It is with unfathomable sadness and broken hearts we announce the passing of our dad, Sig Sobczak, at the age of 73. Far too quickly and far too soon.
After years of battling cancer, with no other treatment options available, he, like our mom, chose MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying), in order to have a peaceful and dignified passing. He wanted to wear his “travelling shirt”, which was a nice button up. We tucked an Ace Auto Electric screwdriver into his front pocket and when asked if he is ready, he said, “Let’s get outta here.” He passed in his home, lovingly surrounded by his family, while holding his son’s hands. We laughed, we cried. He told us, “Love you all”. He was ready to go; he definitely felt all the love from everyone and he truly looked at peace.
Sig was born in Germany to Frank and Monika. He was preceded by his older brother Joe and survived by his brothers, John, Chester, Henry and Stan and his beloved sister Terry. He fell in love with Cheryl as a young man and they were happily married for 49 years. They raised three kids, Dave, Angie and Sterling, ran a business and built an incredible life together. Sig was a loving and supportive father, always willing and able to guide and assist his kids in their numerous events and activities.
Sig’s love for all things mechanical started at a young age, and he quickly became a master mechanic, he literally could fix anything. Along with his passion for cars came his passion for racing. He raced modifieds and sprint cars. A love that he shared with many friends and family, both as a driver and supporter of Dave’s pit crew. He enjoyed the excitement of racing and the camaraderie of friends and a well-earned beer or four late into the night in the pits. He has always appreciated classic cars and the people and stories that came along with them. He especially enjoyed his retirement gig at Buddy’s garage. He took great pride in helping to solve car issues when no one else could and he particularly enjoyed the wings and beers with his buddies.
Sig was an incredibly hard working man who spent countless hours building a successful business. He worked for over 50 years at Ace Auto Electric. Sig understood the importance of getting his customers in and out of the shop quickly and back on the road. In turn, he had many loyal and repeat customers. Sig also had many long term employees many for 20 plus years and a couple that worked for him for 40 plus years, a testament to his leadership abilities.
Each Saturday, he generously shared the shop with friends and family. Cars were washed, repairs were made, oil was changed, customers were served, batteries were charged, dirt bikes and sprint cars were readied for racing and then, when it was time, they all went for lunch. The Saturday tradition of working on cars and going out for lunch continues to this day!
Not only did he share his shop, he shared his home, his pool and cabana area and hosted many, many large celebrations. He was generous beyond measure and he made everyone feel included and welcomed. He often would fall asleep even when a party was going on around him. Though, we knew he was always listening because he would often shout out the correct answer to a trivial pursuit question while in the middle of a nap!
Sig enjoyed travelling and took his family on many hot holidays where so many wonderful memories were made together. He also loved his motorcycle rides down to Sturgis – he rode his BMW and his Motto Guzzi both several times. He had many toys and they were always different and unique, often conversation starters. His latest project being the Coach. Sig adjusted, rebuilt, improved, redid and reworked literally every system on the coach, but he truly enjoyed travelling down the road with Amma at his side or five energetic grandchildren, on an excellent adventure!
Sig was one of the most amazing, kind, generous and courageous people in the world. He will be deeply missed by his oldest son Dave Sobczak (Camille) and their children Zarah; Marek, his daughter Angie Baseraba (Cory) and their children Zander, Evan and Hayden; his youngest son Sterling Sobczak (Shana) and their children Eddie, Gabriel and Charlotte. He also leaves behind extended family as well as many, many treasured friends.
Here’s hoping Amma was waiting for him, drink in hand…ready to begin their next adventure together. xoxo
A celebration of Sig’s life will take place at a later date.
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