Justin Pace ‘Jman’ Verzaal, 20, founder and captain of Hotwheels Power Wheelchair Hockey Team

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Justin Paul Verzaal
Justin Paul Verzaal

Justin Pace ‘Jman’ Verzaal, 20, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at home with his family. He battled with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy his entire life.

Justin was selected as the N.C. State Ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy in 2004 and enjoyed celebrating his mayoral proclamation of Justin Verzaal Day in the City of Wilmington on January 31, 2004. He had extensive travels throughout his life and had a love of history. He was also the founder of the Hotwheels Power Wheelchair Hockey Team in 2009 and was the captain of the team until his death.

Justin was a graduate of Hoggard High School and an Associate of Arts graduate from Cape Fear Community College.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Marion Verzaal Jr.

He is survived by his mother and father, Christian and Paul Verzaal; siblings, Chase and Lauren Verzaal; grandfather, Philip Pace; grandmothers, Betsy Crowell and Diane Verzaal; and his great-grandmothers, Arlene Verzaal and Ruby.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Port City Community Church. A reception of friends and family will take place after the service.

In lieu of flowers, online contributions can be made in Justin’s honor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, or to the Justin Verzaal memorial fund to support Miracle Field of Wilmington.

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