On August 1, 2014, Louis Lokanc (1938-2014) passed away after a courageous battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend, Gisele, his children Anne-Marie (John Piasta), his sons Martin and Louis-Anthony (Lisa Ferguson), and his four grandchildren, the joy of his later years, Mackenna, Amelie, Liam, and Nicholas. Louis was predeceased by his parents Josze and Ana, his youngest brother Anton and his brother-in-law Joe Kozole. He leaves to mourn him his brothers and sisters Joe (Sabina), Ana, Martin (Mira), Zofka, his sister-in-law Marica and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Louis left Slovenia to come to Canada in 1957. He was determined to build a successful life and did. With great strength of character and an admirable work ethic he completed his education from high school through to university while working full time in underground gold mines, smelting plants and laboratories. Louis had a successful and rewarding lifelong career as a chemical engineer in the mining industry working in management or as a consultant and always enjoyed the challenges of refining processes or developing new ones. Louis went where the work was, from Quebec to Ontario, Alberta, N.W.T., USA, and Iraq/Kurdistan.
Louis was married for 41 years and had 3 children he was very proud of. Being away at work never prevented him from being very present in their lives. He loved his homeland, Slovenia, and returned very often to visit his family and friends but also to help them work the land. In the past 5 years, he has accomplished a true labour of love in renovating and landscaping the ancestral homestead.
Those who were close to him describe him as a good and happy man, a man of character on whom they could rely. He will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Louis' Life will be held at the Evergreen Chapel on Wednesday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Interment. The Evergreen Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home address is: 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton AB, T5Y 6A2. Lunch will be served at the Slovenian Hall: 16703 - 66 Street for all who attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: 47 Squire Bakers Lane, Markham, ON, L3P 3G8 Canada (www.canadianpulmonaryfibrosis.ca/get-involved/donate).
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Aug. 11, 2014