Juraj (George) Brlecic
Brlecic, Juraj (George) passed away on Sunday morning December 28th, 2014 with the love of his family around him. He had a great passion for life and because of this he fought wholeheartedly to live, but his brief illness with cancer overcame him. George was born in Marija Bistrica, Croatia. He loved his family so much and had a very strong work ethic. George loved the outdoors for fishing, hunting, mushroom picking and working around his home tending to his wine grapes and yard. He also loved music and people.
After spending 2 years in Paris, France; George came to Canada in 1967 to apply his trade as a painter, then worked as a Longshoreman for over 30 years with ILWU local 505. In addition to this, he had his own log salvage business working as a beachcomber. But beyond this he was a man of many talents that took great care and pride in everything he did and always a man of his word. He was admired and inspired by many.
George is survived by his loving wife Barica (Barbara) of 41 years; son George of Kamloops, daughter Marian of Victoria and son Chris (Laura) of Vancouver; brother Ivan (Esperanza) of Courtney, BC; sister Gabriella of Croatia; numerous nephews and nieces and extended family in Croatia, Germany and the USA.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday January 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm at St Theresa’s Catholic Church 750 Rutland Rd N Kelowna, BC, with Father Louie Jimenez as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V7
A special thank you to Dr. Bobyn and to our Palliative Care Team (Jody, Christine, Shiela, Kathleen and Racheal) for their exceptional care during George’s illness.
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