Daniel Wayne Sizick - a.k.a. Pounder, a.k.a. Dan the Man, a.k.a. Big Herm, a.k.a. Grandpa, and a.k.a. Pepaw passed on from this life into paradise to be with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, March 8, 2021.
If you ever were around Dan, you laughed. Likely a lot and hard. His quick witted humor, his willingness to help, and his friendliness caused people to always enjoy their time around him. His distinct strut (due to polio), his plastic toothpick, and his impressive belly (late night snacking among many of the reasons), were quite recognizable outward characteristics. Showing his belly to his youngest granddaughters via FaceTime was a must, with them always returning the favor.
He was born to the late George J. and Winnifred (DuBeau) Sizick. Although his father was a police officer, Dan still managed to shoot himself in the leg as a teenager. Born and raised in Saginaw, MI, after graduating from Arthur Hill High School, Dan was hired at General Motors where he was a self-proclaimed “foundry rat.” He would retire with the company in 1992 and move to Arizona to float in his pool and work on his “savage tan.” It is still a mystery if he betrayed his employer with the purchase of a Toyota truck in retirement.
Survived by the love of his life, Penny (Glover) Sizick - was blessed to celebrate 50 years of marriage and the renewal of their vows in June 2020 with family and closest friends. His grilling skills, budgeting prowess (although usually leaning toward cheapstakeness), work ethic, and protectiveness made him a spousal catch; although it would be Dan who was caught when he met his Penny Sue.
Dan was not much for fashion or extravagance, he was easy to shop for - University of Michigan sweats, t-shirt, or sweatshirt more than sufficed. He always drove a new car - GM’s Chevette was the staple (remember the cheapstakeness?). He was much for sports, oceans, fire pits, mountain views, and his dogs - who always found comfort on his lap while he sat in “his” chair.
In addition to his wife, left to honor with pride his memory, are his two children - Heather (Mark) Clifton and Heath (Janell) Sizick, and his beloved six grandchildren, in whom, when infants, would cover their ears when he talked because he always spoke as if he was yelling...often being reminded that we are right here! When talking loud on the phone, we had to remind him he doesn’t have to talk so loud in which he would reply, “Well I have to talk loud because you are so far away!” He loved his grandchildren dearly - Matthew, Elise, Samuel, Cooper, Faith, and Ruth.
Dan was the brother of seven siblings - the late George M. (Pat) Sizick, surviving sisters - Janelle Weber, Sue (Ed) Ott, Diane Boks, Sherry (Gary) Potter, Laurie Morton, and Carla (Rod) Cornelison. Also left to cherish his memory are many nieces and nephews along with many dear friends along the way.
Although we will be sad to never hear a sink called a “zink,” we do rejoice that on February 25, 1996 Dan made the best decision of his life, now and forever, in surrendering control of his life to Jesus Christ. He was a different man, a better man, from that point on and now lives on in peace, joy, love, and wholeness with his hope and faith realized in eternity.
Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at CFV Medical Center and CFV Hope County Hospital for their special care of Dan while he was with them. And to Southview Baptist Church for their unending kindness and support during this time.
The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Dan’s favorite charity, Alms House of Hope Mills, in Daniel Sizick’s name. Alms House feeds the hungry, clothes the needy, and provides counseling and financial assistance.
PO Box 65
Hope Mills, NC 28348