David Edward Sobek

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September 4, 1930 ~ May 30, 2020

Born in: Braddock, PA
Resided in: Marietta, GA

David Edward Sobek died on May 30, 2020 in Roswell, GA, following a brief illness. He was 89.

Mr. Sobek was born on September 4, 1930 in Braddock, PA, to his parents Edward and Anna Sobek. He graduated from Scott High School in North Braddock, PA and after joining the U.S. Army and serving in the 101st Airborne and the Signal Corps, attended the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. He married the former Ellen Pekar in 1956, and the couple had two children, David and Dana. The Sobeks moved to Marietta, GA in 1977 and were founding members of the Catholic Church of St. Ann, where David served as a volunteer usher for over 35 years. He was also a life member of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Sobek had a 45 year career in the financial services industry, where he worked for Household Finance Corporation and BIazer Financial Services, before retiring from TRW in 1995. In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling, fishing, reading and supporting his favorite football teams, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, Georgia Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Mr. Sobek was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Ellen, and by his sisters Betty Lou Harman and Florence Smith. He is survived by his son, David Sobek (Page), of Marietta, GA, daughter Dana Rivard (Jean-Francois) of Cumming, GA, and three grandchildren, David Sobek, and Julia and Nicholas Rivard.

Mr. Sobek’s life will be celebrated during a private, family ceremony at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Catholic Church of St. Ann – Opening the Doors of Tomorrow Campaign, 4905 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062 or at www.st-ann.org.

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  1. Greg Crenshaw says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. You have been an amazing son Dave, visiting your father at least daily regularly multiple times a day. Your father knew he was loved very much. He had an amazing life and you made it even more special at the end of his journey.

  2. Julia Rivard says:

    You were one of a kind, and will always be in our hearts.

    • Ivan Thibodeaux says:

      Your grandfather was an amazing man. I know you will miss him. Praying for all the family.

  3. Greg Crenshaw says:

    Dave & Paige,
    You are and have been in our constant thoughts and prayers. We are here for you!

    • Fred Wolff says:

      Dave and Page and all the Sobek family, I am so sorry for your loss and pray for you all as well as your father. May eternal light shine on him!

  4. Dan Davis says:

    Dave and Paige,
    My condolences on the passing of your dad… you and your family are in my prayers.

    • DANIEL RABUN says:

      My prayers go out to the Sobek family. I am thankful he he had such a life well-lived and that his legacy endures.

  5. Ivan Thibodeaux says:

    To the Sobek and Rivard family, I hope these words will help you find comfort during this time of sorrow. You are all in my prayers.

  6. Chuck Deane says:

    So sorry for your loss, Dave. Our thoughts are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

  7. Jean-Francois Rivard says:

    We’ll definitely miss ‘The Big Say’. Nicely written words about his life. We’re all praying together!

  8. Nori Tilley says:

    Dave, Paige and David, Mike and I are so sorry for the loss of your dear father. Mr. Sobek was our favorite usher on Sunday morning at the 8:45 am Mass. He always greeted us with a smile and when we were hurrying in a little late he would throw up his hands as if to say “what’s going on Tilley family, you’re cutting it close!” Dave, you have been a loyal son to your dad. You have watched over him every day. You took care of him during his most vulnerable days. You showed your love and devotion by your presence in the moments of his life. Paige, you have such a big heart. I loved the story of when you and your sweet mom just happen to score the “Mac-daddy” recliner for Mr. Sobek and how proud he was to have the best recliner on the hall. Mr. Sobek loved you, Paige. David, it is hard to lose so many heroes in such little time. Your grandfather will join those dearly missed loved ones and watch over you. We are thinking of you all and pray for your comfort. And know, he lived a beautiful life.

  9. Ramon Ramirez says:

    Sincere condolences to the entire Sobek family and sending prayers your way.

  10. John Rhile says:

    Thinking of you guys at this difficult time your dad was a special man Much love to all of you

  11. Michael Perry Harley says:

    Dave, Paige, and David,
    I’m very sorry for your loss of Dave’s father. As I mentioned to Dave, he was always my “favorite adult”! Growing up with Dave in our high school years and spending many hours at his house, I felt like I always learned a lot from Mr. Sobek. And he was fun!. Not sure my memory is quite as sharp now, but he would on occasion have a beer with us. And I’ll always remember the great graduation party that Dave’s parents threw for us as we were moving on from high school to college to life. And you learned life lessons from Mr. Sobek along the way. A funny thing, but to this day I’ll never forget him teaching me how to make a proper phone call. Have used that my entire life – especially in business.
    He made a big impact and I know you will miss him. Condolences and you are in our prayers.
    Mike Harley & Kim

  12. Mary Weaver says:

    Hi there Dave………..so sorry to get this news of your Dad. May he rest in peace. Stay strong my friend; especially in these uncertain and challenging times within our world. God bless you and your family. My sincere condolences. You will be in thought and prayer. God bless.

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