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SOKOLICH, Andrew Joseph "Soks"
Ottawa, ON, 86, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014 from complications of MDS. Born on November 2, 1927 in Brokenhill, Northern Rhodesia (Kebwe, Zambia); son of Emil Sokolich and Aletta Van Eyk. Survived by his wife Hazle, siblings; Emil (Toets), Aletta, and Louis. His children; Jacqueline (Ensio), Lynette (Rock), Beverley, Trevor (Linda), Gary (Marilyn), and Leslie-Anne (Michael), Stepchildren; Janet (John), and David (Teresa). Nephew; Tom (Dale) whom he took in as a son. Grandchildren; Eric (Josee), Jeffrey (Johnny), Jonathan (Jiyoon), Ian (Courtney), Lonnie (Meghan), Victoria, Tiffany (Joshua), Gregory, Courtney, Amy, Keelan, Melissa, Wesley, Codey, Paige, and nine great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his first wife; Esme Natalie Page, his siblings; Rosemary, John (Jack), Hester, and Martha. Andrew was an avid hunter and athlete. He played football, rugby and cricket, and was Rhodesia's Champion Junior Freestyle Swimmer from ages 11 to 17. At the age of 15 he began his electricians' apprenticeship at the Anglo-American Corps mine in Nkana, Northern Rhodesia. He completed his apprenticeship and worked at the Mufulira mines of the African Copperbelt. In 1944 Andrew played goal-keeper for Rhodesia against the Leeds United Football Club. He also played rugby for the Territorials and in 1949 played baseball for Southern Rhodesia against the Chicago White Sox. He married Esme Page in 1952 and took in her brother Tom as a son when their parents passed away. In 1961 he left Rhodesia and brought his family to Canada to pursue a new future. He began his employment with Ottawa Hydro as a Lineman and worked his way up from climbing poles in the dead of winter to become Distribution Supervisor. Andrew married Hazle in 1996 and continued to live a rich and full life, touching all those around him with his hospitality and kindness. In his passing he leaves us a legacy of love for family and a strong work ethic. According to his wishes there will be no formal service, and in lieu of flowers the family suggests a personal donation to the .
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen from May 15 to May 17, 2014
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