Radovan Vaso Adzich
Resident of Cupertino, CA
Radovan (Roy) passed away peacefully at his home on June 13, 2010, at the age of 85 with family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Helen, of 51 years, children Christine, Malena, George (wife Arynn), Robert (wife Kathy), Vaso (wife Mary), grandchildren Gabriel, Dominick, Anika, Alexis, Liliana, Ryland, Zachary, Siena, brother-in-laws John Bjeletich (wife Nancy) and Dan Bjeletich, and several nieces and nephews. Three special angels; Nikolas, Luka, and Jakob will be joined with their grandfather in Heaven.
Roy was born in Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) on August 14, 1924 to Vaso and Milica Adzich. He was the youngest of 7 children and continued to stay connected with relatives and friends in the "Old Country" his entire life. World War II pulled him into the army at a very young age to fight against the Communists and Axis forces. After being captured by the Nazis at the age of 18, he spent two years in a POW camp in Salonika, Greece. His easy-going demeanor and positive attitude earned the respect of his fellow prisoners and German guards.
With no option to return home, after the Communists had taken over Yugoslavia, he immigrated to Canada where he spent the next 15 years. He met his wife, Helen, in Butte Montana, married in 1958, and started a family.
The family moved to California in 1961 and they remained in the same house that Roy built in 1964. The house has always been filled with family and friends. It was an uplifting and memorable experience to visit with Roy, as he had an infectious smile, a twinkle in his eyes, and a warm nature that left a long lasting impact on everyone that knew him.
A strong sense of community was always a part of Roy's life. He helped to start and build the first Serbian church in the Santa Clara Valley and continued to serve in any way that he could throughout his life. Roy practiced the most important lessons of generosity by giving of his time, money, and possessions to those in need.
Roy had a natural passion for life and accepted all the obstacles that were presented to him without complaint or questions. He suffered through many medical ailments and never allowed these physical setbacks to affect his spirit or will. The family owes a great debt of gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, Firefighters (Engine 7), and caregivers that allowed him to enjoy life to the fullest. A very special "Thank You" goes out to Noemi Lewelling.
Memorial: Friday June 18 at 7:00pm at the Alameda Family Mortuary, 12341 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, Saratoga, CA 95070 with visitation from 4-7:00pm. Funeral: Saturday June 19 at 10:30am at the Serbian Cemetery, 1801 Hillside Blvd., Colma, CA 94014.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Archangel Michael Building Fund, 18870 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 16, 2010