SVETICH, Joseph Jr. "Joe" With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Joseph Jr, (Joe) Svetich. With his family at his side, Joe passed away peacefully on May 22, 2014. Predeceased by his parents, Milka and Joseph and brother Martin. Joe is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 45 years, Milka, his children, Mary Ann (Scott), Susan (Mike), Michael (Julia), his sister Mary, brother John (Audrey), sister-in-law Anna, nieces & nephews, and many relatives in Croatia. The later years brought Joe (Deda) his special little angels; Kristina, Antonio, Cassia, James, Connor & Lukas. His grandchildren brought him immense joy and he treasured every minute spent with them. Joe was born in Razvanusa, Croatia on March 9th, 1929. He immigrated to Canada with his Mom and brother, Martin in 1938 to reunite with his father, Joseph, who had immigrated 10 years earlier to start a new life for the family. Joe's career as an apprentice Machinist started out at Hillcrest Lumber Co. He then moved on to spend the majority of his career as a Millwright Foreman at Western Forest Products. Upon the mill's closing, Joe spent the remainder of his career working for Mayo Forest Products. Joe was a dedicated family man, who demonstrated his love by providing for the family. His passions were farming, fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with family and friends. He had a great love for all his special animals. Dad leaves behind many long time family and friends, whose hearts he touched throughout his life. Prayers will be offered at H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, BC on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 7pm. Mass for the Christian Burial of the Dead will be celebrated at St. Edwards Catholic Church Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Red Cross, Victoria Branch are appreciated. Online condolences can be expressed at www.hwwallacecbc.com. His memories never forgotten and forever in our hearts. We love you Dad!
Published in Victoria Times Colonist from May 28 to May 29, 2014