William (Viljem) SULICH

SULICH, William (Viljem)

William passed away at the age of 86 on January 7, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Josephine (Jozica) daughters Bojana(Ole), Helena(Randy), Jenny and his grandchildren Peter, Mathew, Jesse, Sabina and Katerina as well as many close family members in Slovenia including Vilma, Marija, Zmago, Marijan, Ugo, Sabina, and all their children. William was born in Alexandria, Egypt on September 9, 1924 to parents Alojzij and Helena Sulich. He spent his childhood years in between Prvacina, Slovenia and Egypt. During the Second World War he served from 1940-1943 with the Indian Eighth Division British Army as a Crusader Tank Driver under General Montgomery. After the North African Campaign he helped to liberate Yugoslavia, especially the Primorska region, in Slovenia. He later became a Wood Technologist Specialist and worked for Kli in Logatec, Slovenia where he met Josephine. Before venturing to Canada Josephine and William spent several years in Italy. They came to Canada in 1960 where they settled in Calgary, Alberta. English was the last of seven languages William learned and he worked very hard to support his family. William eventually became an Animal Research Technologist at the University of Calgary’s Medical Research Center. Upon retirement he and Josephine opened Josephine’s Furs and had a successful business for over 15 years. In 1990 William retired for a second time and moved to the Okanagan where he and Josephine enjoyed their retirement in Kelowna, British Columbia. William found the Okanagan to be very similar to his beloved Prvacina where he found great joy growing his bountiful produce. William loved fishing, enjoyed taking tours to the United States with close friends, and especially enjoyed his trips back to Slovenia. He was a good Bocce player as well as a member and treasurer for the Kelowna Bocce Club. During his time as the club Treasurer, he was instrumental in the expansion of the Club on Rose Ave. William was also a part of the Slovenian Society of the Okanagan where he enjoyed volunteering for many years as a board member.

William’s family would like to extend their most gracious thanks to William’s care givers including Dr. McIntosh, the Palliative Care Team, and the Central Okanagan Hospice House who made his last weeks comfortable. There will be a celebration of life on January 13 at 11:00 am at the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Service, 1121 Sutherland Avenue Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Okanagan Cancer Society.

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