Henry "Hank" Safarik

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Henry "Hank" Safarik, 69, died July 18 in Tavernier, Florida Keys.

Born in Manhattan in 1940, he lived in Key West, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Colorado, Arkansas and back to the Keys in 2008. He lived in Eureka Springs from 2001 to 2008. Hank was our "Zorba," an adventurous man who created a very interesting life with many different business ventures.

His occupations included butcher, truck driver, pizza maker, wrecking ball guy, leather crafter, Tampa sponge diver, Everglades airboat guide, commercial fisherman, auto body shop owner, sub shop owner, real estate investor and landlord.

His loved ones remember his big bright smile, his stories and his generosity. Supporting the arts, wildlife, and Lakota children gave him joy.

He was a collector of art and also produced some fine stone sculptures of his own. He was an accomplished sportsman who enjoyed golf, sailing, diving, downhill skiing and mountain biking. He was learning to line fish in the Florida Keys during his last months. His spirit shined with beautiful inspiration in the face of a terminal illness.

He served in the Army, 101st Airborne in Panama, completing more than 100 jumps. He was a Mason for 45 years, and was the Master of the Lodge in Boulder, Colo. He was a Shriner and drove a funny little car in many parades.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Cynthia Ré Robbins Safarik of Eureka Springs; mother Ida Henson; siblings Bill, Ken and Linda; daughters Claudette, Diana, and Kristen; granddaughters Jasmine, Desurai, Daniela, Cristina and Nicole; great-grandchildren Shad'ai, Jacob and Lucianno.

Preceding him in death were his father Bill Safarik and daughter Deborah.

He will be greatly missed, always remembered, forever loved. A "Celebration of Life" will be held in Tavernier. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Shriners Hospital for Children: www.shrinershq.org.