September 24, 2021

In memory of George Sawchak


Dear Editor:

On August 21, the sad news of the passing of George Sawchak stunned the Ukrainian as well as the American communities. I speak for all of his friends, coworkers and all those who had the privilege to know him when I say that this was a man of honor, integrity, commitment and compassion.

George was blessed with many talents – athlete, engineer, musician (piano and voice), teacher and coach to many. He loved to sing, dance and enjoy his friends. He even volunteered in his town in Pennsy­lvania. Every one of us has a story to tell about this man who touched us all. He was a soccer player on a championship-winning college team, and he had many victories on tennis courts (I competed against him many times, but don’t recall ever beating him).

He spent over 40 years running and coaching tennis camps at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center. Many campers went on to become accomplished players. He directed and participated in many tennis tournaments during the July 4 and Labor Day holidays, and he directed tournaments at Tryzubivka for 20 years.

His love of family was beyond question, his commitment to his profession was commendable, and sports fueled his competitiveness. His name will always be associated with service and dedication. George was a fighter all of his life. He was committed to excellence and loved his life, and his beloved wife Petrusia was always at his side.

But then the angels came and closed his eyes and whispered “peace be to you.” It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, for part of all of us went with you the day God called you home. His spirit will live on and watch over those he loved. We will never forget; we will always remember. Rest in peace our dearest friend.  With deepest condolences,

George Hrabec
Danvers, Mass.