In 2019, Mr. Zamperla was inducted into the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Hall of Fame.
Alberto Zamperla was born on Feb. 3, 1951, in Pieve di Soligo, within the province of Treviso, north of Venice, to Antonio and Letizia Zamperla.
He attended a boarding school run by Salesian priests, graduated with a level in metallurgy from the Industrial Technical Institute in Vicenza and served from 1975 to 1976 within the Italian army’s Alpine Cadore Brigade.
He took over the corporate from his father in 1994 and eventually divided his time between Vicenza and Recent York. Along with his sons Antonio and Alessandro, he’s survived by his wife, Paola; one other son, Adriano; and three grandchildren.
He was known for making more of his company’s attractions accessible to children with disabilities and for contributing to nonprofits that benefited them. In 2015, he campaigned, exuberantly but unsuccessfully, for mayor of Venice with the slogan “No to boredom, yes to life.”
“I prefer to fly within the clouds around our beautiful planet, for at the least 100 days every yr,” the corporate quoted Mr. Zamperla as saying. “I really like living in Recent York City. I’m proud to be an Italian Alpino. I’m proud to be, above all, a citizen of the world. I enjoy knowing that my career makes children of all ages blissful across the globe.”
Mr. Zamperla counted himself amongst them. Indeed, he kept a strong collection of rubber geese in his bathroom.
“I’m somewhat boy,” he told The Financial Times in 2016, “and I’ll proceed to be somewhat boy.”
Elisabetta Povoledo contributed reporting.