OBITUARY

Victor Lloyd Sliwa

February 15, 1980May 6, 2019
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Victor Lloyd Sliwa passed away suddenly of unknown causes, in his home on Monday,May 6, 2019. His sweet energy will be greatly missed.

Victor was born on Feb. 15th, 1980 in Temple, TX. He attended both Temple High School and 1st Presbyterian Church in Temple, Texas. He began working in the food industry at Austin Java in Northwest Austin, transitioned to a line cook position at the Balcones Country Club; which then led him to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He auditioned for and secured a position as line supervisor at Great Hills Country Club while attending the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts/Texas Culinary Academy in Austin, TX. He proved his worth overnight by becoming a prodigy Sous Chef prior to proudly graduating on November 7th, 2003 as ‘Chef Vic’. He then went on to be highly relied upon as a Sous Chef at The Crossings Wellness and Spirituality Center in Lago Vista, TX. Victor later went to work for Aramark to supply meals for The Dallas Morning News staff. He eventually moved-on to take a food services contract job as a liaison for Eurest to service Dell Corporation employees in Austin, TX; where he worked for about a decade providing for their upscale corporate café`s and executive dining centers. He was known for being the guy who would get the job done; as well as being smart, trustworthy, helpful, authentic and had a lot of empathy for others.

Victor was a foody with a keen interest and appreciation for eclectic music genres and was also very creatively, mechanically inclined. Those who knew Victor personally described him as a kind, sweet-natured man with a solid temperament and energy. When people remarked how much he resembled his father in appearance and mannerisms or called him ‘Michael 2.0’, he never seemed to mind.

Victor was quiet and introspective yet he could be rambunctious and was known for his wit and good sense of humor….particularly one-liners. From the moment they met, his wife, Jamie, thought he was cute, loved his beautiful smile, and enjoyed his intelligence and impish manner. He had a disarming chuckle and gave great bear hugs. He was a good brother and relished perpetually picking on his little brother, Lucas, who promptly reciprocated.....when he wasn’t initiating. Victor was a good-hearted man who loved dogs and enjoyed rescuing his golden retriever mix Socrates, and his two pit bulls, Abigail and Tucker.

Victor was a loving man and there was no one he loved more than his (7 year old) son, Jacek. In fact, Jacek could even be called ‘3.0’ since he is the spitting image of his father. They shared many interests and enjoyed working on projects together. One of the most important things they shared was their contagious giggle and laughter. Happily, Victor was able to spend his last few months doting on Jacek.

Victor is survived by his son Jacek Scott Sliwa, wife Jamie Taylor Sliwa, father Michael Sliwa, step-mother Janelle Clements, mother, Jan Kirby Salzman and step-father David Salzman, grandmother Mae Offield, brother Lucas Sliwa and wife Amanda Sliwa, step-sister Jessica Leal and husband Jerry Leal, step-sister Jordan Clements, step-brother Ryan Salzman and wife Catherine Salzman and step-sister Corinne Salzman Todd and husband, Lee Todd, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Please join us at 1:00 PM, Saturday May 18th, 2019 Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home 9700 Anderson Mill Road in Austin, Texas 78750. Victor had a great memory and it is our hope that you will share some of your memories at the Reception following his Memorial Service.

  • FAMILY

  • Jacek Scott Sliwa, Son
  • Jamie Taylor Sliwa, Wife
  • Michael Sliwa, Father
  • Janelle Clements, Step-Mother
  • Jan Kirby Salzman, Mother
  • Savid Salzman, Step-Father
  • Mae Offield, Grandmother
  • Lucas & Amanda Sliwa, Brother
  • Jessica & Jerry Leal, Step-Sister
  • Jordan Clements, Step-Sister
  • Ryan & Catherine Salzman, Step-Brother
  • Corinne Salzman & Lee Todd, Step-Sister
  • Victor is also survived by many nieces and nephews who will lovingly cherish his memory.

Services

  • A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Victor Lloyd Sliwa Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memories

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Stephen Schrimpf

May 17, 2019

The first thing on my mind is that my prayers are with the family of Vic. This is a really are hard thing to endure and I would not even know where to begin. So I have to start with my memory of Vic. He was hired by our Executive Chef Fred Perry at The Crossings. When I first met Vic, my impression was that he seemed intense but that was ok. He was on a mission to fulfill his culinary dream and be employed. In the course of time we all realized how Vic was such a good worker. Eventually, he was promoted and held more responsibility. What caught my attention during this time with Vic was that he was such a good learner. He must have had good parents because he new when to make a heart felt change when managing others in order to be a better manager and he so did effortlessly. That is not common. You know working in the Food Service industry is not easy. But I will never forget how Vic would laugh and crack a joke during some really trying times and that helped me when I was down. He would lower his head, quietly laugh with a slight snicker and come up with a witty comment and I would looked up and realized it was not that bad. Vic was precious! He had no problem in evolving and transforming, for me that is a real gift. So Vic, it may be too early for us but it was God's time. Thanks for the opportunity of knowing you. You will be remembered.

Kira Sellers

May 9, 2019

I didn’t really know him that well but he was there throughout my whole life. He was my dad’s best friend, and my dad and family have so much love for him and his family. I have always known him as a great person, and I am very sad to hear this. I will keep his family in my prayers. Rest easy Vic.

Cameron Sellers

May 9, 2019

I was crushed when I heard this saddening news. Vic came to work for me out of culinary school, and he quickly became my ace. I used to call him my baby chef! He was like a little brother to me. He was there for me through some of the most difficult times of my life and there for me through some of the best as well. I loved him as he loved the world. He was not only a great chef, he was the best friend anyone could have! A great father and a loving husband. I will miss him dearly and treasure him always... our loss is definitely Heaven's gain! RIP my brother... we will carry on for you.

Fred Perry

May 9, 2019

I am shocked and very saddened to hear this. Vic worked with me at The Crossings as he was starting his career.
Always a hard working Chef that took great pride in his craft. Always a level head, great mentor and just plain funny. Was sad to see him leave the Crossings but happy to see his career he grow. There is a void in the culinary world without him. Blessings to his family over this huge loss.

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Biography

Victor was born on Feb. 15th, 1980 in Temple, TX. He attended both Temple High School and 1st Presbyterian Church in Temple, Texas. He began working in the food industry at Austin Java in Northwest Austin, transitioned to a line cook position at the Balcones Country Club; which then led him to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He auditioned for and secured a position as line supervisor at Great Hills Country Club while attending the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts/Texas Culinary Academy in Austin, TX. He proved his worth overnight by becoming a prodigy Sous Chef prior to proudly graduating on November 7th, 2003 as ‘Chef Vic’. He then went on to be highly relied upon as a Sous Chef at The Crossings Wellness and Spirituality Center in Lago Vista, TX. Victor later went to work for Aramark to supply meals for The Dallas Morning News staff. He eventually moved-on to take a food services contract job as a liaison for Eurest to service Dell Corporation employees in Austin, TX; where he worked for about a decade providing for their upscale corporate café`s and executive dining centers. He was known for being the guy who would get the job done; as well as being smart, trustworthy, helpful, authentic and had a lot of empathy for others.

Victor was a foody with a keen interest and appreciation for eclectic music genres and was also very creatively, mechanically inclined. Those who knew Victor personally described him as a kind, sweet-natured man with a solid temperament and energy. When people remarked how much he resembled his father in appearance and mannerisms or called him ‘Michael 2.0’, he never seemed to mind.

Victor was quiet and introspective yet he could be rambunctious and was known for his wit and good sense of humor….particularly one-liners. From the moment they met, his wife, Jamie, thought he was cute, loved his beautiful smile, and enjoyed his intelligence and impish manner. He had a disarming chuckle and gave great bear hugs. He was a good brother and relished perpetually picking on his little brother, Lucas, who promptly reciprocated.....when he wasn’t initiating. Victor was a good-hearted man who loved dogs and enjoyed rescuing his golden retriever mix Socrates, and his two pit bulls, Abigail and Tucker.

Victor was a loving man and there was no one he loved more than his (7 year old) son, Jacek. In fact, Jacek could even be called ‘3.0’ since he is the spitting image of his father. They shared many interests and enjoyed working on projects together. One of the most important things they shared was their contagious giggle and laughter. Happily, Victor was able to spend his last few months doting on Jacek.