George William Hickman Jr.
There is no better example of humanity, inspiration and love than the life
lived by George William Hickman, Jr. August 6, 1924 - August 19, 2012
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education with a minor
in Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He had a successful
30-year career with the Boeing Company as part of the Minuteman Instructor
Group. Active in the Seattle community, his service included: Special Olympics volunteer organizer, Seattle
Catholic Youth Organization coach, President of St. Joseph's Catholic School
Board, member of the Catholic Archdiocesan School Board, and Vice President of
the Seattle Black Catholic Lay Caucus. George received the Fulcrum Foundation's
champion of Catholic School Education honor in 2008. He was also a 63-year
member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
After retiring, George worked as an event staffer with the University of Washington athletic
department, and also later with the Seattle Seahawks. He received the 12th Man
honor from the Seattle Seahawks during their Veterans Day weekend game in 2011.
George was also selected by the Seattle Mariners to throw out the first pitch
in their game against the Boston Red Sox in May of 2009. He received the
Congressional Goal Medal in 2007 for his service as a Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.
George is survived by his wife, Doris Baptist Crawford Hickman, daughter Regina
Hickman Melonson, daughter Sherie Hickman Gaines, son Vincent Hickman, and
daughter Shauneil Hickman Robinson. George has three sons-in-law: Wayne
Melonson, Vincent Gaines and Dean Robinson; five grandchildren: Ryan, Jeffrey
and Jordan Melonson, Deanno and Lucien Robinson; two great grandsons: Jameir
Melonson and Lucien Robinson, Jr.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 30th, at St. Joseph's
Catholic Church, 732 - 18th Ave East, Seattle, WA at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Husky Athletic Scholarship
Fund in memory of George Hickman. Donations can be made online at https://www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift
(select Intercollegiate Athletics-Scholarship Support-Athletic Scholarship
Fund).Donations can be mailed to: Tyee Club, Box 354070, Seattle, WA 98195,
payable to The University of Washington.
Published in The Seattle Times on August 26, 2012