventure, skiing, mountain climbing, fishing, camping, boating, movies and rock n' roll with his family. Never one to keep the joy of life to himself, he brought his children and grandchildren along for joyful adventures that life had to offer, keeping them interested, curious, and engaged with the surprises and puzzles that life puts in front of us all. He was a clever, thoughtful, supportive father and husband, teaching his kids and grandkids how to seek adventure, plan for their futures, figure their ways through life's punches with humility and grace and to be good people. Dana taught his children and grandchildren to be kind to others and to animals, respecting the awesome responsibility of our humanity and how we relate to one another. He will be missed, loved and remembered forever by his family. Dana didn't measure others by what they could give him but what they could accomplish with what they were given, and that was enough.
Dana is predeceased by his father, Richard Zuker, Lynn, MA. He is survived by his mother, Florence "Fluffy" Zuker, Newburyport, NH, brother Richard Zuker, Jr., Newburyport, MA, sister Maryly Matthewman, Meredith, NH, his loving and devoted wife, Pearl S. Reynolds, Exeter, NH, his daughter Lisa A. Reynolds, Exeter, NH, his daughter Heide L. Conlin (daughter-in-law Jennifer Blankenship), Hampton, NH, his son Jason D. Reynolds, Exeter, NH, his grandson Shane P. Conlin, his granddaughters Amber Walker, Racheal King-Reynolds (granddaughter-in-law Shantelle Denby), Charlotte and Lucy Bickford, Exeter, NH, and his great-grandsons Holden and Brennan Walker.
A memorial service will be held in Dana's honor at Swasey Park in Exeter, NH on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Remembrances will begin at 3:30.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the American Cancer Society or the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.