Ernie Giavedoni, 77, who resided at 76 Tallahassee Road, Georgetown, SC, died peacefully at home on April 24, 2021 following complications from an uncommon brain disorder, cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). He leaves behind his sister, Ethel; best friend and spouse, Bev; four children; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and extended family.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1943, to Ernest Giavedoni Sr. and Adelaide Csiko, Ernie’s youth was upended by the political upheaval of the day. At the age of nine, his parents walked their two young children to a refugee camp in Italy. In 1956, the family found sponsorship in the United States, and they set sail for the Land of Opportunity.
Ernie graduated high school in Cleveland, OH and enrolled at Case Western Reserve College in their pre-med program. In order to serve his new country, he also enrolled in the Army Reserves and trained and served stateside during the Vietnam War from 1965–1970. Ernie started a family with his first wife, Barbara, and raised two sons whose successes brought Ernie pride and joy.
In 1986, Ernie married his second wife, Beverly Jamieson, a prominent member of the Statesville, NC art community. The pair had two daughters who brought Ernie another wave of joy.
Ernie was a hard worker throughout his career. He held various management positions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina at diverse manufacturing companies, including TRW, AA Products, and Dai Nippon Printing. He worked at Dai Nippon in Concord, NC for 15 years until his retirement as Vice President of Operations in 2010.
Throughout his life, Ernie loved art and aspired to become a successful photographer and figurative sculptor. In his retirement, he devoted himself to sculpture, along with other artistic endeavors. He won awards for his work, including multiple first and second place awards for his sculpture. He was a member of Tristate Sculptors Guild (since 1985) and Seacoast Artists Guild in South Carolina (since 2013). His art is held in private collections in 10 states and multiple countries around the globe.
Ernie’s death was preceded by his nephew, Nicholas Steven Petro, and first wife, Barbara Giavedoni. Ernie is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beverly, of Georgetown; son Jerome Wojciechowski and his wife, Andrea, of Cumming, GA; son Eric Giavedoni and his wife, Jane, of Fort Mill, SC; daughter Sarah Giavedoni of Asheville, NC; and daughter Rose Gonzalez and son-in-law, Anthony, of Charlotte, NC. Also surviving are his sister, Ethel Petro, and her husband, Nick, of Strongsville, OH.
The family wishes to thank Tidelands Community Hospice and their staff, including Ms. Kathleen Palmer, for their invaluable help in his final days, as well as Ms. Latoya Garrett for her kind and professional assistance.
The immediate family will receive family and friends at a memorial service at Pawleys Island Chapel in Pawleys Island, SC on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 1:30–2:30PM.
In lieu of gifts or flowers for those unable to attend, the family invites everyone to view the sculptures he was so proud of and share a story about Ernie at bevernstudios.wordpress.com/memorial.
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