LEANDER VALENTIN SKOF, BA, M Com
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1926 - 2014
With great sorrow in the hearts of those who loved him, Leander Skof passed away peacefully in Slovenian Home Dom Lipa on August 18, 2014. He died while holding his wife Tjasa's hand, who remained faithfully to the end at his side. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Tjasa of 27 years and her son Mark (Kristen) and grandson Luka, all of whom are overwhelmed with gratitude for his kind and loving presence in their lives. His passing is also a loss to his four children: Yvonne (Andrew), Alexandra (Greg), Mark (Elena), Michael (Kimberly) and fifteen grandchildren: Taylor, Stephanie, Nicole, Michael, Bryan, Katie, John, Jessica, Christina, Melanie, Ashley, Amanda, Selena, Nathan and Jenna.
He will be fondly remembered by his sister Zdenka and his niece Eva (Tom), as well as by his extended family in Canada: Yolanda, Jana, Tanya (Marcello), Daniella, Matteo, Miran (Connie), Alexander and in Slovenija by Blanka (Ferdinand), Natasha (Marko) and Nejc.
Leander was born in Slovenija to Zdravko and Vera Skof. His youth was filled with many enjoyable and fulfilling experiences. He finished classical studies in high school and became interested in archeology and history. His father who furthered his interest in collecting Roman coins, some of which were donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in 2004. When the Germans occupied Slovenija during World War II and closed all universities, Leander fled to Graz, Austria to complete his studies. He then immigrated to Canada in 1948 and arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was the beginning of a new life filled with adventure and success. Soon after he travelled to Toronto and studied Marketing Research at the University of Toronto. He obtained a Master of Commerce Degree in 1955. This led to a successful career that included Ontario Hydro for 28 years as Manager, Marketing Research. His work took him to many interesting places of travel around the world. After he retired, he continued to travel for pleasure with his wife Tjasa, especially on cruises. He lived life full of much humour and enthusiasm and continued to enjoy his love of history, as well as classical music. His main passion, however, was sailing. As a Captain of his sailboat, the Libra Libera - "Free Spirited Libra", he enjoyed navigating across all of the Great Lakes of Ontario and invited many friends to join him as crew mates. Leander was very patriotic for his beloved homeland, Slovenija and regularly visited. After the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, he worked tirelessly for the recognition of the independence of Slovenija. He then continued as editor of the Slovenian magazine, Glasilo, wrote news for the Slovenian radio station, participated in the Slovenian Congress and was involved in many of the Slovenian charitable and social organizations.
Your presence we miss, Your memory we treasure,
Loving you always, Forgetting you never.
"Naj ti bo lahka Kanadska gruda!"
Visitation will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (at 14th St., between Islington and Kipling Aves., 416-259-3705) on Friday, August 22nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be led by Father Tony Burja, CM, on Saturday, August 23rd at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal (739 Browns Line, Etobicoke, M8W 3V7). Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery (8361 Yonge St., south of Hwy. 407 in Thornhill). It would be greatly appreciated that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Slovenian Home - Dom Lipa. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com
Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2014