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George William Hickman Jr.

Posted By Cheyney A. Sparks, Thursday, October 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

George William Hickman Jr.

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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

 

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