Marc Zaharchuk of the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and formerly of Washington's Crossing, died suddenly on Friday, March 24, 2023. He was 73.
Born and raised in Fairmount, Marc was the son of the late Helen (nee Porchick) and Julius Zaharchuk. He was a graduate of Central High School, Class # 225 and received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University; he earned Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management while studying at Drexel.
He worked for RCA, GE Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and Aerospace Corporation during his career, retiring from Aerospace Corp. a few years ago.
Marc was very active in the communities where he lived; he was a proud second generation Ukrainian American and a board member of the Ukrainian-American Citizens Association in Northern Liberties. He would (litter is the wrong word) populate your emails with articles and songs about Ukraine, its history, our customs and he also would send articles about Philadelphia and its politics and neighborhoods; following is an example of how he would start his email: "This is an excellent 30 minute refresher. First, pour an evening libation." (I still have all the emails he sent me; they've always been a great read).
Marc is predeceased by his sister Daria and is survived by his cousins and many friends around the country.
His viewing will be Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 9 AM at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Requiem Services will be sung at 10 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.
I'll finish with this; among the emails that Marc had sent me were at least three versions of Shchedryk or Carol of the Bells, an old Ukrainian masterpiece that today is a song heard all during Christmas time. I thought it appropriate to play it while you read his obituary.
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