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    Default John Sawruk has passed away...

    As many of you already know, my Dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer back in 1997 and up until November 2007 was doing very well. Typically once someone has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, they only have a 5% chance to live beyond one year. My father went through two surgeries and many different experimental drugs over the last few years to be able to live an additional 11 years beyond the odds, but on September 30th the doctor gave him 6 months or less to live and this morning he passed away at age 61, just 11 days before his 62nd birthday. We really need to learn to live for every day.

    See below for funeral details.

    Thanks,

    Jeff Sawruk


    Sawruk, John M.,PE, age 61, of White Lake; passed away on November 12, 2008, at his home with his family by his side. Loving husband of Marjorie for 40 years and caring father of John M. Sawruk, Jr., Jeffrey J. Sawruk and Jennifer M. Sawruk; grandfather of Mikaila B. Ribianszky; son of Helen Sawruk and the late John Sawruk of NJ, brother of James (Janet) Sawruk of PA and Gary (Susan) Sawruk of NJ; uncle of Jeremy of PA and Amanda and Christine of NJ; brother-in-law of Virginia Wetmore and the late Joseph K. Wetmore of NJ; son-in-law of the late Kimball F. and Marjorie Wetmore. John was a licensed Professional Engineer, receiving his Mechanical Engineering degree from Newark College of Engineering and his MBA from Wayne State. He devoted his entire 34-year career to Pontiac Engineering. After his retirement in 2002, he wrote a regular column in several Pontiac automotive magazines, and was a regular contributor to two major car club publications. Upon his retirement, he continued to be enthusiastic about cars, attending the annual National Convention of the Pontiac-Oakland Club, International and GTO Association of America from 1983-present. He was a member of St. Patrick Church and held memberships in many organizations, such as, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma (honorary engineering societies) and Theta Chi fraternity as well as many car clubs. He loved collecting Lionel toy trains and Pontiac memorabilia including what he referred to as “trash and trinkets” as long as it was Pontiac related. During his career, he became the official historian for PMD in addition to his engineering duties. He could spit out camshaft numbers like you wouldn’t believe, but don’t ask him when his parents’ anniversary was! He had a stint as the head of Pontiac Motorsports for several years and always got a kick out of Dale Earnhardt calling him, “Mr. Pontiac”. A highlight of this career was being presented with the prestigious Boss Kettering Award from GM related to a patent he received for an intake manifold on the 4-cylinder, “Iron Duke” engine. He was very proud of the fact that his father served on the battleship, North Carolina during WWII. His car friends referred to him as a walking encyclopedia; or some called him Yoda, but to the family, he was just Dad or Sweetheart. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 17, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Rd., White Lake. Visitation on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road, Highland. Mr. Sawruk will lie in state at church from 10 a.m. until Mass. Interment at White Lake Cemetery, White Lake. Please, in lieu of flowers, consider donations specifically to kidney cancer research at the University of Michigan or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research in New York City… Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff:

    I am so, so sorry...my sincere condolences, and our thoughts/prayers go out to you and your family.
    Hillbilly Racing Team
    Home of the obese Yenko Camaro: currently testing a prototype 3-piece camshaft...inquire for pricing!

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,
    My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family. God has his Pontiac expert now! I sure will miss him!
    (This was coming, but I still feel very saddened and a little bit shocked.)

    For the others, I met John when I first started to go to the Pontiac Conventions back in the 80s. I was just a HS kid. I did not always agree with what he stated Pontiac was trying to do then (SD 4-cyl Fieros that never saw the street) but he was always gracious and wealth of knowledge. I got to know him better and better in the 90s. I was actually able to have breakfast with him at the 2005 POCI convention in SC. We would usually talk alot of tech stuff - and I am so glad I was able to talk to him and get to know him. He was an amazingly positive individual and is someone who I have drawn inspiration from - and continue to do so.
    He also gave excellent presentations on Pontiac history, which could include everything from test data to the fates of race cars to guns Pontac built in WWII. His presentations at the POCI nationals were always very well attended. Finally, I was always hoping he would race his 71' GT37 at the PSMCDR.
    GOD SPEED JOHN!
    Don't worry if the horse is blind, just load up the wagon and go!
    - John Madden

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    Unhappy Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    The entire Miller family is sorry to hear of your loss.
    John was a great guy, a wealth of information, and he will be missed.

    We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    something in the works, for a PSMCDR near you........


    "I don't want more than anyone else, but I don't expect to settle for less"

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,Very sorrry to hear about your loss.

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff, The Corsello Family sends its condolences.
    We are very sorry for your loss.

    Rich Corsello

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff -

    So sorry to hear of your loss (and the Pontiac community's loss as well).

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    K
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,
    I'm very sorry for you & your families loss. My prayers are with you. I could tell by the way you talked about your Dad that he was very much your hero & best friend. Take solace in knowing that someday you will get to see him again on the other side.

    Trust the heart of God and know that we're always in His hands

    In His service,
    Lon
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff, I met you dad once very nice man,sorry for you and your families loss.
    Richard Johns

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,

    You, and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please know that if you need ANYTHING from your PS brethren, we will be there for you -- whatever it is !!
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your father will be missed by many.

    Chris
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,

    I send my condolences to you and your family and will keep you in my prayers. I am sorry for your loss.

    Kevin
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,

    You and your family are in our prayers.

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,

    Very sorry to learn this, will say a prayer for your Dad and the family.
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff, my condolences on the loss of your father.
    Steve

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    My name is Ted Walrath I am a memeber of the GoatHerd Of Oregon All our prayers are for your family. I knew John and Marjorie. We all love being a friend of his. Our condolences to all of you he was a great friend.

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    Post Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff:

    I am truly saddened to learn of your family's personal loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    My condolences to you and your family, Jeff.
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    Default John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,

    My father and I send our thoughts and prayers to your family.
    Every day is a gift.

    Chuck
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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff
    Sorry about your loss, My step-mom passed away also yesterday from cancer. I understand what you are going through. again sorry
    Ed

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    My condolences to you and your family.

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff, he is not lost,for we know where he as gone. May god bless you and your family.

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    Default Re: John Sawruk has passed away...

    Jeff,
    We are so fortunate just to have the gift of life. But I believe the real gift is the one we get when we finally get to spend our days with the big guy in the sky. I can only imagine what your family is going through right now. Tim and I send you and your family our condolences.

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