Darrin passed away July 23, 2017 at the age of 53. He is survived by his Father, Keith Zinger, Sisters, Lisa and Holly and Wife, Clarissa and his four children, Abby, Ryan, Shannon and Shayla.
Darrin Keith Zinger was born June 20, 1964, the son of Keith and Susan Zinger in Vancouver, BC. His early years were spent running around and creating havoc in Kitsilano. It was during this time that he discovered his love of sports and most particularly hockey.
Darrin played junior hockey throughout BC and eventually followed his passion to Europe. He was quite industrious to do this because at that time it meant writing letters to teams all over Europe to see if there was an opportunity to try out and play. His first success was Sweden and it moved on from there to England with many hockey clubs and finally he played out his career with the Guildford Flames. It was during these early years in Europe that Darrin met his first wife Katina and consequently his first child Abby Zinger was born in 1991. He was later Divorced from Katina in late 1990’s. During his years in England Darrin was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in his late 20’s. He received treatment and became a cancer survivor. This brush with cancer gave him a new perspective on life. Darrin completed his education in England @ Kingston University with a degree in Law/Accounting.
Darrin retired from professional hockey at the age of 34 and in 1999 decided to move back to Vancouver, Canada to settle into initially a career in accounting. He started working towards a CGA designation and it was then that he met his 2nd wife Clarissa. They were the early adopters of online dating 18 years ago, webpersonals.com. They moved to Calgary together late 2000 and later married in Lake Louise, Alberta Aug 26th, 2001. They settled into Calgary and built a wonderful family home out in rural Calgary, in Springbank and grew their family to a total of 6 with the arrival of Ryan, Shannon and Shayla. During the years in Calgary, Darrin fed his passion for hockey in a coaching capacity. He very proudly took a young group of men; the “Junior C’s” to the provincials several years in row as well as Bantams & Midgets and left a huge legacy to the community and teams of how hard work pays off. He was focused and demanded 100% participation from his players. He was as most parents described him, their very own “Coach Carter”.
Finding a comfortable career wasn’t easy for Darrin after hockey and there was forays in Hockey teams in Texas, Junior Oil & Gas, Hockey Equipment Distribution but it really wasn’t until he started with CBSA that he felt he had found his niche. It was late 2010 that he got the call that he had made the cut and he was off to training in Montreal to be a Canadian Border Services Officer. He was away from the family for 9 weeks and studied hard to pass. He did of course and his first posting was to Osoyoos, BC. He and Clarissa had decided to return to Vancouver and this posting got them halfway there. Once their home sold, Darrin was able to transfer to the Boundary Bay Crossing in Tsawwassen. Clarissa and the children moved from Calgary to Tsawwassen June of 2012 to finally converge the family again. It was time to settle in and enjoy BC again after those cold winters in Calgary. He was so ready to head home to BC.
It was only 6 months after the family arrived in Tsawwassen that Darrin took medical leave from work as he struggled with his early symptoms of MSA which were largely imbalance and being light headed at the time. For the next 4 1/2 years those of us close by and far away watched the disease progress and take more freedoms away.
Darrin was a team player to the end and had his family team surround him with love as he made the journey to a place where there is no pain, no suffering, no measure of time and we can all treasure the limited time we each had with him.