• Lakeshore Mortuary
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Vladimir Arandjelovic 1938 - 2013

Vladimir Arandjelovic

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Vladimir, I am so sorry to find out so late that you passed away in December 2013. Someone sent me a note yesterday through another person I don't even know, I had to google you to find this page. I am also very sad that we didn't get to meet each other as planned in summer 2013 after so many years. I was looking forward to it. You were my mentor, my teacher, my friend and above all, you were like a father to me. I never got the chance to tell you this in person. My life turned upside down 8 months ago and I neglected to contact you again and check up on you... I should have, obviously, and I regret it. I am a great sign painter because you taught me everything about it (with Larry too of course) and I enjoyed my 5 years working with you and our daily conversations on all subject of life, you inspired me. I appreciated your kindness, your openess and your sense of humor. I love you Vladimir, I hope you are resting in peace, you deserve that much :)

Au revoir Vladimir...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Vladimir Arandjelovic – Bekan was a dear friend of mine, something I wrote to him in my last message. I wrote saying he is my Vitamin F (for friend). Unfortunately, all I received was a response from his wife Vera. My dear friend had already left us.

Although we only came to know each other in the last ten years, and despite the fact that we were geographically distant (I live in Skopje, Macedonia) and we didn't communicate on a daily basis, we maintained our friendship via email, Skype, phone. It was a wonderful friendship that I was very proud of.

It was impossible for anyone who knew Bekan not to love him since he had a big heart, and kind and comforting words to offer at any time. He was an intellectual from whom one could learn, he was a sincere, loyal and a selfless friend.

I can't accept the fact that I am left without my Vitamin F, but he will forever be in my memory as a rare man deserving utmost respect. May he rest in peace.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
I met Vladimir when I was a student in Nancy France. Vladimir then opened a window on Marshall Tito's Yougoslavia and delighted me with Serbian jokes. I remember sitting with on the terrace of the Jean Lamour's cafe on the Place Stanislas in Nancy as he was about to depart to the US with Susan and Marina. I am not sure I remember if I knew then that I would also move across the Atlantic but I ended up in New York City while Valdimir and Susan were in Indianapolis. I flew there despite my fear of flying then and renewed our acquaintances. Then it was an on and off that was suddenly reenergized when the US started bombing Serbia. We visited Vladimir and Susan in Phoenix just after their condo burned down which hardly seems to have fazed him while he was smoking a cigarette by the pool at the hotel they were staying at while the condo was being rebuilt. And then the internet got us all in semi daily contact so I learned about the divorce, the new wife, Turkey, Belgrade and back to the US with the final note from Susan about his passing.

What a story !!!

And I did not even mention that he played the bass, painted, spoke French better than I do even though I was borne there and knew comparative literature.

What a guy !!!!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Remembering Vlado and our many conversations in our small but cozy office in Graves Hall at Hope College in Holland, MI. Your mind, Vlado, was always active, much more lively and engaging when carrying forth on philosophy or literature than the mundane details of everyday life. Wonderful memories of a kind man, Suzie, and Marina!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Vlada was one of my best friends, ever since I met him in 1968. He was kind, generous and tolerant. The photo I submit is from our last meeting in Beograd in September 2011.
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