George Ralph Zaninovich was born on October 24, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, as the fourth child of George and Kate Zaninovich. His family relocated to San Pedro, California, where George attended San Pedro High School (Winter Class of '55) and pursued night classes at Harbor College while working at the San Pedro News Pilot.
After serving in the Army in Munich, Germany, he returned to San Pedro, and met Sonja Uskovich of Brbnj, Croatia, whom he married in 1964.George and Sonja raised their children, Guy and Kim, in San Pedro, actively participating in the Holy Trinity parish, where Sonja taught and their children attended school. While George found employment with United Parcel Service in 1974 and took pride in being a Teamster, his true passion lay in collecting toy cars.
He founded West Coast Toy Collectors and weekends were filled with toy, doll, and collectible shows that George produced with the help of his family.In 1998, George and Sonja retired to Gig Harbor, Washington. He passed away on December 23, 2023 in his sleep in Richmond, Virginia after visiting with his family in anticipation of Christmas.
George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Kate, and his siblings Kay "Queenie" Valentine, Margie Jackson and Tony Zaninovich. He is survived by his wife Sonja, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage, his son and daughter Guy and Kim (Jon Rajkovich), and his two grandchildren, Gia and Zinn.
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