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May 9, 1923 - July 9, 2012
Our beloved Opa passed away peacefully in his 90th year on July 9 after a brief struggle with lung cancer. He was born in Hromec, Yugoslavia, and is the last son of Martin Tepes and Maria Artic. He leaves his dear wife Leopoldine (née Kadunc), his daughter Ingrid (Marc Parent), his adored grandchildren Milena (John Kowal) and Louis- Martin (Jennifer Dodd), and his one year old great- grandson Charles Etienne Parent. Also left to mourn are his sisters Rosina, Marija, and Ivanka, as well as sisters-in-law Verena Tepes and Wilma Putre, and many nieces and nephews in Europe and the United States.
Opa faced many challenges in bringing his young family to Canada, but he overcame all obstacles with his strong will, his wit, and his kindness.
Sincere thanks are due to the caring doctors, nurses and caregivers at VGH, Community Care Services, and the Cancer Clinic. In particular we wish to thank Dr. Chen, Dr. Karam, nurses Christina and Shirley and caregiver Lucia. Also we wish to thank his dear friends Rosie and Stefan Bozic for always being there when needed.
A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30 AM at St. Andrew's Church, 480 East 47th Ave, Vancouver. A viewing and prayers will take place July 16 at 7 PM in the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on July 14, 2012