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Pasko Cotic
Our handsome Croatian man, loyal and kind, most of all so very brave, died on October 2, 2013, at Kaiser Hospital South Bay, his wife Anke was at his side. In the days before, Drago Odak and his daughter Ivanna visited and spoke Croatian to Pasko, then kept in touch with his sister Verdrana and husband as well as his uncle Branko and family in Split. We are especially sad because once again a horrible type of cancer has cheated a loved one out of the well deserved autumn of life. Pasko was born on March 15, 1951 in Split, Croatia, to Kruno Cotic and Nevenka Cotic nee Odak. His parents are no longer living. In his early years he sailed his boat on the Adriatic, hardly preparing him for his years as a seaman/electrician crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on merchant ships, once on a broken down freighter in a winter storm to Island, when the entire crew feared the ship would break in half. Pasko landed in America in the late 1980s, with a work permit in hand and good friends he learned to set tile, he proudly pointed to buildings all over Los Angeles where he had done work. During salmon spawning season, in July and August, he could be found in Naknek, Alaska crewing on a fishing boat. Fabulous stories he told. Anke's family came from Germany to Alaska, together they followed in Pasko's footsteps, the stories about low tides, salmon runs and the sorting of giant halibut will continue until Mya goes to see for herself. Thanks to Pasko, she loves fish, from canned sardines to freshly caught larger species. He worked at Southwest Marine in San Pedro until many new Longshoreman were needed to unload the containers carrying merchandise Made In China and to load the empty ones going back to China. He hustled for every hour and never stopped until he reached the A- Book level. Pasko became step dad to Anke's son, John, a fellow Longshoreman. Pasko gave his application card to John to enter in the lottery of 2004, it was picked for the first group to be hired. He became the very special grandfather to Mya from day one, she was born on June 15, 2002 to Rachel and John. On the 2nd of October at sun down, we gathered at White Point, drove down the hill, climbed over rocks to get as close as we dared to waves of the incoming tide. Our tears dried in the wind as we tried our best to throw the bouquets of lilies, carnations and gladiolas stem by stem beyond the incoming waves. If Pasko's soul lingers on it's journey, it will be there. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 6, 2013
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