Slavko Zagar "John" CHARLOTTE - Slavko was born in Painesdale, Mich. Aug. 3, 1921, to Slavko and Mary Zagar. He passed into Heavenly comfort on Sunday, March 16th, 2014, at Novant Presbyterian Hospital. Slavko spent his early teens in big snow country where he grew up playing ice hockey on frozen ponds with his buddies. As was common of the time he went to work at an early age in the local copper mines until they had been picked clean. He then became a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps as a way to support his family back home which consisted of twelve siblings. Just before WWII he moved to Detroit to work for GM where he found himself building tanks instead of Buicks. He was called to active duty by the US Marine Corps where he was trained as an aviation electrician. As part of the end of the war effort he was assigned sentry duty at the Charlotte Shell Plant where he met Faye Sykes, his future wife of 65 years. As a couple they were founding members of Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church. After discharge he worked for the US Postal Service until he was hired by the Charlotte Police as a motorcycle officer. There was not a bootlegger safe from chase while he was on duty. The stories he could tell! He was an active member of FOP up to his passing, played on the Police baseball team in the 50-60's and received Officer of the Year twice in his career. After retiring from the City he moved to Charleston, S.C. where he managed a motel business until returning to Charlotte to be close to his family which he deeply loved. He lived life to the fullest and always had a way of lighting the room up with his whistling - singing- humming and well-practiced wise cracking. He will be surely missed. In his own typical closing words, "There ya go!!" Slavko is survived by his daughter, Sheila Zagar; son, Mark and his wife, Linda; grandson, Kelly; granddaughter, Sara; sister-in-law, Jo Martin; niece, Toie and husband, Perry Blake; three of 12 siblings, Katherine Hawkins, Rose Hatala and brother, Joseph as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye and daughter, Jon Stephanie. The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses, CNAs and doctors at Novant Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Daddy so lovingly while he was a patient there. A special appreciation goes to caretakers and friends, Heather Walker and Lourie Westbrook for whom we credit John's wonderful quality of life in his last years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church, 4207 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215 with Fr. Phillip Scarcella, celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in Sharon Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 following a 7:00 prayer service until 8:30. Memorials may be made to the
, 222 South Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 19, 2014