John Hryckowian

John N. Hryckowian

Sunday, December 18th, 1955 - Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
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Raleigh, NC – On Tuesday July 30, 2019 John Nicholas Hryckowian, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 63 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Dolores DiMauro Hryckowian of 46 years, daughter Michelle Giunta (Tony), son Christopher Hryckowian (Michelle), and his precious grandson Bo. John will forever be remembered by his sisters Lydia Loguercio (Jimmy), Maria Bechand (the late Ronnie), Cathy Jones (Jimmy), and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends.

John, a proud Ukrainian, was born December 18, 1955 in Cohoes, NY to the late Iwan (John) and Helena Husianycia Hryckowian. He is a Union College graduate and moved to Poughkeepsie, NY where he lived for 33 years. John worked as a dedicated employee of IBM for 38 years as an Electrical Engineer until his retirement in 2012. After retiring from IBM, John continued his employment with Encore Semi developing detailed physical designs of the most complex computer processors of their time. John and his wife Dee relocated to Raleigh, NC and built a second home in Bozeman, MT to be able to spend time with their grandson.

John will always be remembered for his witty sense of humor, being a hard worker, and his infectious smile and contagious laugh. In his free time John enjoyed playing golf, watching hockey, and traveling with good friends.

Relatives and friends may visit Fitzgerald Funeral Home 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes, NY 12047 Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 3-6 pm. A Panakhyda service will be held at 5 pm.

Funeral services will be held at Fitzgerald Funeral Home Monday, August 5, 2019 at 9:30 am and 10 am at St. Peter & Paul’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cohoes, NY 12047. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Waterford, NY.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 4th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, August 4th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
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    A Panakhyda service will be held at 5 p.m.
  • Service

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Peter & St. Paul's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    198 Ontario Street
    COHOES, NY 12047
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Vladimir Marusceac
  • Interment

    Saint Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
    Middletown Road
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  • Christian Cross


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Jim Eckhardt

Posted at 06:31am
I worked with John at IBM since 84. Great guy. God bless you, I miss you brother

Jeanne Trinko Mechler

Posted at 10:49am
Dolores and family,
We were all saddened at GlobalFoundries (former IBM ASIC Chip Design Center team) to hear of John's passing. I worked with John for many years at IBM in the ASIC chip design center, and most recently his work with GlobalFoundries through Encoresemi. We all appreciated his ability to dive in on the tough problems and to get the entire team to dig in on the errors and get the chip design finished and into the fab. He had a very direct approach to getting folks to work together to solve the challenging issues which will be sorely missed.

Jeanne Trinko Mechler, GlobalFoundries ASIC Worldwide Design

Stephan Karabin Sr.

Posted at 04:03am
Dear Dolores and family, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. I remember John’s wonderful laugh and friendly smile in high school. Our families were very close, when we were small, with roots going back to the Old Country. May John Rest in Peace in Eternal Memory. Sincerely, Stephan Karabin Sr. and family - Stuttgart, Germany.

John DeFazio

Posted at 08:49pm
I joined IBM on a Monday, and on that Tuesday, I was asked if I knew how to play softball. I said “of course”, thinking it involved underhanded throws and carrying a beer to the outfield. Little did I know that this was “serious” softball – windmill throws, signs, stealing, etc. Obviously, I was a little petrified when I went to the field and saw what was going on. Then this friendly guy came over and introduced himself as Johnny. He said to relax and have fun. From there it was one of the best times of my life – having fun, meeting people, and enjoying the comradery. Greg Tinn and I have some stories, but that’s for another time. As with most things, it doesn’t last. Hence, we grew up and grew apart because I moved to North Carolina in 1994 with my wife and two kids. Growing up in the Northeast, we always had a love for hockey. So, it was no surprise that we adopted the Carolina Hurricanes and started attending games regularly. Fast forward almost 20 years from my last softball game, I pass this guy in the arena with a big mustache and pony tail, and he spotted me almost simultaneously. Nah, it couldn’t be. But yes, it was. “No way” we each said after a big hug. From then on, we’d see each other at the games (his seats were 1 section from ours), converse, and introduce each other to our own friends, noting that we played softball together all those years ago. Johnny was one of my first friends at IBM and for that, I will be forever grateful for his lifelong friendship. Despite the big time gap in the middle, we never forgot those days on the field, and the beers afterward. Love you, man, and the arena will be missing a bright light come opening night.

Jennifer Lombardo

Posted at 07:38pm
With deepest sympathy. Love, John, Jennifer and Alyssa Lombardo
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