George B. Tinyk, 79, passed away on Saturday, August 8 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, with his loving wife of 55 years, Sandra A. Tinyk, and devoted son, Michael David Tinyk of Rockville, MD at his side. Born on May 21, 1941 in Katowice, Poland to Michael and Helena Tinyk, he spent his early childhood in Wangen im Allgau and Munich, Germany before emigrating to the United States with his family in 1949. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy and the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He later earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven.
George began his career working for the State of Connecticut where he set up Connecticut’s first half-way house for alcoholics in Norwich and another for drug-dependent adults in New London. Later, he was employed by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, serving in the Human Resources department where he initiated the Employees Assistance Program as well as the company’s offices in Pomona and San Diego, CA.
He went on to serve as personnel manager for Hasbro and later worked in the human resources and administration offices of various computer companies in the greater Boston area, including Prime Computer and Codex. He later joined Kenney Manufacturing and Victor Electric. He also served as a human resources consultant to local businesses and counted Arthur Young as his primary consultancy.
George and his wife, Sandra (Sandi) were married on December 12, 1964, and relocated to Barrington, RI in 1978. Together, they engaged in many activities in which their son, Michael, could also participate, including skiing, sailing, traveling and visiting sites of historic and artistic significance. While George enjoyed reading, travel and working on his sailboat, his primary devotion was to his family. In addition to his wife and son, he leaves a daughter-in-law, Heather Gewandter, and two grandchildren, Noah and Sadie Tinyk, of Rockville, MD. He also leaves a sister, Vera Petronek of Mystic, CT and two nephews, Andy and Devin Morell. He leaves his best friend of many years, John Palermo.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there will be no funeral services, but a gathering for friends and relatives to honor his memory will be planned at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Hulitar Hope Hospice Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.