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Victor J. Pawlak Jr.

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Victor J. Pawlak, Jr.

Phoenix - Born to Jean and Victor Pawlak, April 25, 1949. In 1961 the family moved from Solon, Ohio to Phoenix. Victor began his writing career in high school for the Arizona Republic, and at 17 moved to Los Angeles. He became part of the non-profit agency "Do It Now Foundation," serving as Executive Director. He moved back to Phoenix with the agency, and became well known for his research on the effects of street drugs and megavitamin therapy. He authored, published, and presented papers at national and international conferences, and was considered one of the top experts in drug education in the U.S. for nearly 20 years.

Victor continued learning and writing papers for such causes as HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C. He earned a BS in Psychology and Sociology, and an Interdisciplinary Master's degree at ASU, and was working on a doctorate.

Politics was of particular interest to Victor and he volunteered for many Democratic campaigns in Arizona, was the Democratic Precinct Committee Person for the Westward Ho Precinct, and was on the State Democratic Committee. He also served on the board of directors of the ACLU of AZ. He had a passion for helping people, particularly low income and handicapped. Even though Victor had his own health challenges, he was always putting others' needs ahead of his own, as a mentor and advocate for everyone in his community, and the Westward Ho, where he lived for almost 20 years. Victor helped organize and held office for the Westward Ho Tenant's Association. He published an educational newsletter for the residents to help empower them. His fun-loving nature also led him to organize such things as bingo, dinners and pet food distribution. He also established a reading and video library and was a notary. His door was always open!

Victor was an avid stamp collector and member of the American Philatelic Society for 50+ years, trading with people around the globe. It gave him a vast knowledge of every country, its economics, culture, and government. He was always thrilled to meet someone from another country, and they were surprised to meet someone who knew so much about their home.

Victor was broken hearted when his beloved service dog Homer "Bob" Pawlak was killed by an unleashed dog in 2014. He and Homer were inseparable during their errands, doctors and hospital visits, and even other countries. We are sure they have now been reunited forever.

Victor, the oldest of 6 siblings, is survived by Steven, Pamela, Kathy, and Lois; 3 nieces, 4 nephews; 2 great nieces, 4 great nephews. His parents and sister Jeany predeceased him in death. He was a student of knowledge, kind and generous, and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Victor would be honored to have a donation made in his name to a , or volunteer your time.

Since Victor always loved a good party, a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 12 noon to 3 PM at the Westward Ho Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 618 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. No RSVP necessary. For more information about Victor, contact Pamela Pawlak, [email protected]
Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20, 2019
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