Thank you George Starkovich for your advice and support to our health care workers union (1199nw) in our early days. I will always have fond memories of George. My best thoughts to the Starkovich family.
I remember George well, he was close friend of our family, one of my dads best friends. They were in business together while they were both black listed from getting jobs, it was called G and M gardeners. He was a wonderful man, warm and caring, but never afraid to speak up for what he thought was right. My condolences to the family.
The current UW Grounds staff is still reaping the benefits of George's dedication to making the workplace more labor friendly. Every rainy day, when I put on my UW provided steel-toed rubber boots, I think to myself, "Thank you, George Starkovich". And it all makes sense. When my feet are comfortable, I get more work done!
A lot of great memories with "Uncle George" I wanted to be just like him when I grew up!
I first got to know George during the union drive at Harborview Hospital in the mid-70's. I so valued and respected his leadership, inspiration and wisdom. I am grateful I connected with him last year to thank him for his mentorship of me during my activist years in Seattle. He taught me the value of having a multi-generational perspective and listening to those who have come before. I will always hold a place for him in my heart. R.I.P. George. My best to his wife Pat and his family. - Tom Gibbons
Patty- what a beautiful tribute you wrote for your dad. I remember him fondly from my days as a member of his union and after. He truly lived his radical politics.
George Starkovich was a great guy. The world is a better place because he was part of it for so many years.