It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John George Huycke (known by all as George). Born December 29, 1939 at 12 noon (as he would say) and died at his home on November 25, 2022. He will finally be reunited with his loving wife Judy Huycke. George was predeceased by parents Frank and Helen Huycke, brother Henry (Joy), brother Bill (predeceased) and wife Marion. He was a devoted single father of his girls (who miss him dearly) Kerry (Steve), Jasmine (Lionel), Christina (Kevin). He also had four beloved grandchildren Dante (Michael), Alexandre, Spencer and Autumn and was a much-loved uncle by his special nieces Gaye (Michael) and Candy, as well as extended family. George would want the world to know that he left this Earth with all of his marbles and on his own terms. He was fiercely independent, stubborn as an ox and his daughters were his pride and joy. He was a friendly giant and a quirky man, who made many laugh with his witty use of puns and his sometimes inappropriate sarcastic humour. George will be remembered for his numerous Huyckisms that made us laugh and/or groan everyday.
Born in Toronto and raised in Port Hope, George met his wife in Haileybury while attending mining school. They married and settled in the Sudbury area, where he worked as a miner, and they eventually moved to his beloved town of Dowling where he spent the next 40 years. Unfortunately, his wife passed at the early age of 34 and he had to raise his three young daughters on his own. He always said, “what you bring into the world you must take care of”. While doing all that, he took night courses at Laurentian to become a mining engineer and spent almost 30 years at Inco (Vale). Everyone was super impressed that he actually spent more time on pension than he did working. George was a proud Legion member and a faithful member of the Christ Anglican Church in Lively. He loved to travel and took his daughters on many different trips around the world. He loved animals, crosswords and had a green thumb with plants. George would want everyone to not be sad but to raise a glass in his honour. As per George’s request a Celebration of Life will be held at the Onaping Falls Legion on December 10, 2022 from 1-2:30pm, followed by a Porketta bingo downstairs from 3-5pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Royal Canadian Legion or a charity of your choice. A private burial service will be held at a later date.