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Georgi Risko

November 3, 2013

Southern Shores- Georgi Risko passed away at his home on Sunday, November 3, 2013 while sleeping.

Georgi was a great man who fought for his country and loved his family as much as any man. In his high school days he was a talented pitcher. He received several tryout requests form the Pirates, Phillies and other professional baseball clubs. However, being a good student was not a top priority.  He ended up with a GED in order to join the Navy at the age of 17.

His Navy career was decorated and well respected. While he was not a show off and he rarely spoke of it, the commendations he had earned often were more prestigious and plentiful then his superior officers. His greatest feat in the Navy was being promoted from enlisted to officer or a “mustang”, which is not very common. While in the Navy he completed a B.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University. His Navy career ended in San Diego after 26 years.

His post military life started with FMC/United Defense/BAE Systems where he opened and ran their first field maintenance office in Norfolk, Va. While with them he completed an MBA at William and Mary College. Later in his career his role expanded to include international development markets, where we traveled to Egypt, Spain, Argentina, and Chile among other countries to maintain their fleets. After 15 years he left the corporate world.

After a 3-year stint as a realtor in Stillwater, MN he and his late wife Nancy made the move to Southern Shores, NC. At the time, he felt it was necessary to take his retirement seriously. In the Outer Banks, he landed his dream job as a starter at the Pointe Golf course. In addition to his dream job, Georgi became involved with Score and the Military Officers Association of America. He loved helping the area business within Score. The entrepreneurial spirit he witnessed from those small business owners gave him great joy and satisfaction later in life.

Georgi was preceded in death by his parents George and Louise Risko. His wife Nancy passed away in October of 2008. He is survived by his son, Brian and daughter-in-law, Kimberly.  He also leaves behind two grandchildren Brandon, 7, and Sarah, 3. His family and friends will miss him tremendously, as he left us with so much more life to give.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 15th at 1pm at Kitty Hawk Methodist Church. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.