Dr. George E. Lawniczak, Jr. age 82, of Orlando, FL, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, the eldest son of Virginia (Crabbe) and George E. Lawniczak, Sr. George graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955 and retired as a Commander after 22 years, much of that time spent as a pilot serving on aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean. He earned a Doctorate from the University of Michgan in 1969 . After retiring from the Navy, George and family moved to South Florida where he became Director of the Ocean Sciences Center at Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. Next came a period of years involved in Aquatic Safety, testifying in numerous lawsuits on behalf of victims of aquatic injuries around the country. He appeared many times on 20/20 and Inside Edition.
After relocating to Orlando in 2000, George became a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church where he served in a number of ministries. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11488.
George leaves to cherish his memory, wife Nancy (Hird) Lawniczak of Orlando; daughter Mary Keesling of Davie, FL; two sons Gregory J. Lawniczak of Lancaster, CA; George E. Lawniczak III, of Flower Mound, TX; step daughter Jennifer Tyrer of Sun Valley, ID; step son Christopher Hollyman of Waikoloa, HI; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. George is also survived by sister Mary Lynne Pringle of Leesburg, FL; and brother Jon Lawniczak of Ocala, FL.
I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope you will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. May GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.Matthew 5:4.
Dr. Lawniczak worked with me on some very serious aquatic cases. George was obviously very bright and one of the absolute best in his field in the entire country, but he was an even better person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Riley Allen, Esq.
I've known George since 2008 and he was a Great person and very loving and Compassionate and a very funny man and I'm glad to have known George in the Knights of Columbus council 11488 for those eight years it's just sad how he's gone I've looked up to George as a Step-Grandfather who Provided me with Guidance and always knew how to make people laugh I will never forget George he was a one of a Kind Hearted man with a Big Heart made of Gold his Laugh and his Personality and the way he cared for others will always be something all of us will Remember for years to come but I know George is in a Better place with God and all of his Angels in the Kingdom of Heaven smiling down upon us each and everyday. The Adams family's thoughts of Prayers are with Nancy and the Rest of the Lawnizak family.
Adam 4th Degree Knight with Knights of Council 11488
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