February 18, 1926 - January 3, 2015
Born February 18, 1926 in Brlog, Serbia passed away peacefully January 3, 2015. Predeceased by his beloved wife Alexandra (Seka) in 2011. Also predeceased by his brother Dane and sisters Ankica, Bosa and Sofia. Treasured uncle of 15 nieces and nephews across Canada, United States, Serbia and Australia. Fun-loving “Deda Miso” to 18 grand (and great grand) nieces and nephews. Milan was also Kum (Godfather) to numerous individuals and families, all of whom now mourn his passing.
Together with his dynamic wife Alexandra, Milan owned and operated A & M Gallery Gifts and Picture Framing, one of Windsor’s first custom framing businesses. Extremely vibrant and active in all aspects of their lives, Milan and Alexandra were inseparable and enjoyed life to its fullest throughout their 60 years together. Milan was a member of Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church choir for over 50 years. He enjoyed nothing more than evenings filled with tambura music and singing traditional Serbian folk songs in his beautiful tenor voice. A consummate gentleman to his last days, Milan’s innate kindness will remain a beacon of remembrance to all who knew and loved him. Visitation at Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church, 1960 Meldrum Road from 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 10, 2015 until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with the Very Rev. Fr. Milan Jovanovic officiating. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. In Milan’s memory, donations may be made to the Gracanica Church School - Tambura Group.
DOBROTA, Veselin (Vic)
June1, 1918 - September 24, 2015
Our father died peacefully on September 24, 2015 at 97 years of age. He was born in Bratiskovci, Dalmatia, on June 1, 1918. Predeceased by his beloved wife Jane (nee Bull) (2003) and by his parents Damjan and Jelena, five brothers - Slobodan (1924), Velimir (1934), Raiko (1954), Radoslav (1980), Bogoljub (1983), and sister Bosiljka (1929). Dear father of Paul Corbett (Joy), Helen Bartram (Bill) and Elizabeth Dobrota (Wolf Ruck). Proud grandfather of Sarah and Andrew Bartram, Kieran, Trevor and Brendan Ruck. He leaves behind nieces and nephews in Serbia and France, as well as relatives in Dalmatia, the U.K. and California. After he graduated from Teachers College, his teaching career was interrupted by World War II which took him on an unforgettable journey through Yugoslavia, into Italy and then to Alberta, Canada, in 1948. Thanks to the encouragement of his Kums (Milan Dobrich and Nick Budimir), Dad moved to Windsor where he made his new home and became a proud Canadian citizen. He met and fell in love with Mum and they shared 50 devoted and loving years together. The family life they created brought him his greatest joy. He also found a new place for the heart and soul of his Serbian roots to thrive... his beloved Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church and community which became his second family where he developed many dear and lifelong friendships. His church support and involvement earned him much love and respect. He taught Serbian to countless children for over 40 years.
Dad worked tirelessly developing his own insurance brokerage servicing friends, business clients and newcomers. He retired at the age of 82 to help take care of Mum. His passion was collecting and reading countless books on the history of his Serbian culture and heritage. He was a kind and generous man, always giving whatever time and energy he had to those around him, extending a helping hand whenever/wherever needed. Our sincere gratitude goes out to CCAC for providing tremendous support over the years, to those outstanding individuals from Paramed who provided daily personal support, and wonderful nurses from St. Elizabeth, all of whom gave Dad exceptional care, which enabled him to stay in the comfort of his home. Heartfelt thanks to Nurse Practitioner Ms. Rowley and the palliative care individuals, including those from Bayshore, for their special care in Dad's final weeks. Many thanks to Dr. Loebach, the late Dr. Boyd, Dr. Goel, Dr. Morsi, and Dr. Pearce for their professional services and support over the years.
Visitation will be held at Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 895 Ouellette Avenue (519) 254-3223
on Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 7:30 p.m. Family and friends may gather for a service at Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church (1960 Meldrum Road) on Monday, September 28 at 11 a.m. with the Very Rev. Father Milan Jovanovic officiating. Interment at Windsor Memorial Gardens to follow. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Tributes to Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church (Education Fund) or charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.