CHRISTOVICH Stanley Martin Christovich, 87, passed away on December 6, 2012, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He was born February 15, 1925 in York Run, Pennsylvania to Joanna and George Christovich. Stan grew up in a coal mining community in western Pennsylvania, and then served honorably in the US Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received numerous commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he lived in Washington DC, graduated from George Washington University, and met and married Harriet Donahue in 1951. He earned his CPA and they later moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he worked in the transportation industry. From 1963 until 1975 the family lived in Baltimore, Maryland where Stan worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Chessie System and enjoyed attending Orioles and Colts games. They returned to Florida in 1975 where Stan began a long second career in Neptune Beach as a business consultant. He and Harriet traveled extensively around the country visiting their children and grandchildren. Stan was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight of Father Murphy Council 5535 where he helped start the traditional First Friday Mass and dinner that continues to this day. He served in many St. Paul s Catholic Church volunteer roles, including helping to establish the parish Men s Club. Stan was involved in many beaches community volunteer activities; he was an ardent Tootsie Roll Drive fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus and volunteered as a poll worker during elections. Affectionately known as Pops to his family, he is survived by nine children Tom (Rose), Steve (Susan), Ken, Jace (Herbert) Dobrowolski, Greg (Shari), Margie (Ed) Corristan, Dan (Lisa), Ed (Keri), Andy (Brandi), his brother, Frank (Delores), and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Harriet, in 2010. A Visitation will be held Monday, December 10th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 1st, in St. Paul s Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Northeast Florida Community Hospice Foundation. Please visit our online Tribute at Services under the care and direction of Please Sign the Guestbook @

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 9, 2012