Gary "Soapy" Shaporka, 73, of Jefferson Township, died peacefully July 30, 2019 with his family at his side.
He was born May 29, 1946 in Charleroi, PA, son of Harry Shaporka and Olga Andreas Shaporka.
Gary was a very talented artist working in Rochester, NY and Pittsburgh, Pa. He also worked at Allenport Steel Mill. Enjoyment of his life was being the original "Steel Man"at the 1970's & 1980's Steelers games, being a proud father to his sons, grandfather to his granddaughters, and writing editorials for the Herald Standard Newspaper. Gary was a proud member of the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Belle Vernon, Pa.
He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Robinson Shaporka; two sons, Daniel Shaporka and wife Amanda and son, Matthew Shaporka both of Grindstone, Pa.; four granddaughters who he adored Dyanna, Kendall, Kaelyn and Danika; brother, Gregory Shaporka of California, Pa.; Sisters-in-law, Blanche, Judy(Robert) and Angel.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry & Olga Shaporka; son David Shaporka and sister Georgia-Ann Shaporka.
Family and Friends will be received Friday, August 2, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm in the Eley-McCrory Funeral Home,Inc., 334 Main St., Fayette City, PA. www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Holy Resurrection Orthodox, Mary St., Belle Vernon, Pa. at 10:00 am with Rev. Fr. Stephen Gresh as celebrant. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church on Saturday.
Interment will follow in the Bowman-Flatwoods Cemetery, Vanderbilt, PA.
Panachida service will be held at 8:00 pm Friday in the funeral home.
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