George Hanchak, 80, Johnstown, died October 6, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center. Born June 1, 1940, in Conemaugh, son of John and Anna (Buckus) Hanchak. Preceded in death by parents; a sister in infancy, and brother, John. Survived by brother, Edward; and close friends Ed and Jeanne Oparnico. He was a member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church. George was a paper carrier for the Grit newspaper in East Taylor Twp. during high school. He worked for Sambo's Restaurant as a dishwasher and received an accommodation for his attendance that was written up in the Tribune-Democrat. He never missed work even through snow storms, and when buses were not running, walking to work from Johnstown to its Scalp Avenue location. He was an avid reader of Johnstown and Pittsburgh newspapers. George had numerous friends all over Cambria County and especially with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and The Salvation Army. He loved to reminisce about his childhood, school, and past friends, recalling the smallest details. George and his brothers were well travelled through Cambria County by the soles of their feet, walking some 30+ miles a day at times before walking was in vogue. He had the sweetest chuckle and the greatest smile. We will miss you George! A very special thanks is extended to the staff at the Lutheran Home in Johnstown for the love and care of our dear friend for the past 11 years. A very special thanks to the Rev. Julius Porcher, classmate, friend, and frequent visitor. From the Franklin High School Blue Jay Class of 1960: May he rest in peace, and his memories be a blessing. A grave side service will be held at 1PM Thursday at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Rte. 271, East Taylor Twp., with Rev. Robert Oravetz officiating. Arrangements are by Henderson-Makuchan Funeral Home.
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