George Stanicki of Yorkton, beloved husband of the late Phyllis Stanicki passed away on November 30, 2019.
Slawko (George) Stanicki was born Oct 19th, 1937 in Yorkton, SK to Peter and Nellie Stanicki of Gorlitz, SK, but everyone knew him as George. George grew up in Gorlitz and attended Annak School before moving to the Gorlitz School. He loved baseball at a young age and played for the Donwell Supers. Many said he was as fast as the wind, including George himself. George was one of the founding members in a local band called The Country Lads where he played bass fiddle. The band travelled many miles playing a different local halls and his future wife Phyllis Chobotar, followed him wherever George and the band went. George's first job was as a meat cutter at Midwest Packers, which is now Harvest Meats. In 1959, George began his apprenticeship with Logan and Black and obtained his Red Seal Journeyman's status in March of 1963. In October of 1960, George married his beautiful wife Phyllis. They moved to Yorkton, to a house on Maple Avenue to start their new family in 1964. They later moved into a larger home on Fourth Avenue to accommodate their growing family and to raise their four children. During these years, George travelled all across Saskatchewan and even into the Northwest Territories. He was proud of his Superintendent position at Weber Construction and the many projects that he supervised that took him far away from home and travelling many, many miles on the road, building homes, schools, hospitals and nursing homes. George was often known as the "Boss" on the work site and relished in that role. George worked many days away from home making a living while Phyllis stayed at home to raise the family. George's greatest accomplishments were his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. He instilled in his children a strong work ethic and the ability to bring humour into any situation, no matter how difficult things could be. George was an active member of the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton and held many titles within the parish. George was an integral part of the construction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium in 1977 and its success through the years, volunteering many long hours and most weekends to help pay off the mortgage to the hall in record time. During George's time at home, the family would camp at Goodspirit Lake and in 1977 George built the family cabin at Sunny Side Resort (Burgis Beach), where the family spent most of their summer days relaxing by the water and visiting with friends and family. George enjoyed a spirited game of Troika and would love to pretend like he could not make his tricks that he had bid too high on, only to make them at the chagrin of the other players. In 1988, George and Phyllis won the Lotto 649 and George with much consultation with Phyllis built their dream home on Spice Drive for all their friends and family to gather in. In 1998, their beloved dog Goodzik was adopted into the family and soon became one of the Stanicki's.
In 1990, George left Weber's Construction after close to 30 years and started Stanicki Construction, where he did small construction jobs, snow removal and landscaping. You could often see George driving his trusty Case 1845 Skidsteer down the road or his pride and joy blue 1977 Chevy Short Box which he rebuilt over and over just to keep it on the road and his signal light blinking. After health concerns arose for both George and Phyllis, they moved to a duplex on Good Spirit Crescent where this smaller house became their new home. George still stayed active working in his garage and shop, and tinkering on things he got a "good deal on". Like his father, George was a man of few words until he wanted to offer you his opinion or when he wanted to tell you a good joke that he heard. He enjoyed going for coffee to "coffee row" where they would often talk about the topics of the day and even raised money for Telemiracle. During George's trials with his health, he often mentioned not being able to go and visit with the coffee guys. George was predeceased by his wife Phyllis Stanicki, parents - Peter and Nellie Stanicki, granddaughter - Samantha Stanicki, and in-laws - William and Dora Chobotar. George will be missed by his daughters Sharon and Donna (Gordon), and sons Brian (Cindy) and Allen. His grandchildren included Erik Zawislak (Katelyn Hordichuk), Lesia Zawislak (Jackson Campbell), Devin and Stephanie Stanicki and Natasha Stanicki. He also leaves behind his great grandchildren Kai Franks - Zawislak and Elaina Stanicki. He will also be missed by his sister Sonia and Harold Sokyrka and their children. The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Michael Faryna officiating. The responses were led by Yvonne Panchuk & Parish Choir Members. The cross bearer was Harold Sokyrka. Honorary Bearers were Lorne Procyshen, Ken Goodman, Mike Lys, Jim Flundra, Norm Werner, Peter Kobylka, Louie Zawislak, Herb Marchinko and Ernie Denysek. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Erik Zawislak, Devin Stanicki, Gordon Zawislak, Jack Campbell, Wade Richards and Dave Rohatynsky serving as the casket bearers. Eternal Memory
Memorial donations may be made to the Cardiac Care at the Health Foundation of Regina as gifts or remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baileysfuneralhome.com