Late in the morning on Tuesday, June 25, Mihály Szivák drew his last breath of this life in Llano, Texas – 38 years, 6 weeks and 4 days after arriving on Earth and 15 months after learning he had pancreatic cancer.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, on May 10, 1981, Mihály immigrated to the United States as a small child. He was a resident of the Charleston area since moving with his family to South Carolina from Massachusetts in 1989.
Mihály attended College Park Elementary and Middle Schools and graduated from Stratford High School in 1999. He studied math and music at Charleston Southern University, and made his career as a machinist for several airplane part manufacturing companies.
Mihály regularly played Dungeons & Dragons with friends, annually attended the Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering, and loved driving and working on cars. His analytical mind took pleasure in learning languages and technical troubleshooting. He also enjoyed singing, played violin and ukulele, and secretly authored of a collection of poems entitled “101 Valentines for Lillian Gish.”
A proud yet inexperienced father of twins, Mihály had a wicked and witty sense of humor and was quick with a laugh. He became a patient teacher, a passionate lover, and an existential ponderer whose faith was deeply wounded by the death of Superman (Christopher Reeves) following the actor’s inspirational and courageous journey with quadriplegia.
In his short life, Mihály’s personal connections were few. He found spiritual inspiration in The Book of the Law. The gentleness and resilience that he discovered and quietly nurtured within himself is a testament to his unique strength, and will forever live on in the memories of those that knew and loved him.
Mihály is survived by a son, Sean Mihaly Szivak, and a daughter, Aniko Lillian Szivak; his partner, Shanna McGarry; his parents, Sándor János Szivák VI and Katalin Éva Esek of Ladson; and two brothers, Dániel and Sándor Szivák VII, also of Ladson.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Sándor Szivák V and Éva (Vasas) Szivák, and by his maternal grandparents Mihály Esek and Éva (Kulcsar) Esek.
“This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.”