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Ivo Zaninovich


12/17/1925 - 04/21/2015 Obituary
Ivo Zaninovich Obituary
On December 17, 1925 (Ivo) was born to Ivan And Margaret (Zaninovich) in Velo Grablje on the island of Hvar in Croatia. The island was known as a fishing island, hence the sea became an integral part of Ivo that he embraced throughout his lifetime. Life was hard for the family of five, Ivo being the oldest son. As a young man he was drafted into fighting in World War II. Wounded in battle, but continued to fight, he was proud to defend his country.
After the war he returned to his education. Graduating from University of Zagreb, as a Naval engineer. Working in Split for a few years success was limited, he immigrated to France, via Italy in 1956. Three years later, he realized more opportunities lay overseas in America. With the help of his Uncle Marko, he obtained his Visa and arrived in the United States in 1959. After working with his Uncle in Delano for a few years, he left for San Pedro to work for Rados Engineering Company.
While perfecting his trade with Rados, his designs ranged from small boats to industrial ships. After years of experience he was able to branch out on his own, creating Ivo Zaninovich International in 1982. His architectural ship designs were fabricated and built in Asia, Italy and along the west coast of America. His greatest accomplishment was designing a fleet of 225 foot tuna seiner for Star-Kist Food Inc., which still sail the world oceans today. At every helm bears a plaque with his name under the Captain's wheel.
War broke out in his homeland, splitting the country he loved into pieces. He organized relief efforts of food, medical supplies and monetary means. He founded the Viz-Dom foundation, a charitable organization providing international relief for Croatia. Through the foundation he was able to provide scholarships to orphaned children, helping the next generation become successful.
In his later years he enjoyed traveling between the countries. Being multi-lingual, communication was never an issue. it was on one of these trips he reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Emily, who he married later in 2009. They enjoyed visiting the two countries together until his health started to decline. Unable to travel back to America, he passed on April 21, 2015. He was laid to rest on th 24th in Velo Grablje, Hvar, Croatia.
His sister Maria preceded him in death as he leaves behind his wife Emily, sister Lucia, brothers Vide and Tonko, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. As he starts his next journey, he stands at the helm of his ship enjoying the sun rise on calm waters. We will always love you and miss you, until we meet again.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 28, 2015
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