Mr. Markcity died July 15, 2013, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1956. He was preceded in death by parents, George and Vera Markcity; and sisters, Olga Markcity and Libby Stukovski.
Mr. Markcity attended Ridley College, St. Catherines, Ontario, and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was hired in 1957 as a pilot, and flew for Eastern Airlines, enjoying a career that spanned 32 years, 22 years as captain. He relocated his family from Florida to Cornelia in 1976, when he purchased Fox Run Farm and enjoyed farming and raising cattle in addition to his career as a commercial pilot. He retired from EAL in 1989 to spend time between Georgia, Canada and Florida. He enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling, computers, cruising, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Elks, American Legion, and was past president of the Habersham County Rotary Club and Crystal Beach Hill Association.
He will be remembered for his generosity, wit, storytelling and infectious sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Diane Metzger Markcity; son, Michael R. Markcity (Cheri) of Plantation, Fla.; daughter, Cheri Kennedy of Cornelia; daughter, Pam Bradley (Mark) of Huntsville, Ala. He was loving grandfather to granddaughters Megan, Karlie, Alyssa and Breckyn Kennedy; grandsons Christopher and Jonathan Markcity; grandsons Noah and Jacob Bradley.
Memorials may be made to Mr. Markcity’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The Northeast Georgian
August 2, 2013