GORJANC, ANTON (TONY)
Passed away at home with
all his family by his side on
Thursday, July 11, 2013 at
the age of 84. Survived by his
devoted wife of 50 years, Amelia; daughter Daniela (Ian) Macdonald; sons Louie (Sherri), Tony (Joanne);
grandchildren Michael, Kenzie,
Nicole, Devon, Megan; sister Maria Lenarcic and many, many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Alojs and Francisca Gorjanc, his brothers: Joseph, Louie and Ivan and his sister Teresa.
Grampa was born on January 6, 1929 in Tolsti Vrh,
Slovenia. He served in World War II with the partisans. Shortly after the war, he made his way to Austria and
other parts of Europe. He immigrated to Canada in 1955, unable to speak English and with no money, making his
way to Toronto, Winnipeg, Northern Alberta and Northern BC. After several stops in Northern BC, he met the love
of his life, Amelia, in Prince Rupert, where they raised their three children and where he worked at the Pulp Mill for
32 years. Tony worked extra jobs in home construction
and landscaping, where his strength and work ethic was demonstrated and admired. He retired and moved to
Kelowna in 1992, where he enjoyed his passions for the outdoors, hunting, gardening, collecting his own firewood and mushrooms, Bocce, Dominoes, Yahtzee, golfing,
photography and most of all spending time with his family and friends. Tony cherished all of his grandchildren and they treasured him in return. Grampa was a big man in
stature and had great strength. With a simple hand shake he would crush one’s hand and would then shower one with tremendous hospitality, if they could still hold a glass! The family wished to express their gratitude for the compassion, guidance and assistance of the nurses and staff of the
Central Okanagan Hospice Palliative Care Program.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013
at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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