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In loving memory of
George Pestik
  • March 03, 1933
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  • November 19, 2022

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Obituary

George Lawrence Pestik died peacefully at his home on Saturday, November 19, 2022. He was

89 years old.

George was born on March 3 ,1933 in New York City. Always seeking adventure, he joined the

US Air Force after high school. He was stationed in Japan during the Korean War where he met

his wife, Yoko, who worked at the PX on the base.

George and Yoko moved from Japan to Seattle after the war where they would go on to have

four children. He worked at Boeing during this time and used the G.I. Bill to help obtain a

degree in Physics from the University of Washington.

George moved his family to Florida and continued working for Boeing during the 1960s Space

Race. He went on to work on several different space programs including Titan III / IV and the

Space Shuttle, making many significant contributions as a systems engineer. In his free time he

loved to tinker with engines, read, engage in lively conversation and, more recently, sail

with his wife, Sheena. George enjoyed spending time with Sheena’s children when they visited

Florida or when he and Sheena would take a trip to Canada. They include Mischa Chicoine and

his partner Ondina Carvalho; Mischa’s sons Rio and Sacha Chicoine; Neil Chicoine, Anna

Chicoine, Alisha Chicoine and her husband Gabe Girard.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Yoko; parents Frances and George; and his

oldest daughter, Minette. He is survived by his wife of ten years, Sheena; son Raymond

(Tammi) Pestik; daughters Laurel Bivens and Janette (Mark) Matthess; sister Yvonne

DiDomizio; grandchildren Kristina Herndon, Rachel Pestik, Erin Huntley, Edward Gatto, Kile

Pestik, Katherine Gatto, Sarah Dobson; and great grandchild Sophie Herndon; along with

numerous nieces and nephews.

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  1. Raymond posted an image:
    22 Nov 2022
    Dad
    Dad

  2. Marian Schnell lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:06:52 PM

  3. Kathleen Coliadis says:
    21 Nov 2022
    This was a beautifully written tribute to George and his life. I was in stitches over the last line and will happily do that in George’s memory! We send our love and prayers to your family. Rest in peace, George.
    Your Nogales neighbors, Paul and Kathy Coliadis

  4. Karen Bishop says:
    21 Nov 2022
    Being neighbors on Nogales Court was a treat to know Sheena and George. Our deepest sympathy for your loss to whole family. Karen and Frank

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