It is with great sadness, Canadian motorsports legend Bill Zardo Sr. “Big Z”, passed away at 80 on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022. The Big Z, who was just inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, and returned to racing in the OSCAAR Hot Rod class in 2022, has unexpectedly died and left all of us heartbroken. His daughter, Sharon Shepherd confirmed his death and distinguish her father as an exemplary human being.
Scroll down to know more about Bill Zardo, including who he was, how he died, what was the cause of his death, tributes for Bill Zardo, and a lot more.
Who Was Bill Zardo?
Born in Brampton, Ontario, Bill Zardo Sr. made the long haul to the Maritimes from Ontario many times over several decades with Riverside often his destination, back in the day with his familiar No. 46 and most recently with family members racing in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. One of the racing families’ patriarchs, Bill Zardo Sr. was a well-known and accomplished racer.
He came into the limelight when he won at Peterborough Speedway at the end of July, which was truly a nail-biting. And when he wasn’t racing, the resident of Brampton, Ontario, frequented the area’s speedways to support his loved ones and hang out with his countless friends.
This interview took place at Ohsweken Speedway in mid-August. Zardo discusses his decision to return to racing at the age of 80 as well as his recent victory at Peterborough.
How Did Bill Zardo Die? Cause of Death
Canadian Racing Legend, Bill Zardo, a fierce competitor who lets his game do the talking unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, December 13th at exactly 7:15 pm. The entire racing community is grieving the loss of their legend and praying for his family.
According to his daughter, Sharon Shepherd, Bill was heading out to the garage to work on his racecar, when his heart stops pumping. He suffered a heart attack while driving on the road, which ultimately led him to his last breath.
His grandson, Lane Zardo posted a picture on Facebook and showed how terribly pained to hear about the tragic demise of his beloved grandfather.
Lane said, “He was my best friend and He didn’t suffer, and he doesn’t want us to suffer. It’s a good thing when it’s hard to say goodbye to someone. I feel like it was lucky for every one of you to have a few moments with him.”
Tributes for Bill Zardo
Kim Fisher: “He was one of the best. Always so much fun to be around. Great family.
Prayers to his family. RiP Bill.”
Terry Jacques: “This man had the best life any man could have. And gives us racers hope for more fun in the future. Rest in peace, sir…”
Ronald Klein: “I remember seeing the Zardo family race for the first time at the Spring green at Airborne in 1990. I instantly became a fan of his. Sad to hear of Sr passing. RIP.”
Dianne Hayes: “We are so saddened to hear this news. Big Z…such a great guy and racer ~ both sides of the border”.
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