Dolores and Family, Just received your letter. We are so saddened by the news of Georges passing He was the sweetest, kindest man. I let Dee know. Dolores, you are in our prayers, we love you very much. Gloria, Jerry and Family
17 Feb 2014
Dolores, Jim, Colonel Bobko,
I was so sorry to learn of George's passing… and I am even more sorry that I don't think I ever told George how much he meant to me especially when I was a young man…. After I left home in high school, college, and then to the Marine Corps, I always knew that after mass on Sunday, I could head back to the sanctuary and see George… Even as the years passed, he always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye…
Being the second oldest of 12 children, life was tough at times with a lot of responsibilities at a young age… When I met George, I was in middle school and he hired my brother Paul and I to do work around the church… George paid us a $1 an hour! That was golden wages back then… He was the first man who treated me as an individual, treated me as a young man and gave me a chance. He mentored, he guided, he corrected and, during it all, George helped to instill values and ethics in me – and taught me to have fun… I remember working like a dog in the heat to clear a picnic area for the church or cutting the summer grass and how cool and refreshing the bottle of pop tasted afterwards – free thanks to George. I still remember the annual "hockey" matches on the newly waxed floor of the social hall- which we had spent days stripping and waxing. George was our announcer and referee… I don't know who had more fun, us kids crashing into each other or George on stage announcing the game and joking us the whole time. ?
I learned a great deal from George… Most of all, I remember his gentleness and kindness, his smile and his good heart… I remember the stories he would tell us during our breaks and his laugher during Bingo nights – or during those marathon Saturdays when George developed the idea of a 6-8 hour marathon Bingo session… George seemed to have endless energy and endless ideas – that we were all too happy to help him implement.
George Bobko was a man of honor and integrity. George was a man who could be trusted who earned that trust each day. Unlike some he did not abuse trust nor did he play favorites.
On Feb 1, 2014, a good man died. Most folks outside of southwest PA may not have heard of George or may not have known him personally… But they did know him… George was one of America's unsung heroes. An Army Korean War Veteran, successful career as a postal carrier, a long time volunteer at his church and community who was always willing to lend a hand. When he needed a break from his busy life, he bought an ice cream truck and drove it around country towns giving kids smiles with the treats and giving parents a headache with the repeating ice cream truck music. He would give kids a break if they were short of money or had none.
George typified the men who spend their lives trying to do what is right and honorable... They are the men who serve our country either in the Armed Forces, as first responders, in the classrooms of our schools, and even more important, as an example of what a honorable Man should be and how a Man of integrity should live his life and take care of his family and community – This is George's legacy… George is part of the unsung heroes, those who names are not carved in monuments of stone, but on the lives of the youth they mentor and the positive impact they leave on their communities. They are what makes America great and why as long as we have the George Bobkos of our land, we need not fear for our Nation...
On April 7, 1935 as a small boy was born in Fayette County, PA… and God danced a dance of joy! I am honored and blessed to have danced part of life's dance with George.. to have known him and to have learned from him… I will never forget what you did for me George…
Many thanks my friend and mentor… oh yea, tell my dad I said hi… I know he met you when you passed…
Ernest C. D'Antonio
Lieutenant Colonel of Marines (retired)
George you will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss you...
George was a long time neighbor on 6 th st. He lived next to the Husarcik family with his mother and brother and Uncle. I am Mary Husarck who was Georges friend growing up. Wish I could see him one more time but I now live in Fla. and just now found out. God be with him and deepest sympathy to Delores and the rest of the family.
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle George was such a wonderful man and will be missed by many. You are in our prayers during this sorrowful time.