William W. Slavik


William Walter Slavik of Brecksville, Ohio, age 31, passed away suddenly on September 29th, 2020 from pulmonary complications.    William had Sanfilippo Syndrome, MPSIIIA.  In his early years William was a young man in constant motion and found great inspiration from his friends on PBS such as Barney, the Sesame Street Gang, Bob Ross, and Norm Abram.   He very much enjoyed cheese straight out of the wrapper causing his parents to try different devices to lock the refrigerator door, none of them successful.   He was a loyal Cleveland Indians fan.  He admired golfer Payne Stewart and NBA player Shaquille O’Neal.  More recently William enjoyed trips to the Cleveland Zoo, Medina Fair, Cleveland Metroparks with the Ohio Horsemen’s Council, Tall Ships, Botanical Gardens, and Rice Lake in Canada.  Always welcomed by family and friends, he was quite a happy guy.

William is survived by his parents Lou and Chris Slavik, sister Kat Slavik, Grandfather William (Mary) Slavik, Great Aunt Louise (Doc) Smith, Great Uncle Danny Clancy, Uncles Walter (Angie) Reese, John (Margie) Slavik and Aunt Becky Reese along with numerous cousins.  William was preceded in death by Grandmothers Alice May Reese, Suzanne Slavik, Grandfather Walter Reese and Uncle Teddy (Becky) Reese.

 Memorial contributions may be made to National MPS Society, PO Box 14686, Durham, NC 27709-4686 or Team Sanfilippo Foundation, PO Box 144, Sarasota Springs, NY 12866..

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  1. Julieann Lonero says:

    Tears in California. Reading this brought smiles to my heart. The joy and Luvv your family shared is what makes this journey with MPS bearable. Jacqueline also had luvved her Barney and eating Moo Cow packaged cheese.
    Sending Luv and prayers to your family.

  2. Patty Taormino says:

    My heart is breaking for you, I know the struggles lately for you. I can only imagine the days and nights ! I pray you find peace in the days ahead with all the good times and fond memories that William did bring to your family ! We’re forever family here, and he’ll never be forgotten ! Until we see him in heaven, whole and free of MPS, sending my love and prayers ❤️🤗🙏🏼

  3. Danielle OConnor says:

    At a loss here…my heart is breaking for you guys right now. I will be forever grateful that you were always on the go, allowing William to be a physical part in our lives. Forever grateful that through the horrible illness that is also taking our Emily, we have made lifelong friends with you guys. Love and prayers always xo

  4. Pat Makselan says:

    I know your hearts are very sad.😢 William touched the hearts of many people. As a family you loved him deeply and gave him many opportunities to enjoy life!!! He was an angel on Earth and now an angel in heaven😇 my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time🙏🙏🙏🕊🕊🕊❤❤❤😘

  5. Anna Kidwell says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet boy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am sure my angel and many others met him as he entered heaven. He is free to be as he was meant to be. Fly Free sweet William.

  6. Barbara Pryor says:

    Sorry to hear about William. He had a very adventurous life due to you guys. ((HUGS))