It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the Djurickovic Family announces the death of Zarija Djurickovic on Nov. 2nd, 2013. Zarija was born in Malenza, Montenegro, Feb. 15, 1930. Zarija was the 4th of 10 children born to Jovana and Petar. He is survived by brothers Ljubomir and Djordje, predeceased by brothers Novak, Dusan and Vojin and sisters Djordjina, Stanka, Jelena and Ljubica. He leaves behind over 40 nephews and nieces in Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland, Australia, the U.S. and Canada.
Zarija was educated as a skilled tradesman and worked as a talented heavy-duty machine repairman; often commended for his skill and innovative thinking. He immigrated to Canada in 1963 with his loving wife Rabija and infant son Slobodan. Just over 1 year later their second son, Dragan, was born. Zarija and Rabija spent the next 40 years in Windsor where they became pillars of the Serbian community. They were founding members of the St. Dimitrije Church, and were heavily involved in church activities. In the spirit of building community, Zarija and Rabija always found time to help new immigrants transitioning to life in Canada. They moved to Burlington in 2003 to live near their grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law.
Cherished "Djed" to grandchildren Amanda, Dylan, Zarija, Luka, Maya, and Markus, Zarija will be greatly missed by daughters-in-law Kara and Elisa, his brother-in-law and sister- in-law Milic & Rada Drakulovic, who were lifelong best friends. We are grateful to our Kumovi - Brkovic and Celebic families; both from Windsor.
Zarija passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital; he became ill while visiting his grandchildren in Victoria, BC.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses, care aides and doctors at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their exemplary care and kindness during his last days, Dr. George Stojanovic (deceased) for lifelong care and support, and to General Motors of Canada for helping our family achieve a Canadian dream.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 8th from 6pm-9pm in the Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road W., Oakville. A mass will be held on Saturday November 9th at 10:00 am at the St. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Parish, 1039 Dundas St. W., Oakville, immediately followed by interment at St. Volodymyr Cemetery.
Published in The Windsor Star on Nov. 7, 2013