George Hawrysko

George Hawrysko-"K4AWA," age 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Parrish, Florida on Thursday, July 28th, 2022 due to complications from leukemia (MDS/AML).

George was born on August 29th, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the only child to the late John and Mary Hawrysko. He was also predeceased by his wife, Judith Marschhauser Hawrysko, who passed away on January 28th, 2021.

George is survived by his two daughters, Amelia Hawrysko (Matthew) of Lynchburg, Virginia and Sarah Johnson (Shawn) of Palmyra, Virginia. He was also "Grandpa George" to four grandsons, Seth, Liam, Saxon and Syler. In addition, he is survived by his former spouse, close friend and mother of his children, Debra Hawrysko.

George worked as a supervisor for the Queens, New York highway department permit office until his retirement and subsequent move to Florida. In his later years he also proudly served as a police officer and in security. George served in the Army National Guard in his younger years and was also very active in the Civil Air Patrol and was the commander of a composite squadron within that organization in Queens, New York. Since his teenage years he was a very enthusiastic motorcycle rider. He loved to maintain and ride his motorcycles and continued to ride for the majority of his life. George (call sign: K4AWA) was very actively involved in amateur radio since his youth and was most recently serving as the Vice President of the Manatee Amateur Radio Club Inc. Prior to that he also served as president of the club for several years. George collected radios and participated in many amateur radio events throughout the years. He had a special interest in vintage radio equipment.

The family would like to thank his medical team at Lakewood Ranch Cancer Center, Amedisys Home Health, Manatee Amateur Radio Club and his friends and neighbors for their support and assistance to George. The family especially extends their heartfelt gratitude to Dawn and Carl Slicker for going above and beyond in their love and care for George.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.