ANTON MARION LOVRIC

Obituary

Anton “Tony” Marion Lovric, 83, a 48 year resident of Anacortes, died on Friday, July 4, 2008 at Fidalgo Care Center in Anacortes.

Tony was born July 13, 1924 in Baska, Croatia, the son of Bartol Kazimir and Marija (Lukanovic) Lovric. He received his schooling in Croatia and Italy.

During WWII, Tony was in the Yugoslav naval forces and boated people from Dalmatia to Italy in a PT type boat. He was captured by the Germans and taken to Dauchau concentration camp where he was forced to work for 14 months until the American troops, led by General Patton, liberated the prisoners.

After the war was over, he finished his schooling and earned a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. Tony taught at a naval technical school in Croatia. He also worked as a naval architect at a large shipyard in Rijeka and also in Vela Luka, Croatia.

Tony always spoke his mind - - never holding back what he thought. That got him in trouble with the Yugoslav government authorities. His friends warned him that he would be arrested, so he and two other friends escaped during a storm in his sailboat that his father had built.

They landed in Bari, Italy in 1958. He worked there until he got papers to immigrate to the U.S.A.

Tony entered the U.S. in New York on March 10, 1960 and went to Gary, Indiana where his cousins lived. After getting his green card, he moved to the west coast where he had friends in Anacortes, WA.

Tony loved the mild climate, ocean water, farms, rivers and lakes. He said “everything one needs is here.” He commercial fished for a few years and repaired the boats and started building his own boat.

On a trip to San Pedro, CA, he met Florence Foretich and proposed to her after 3 days. They married on September 29, 1962 in San Pedro, CA and have been married 45 years.

They moved to Anacortes, WA in April 1963 where they have lived since then. They had 5 children, all born in Anacortes. In 1965, Tony had an opportunity to buy a house and beach property with one building on the tidelands. It was a cod fish processing plant many years ago. Tony had a dream to build a shipyard and marina like his father. He worked very hard, working the tides to develop the shipyard and marina and rebuilding the house that was in need of many major repairs. With the help of friends, employees and relatives, he relentlessly pursued his goal and established Lovric’s Sea-Craft.

As his sons got old enough, they also helped to build and repair the shipyard and boats. Moving heavy objects was a skill they learned, as using recycled materials to build the yard taught them ingenuity. The work ethic was engrained in them.

Tony also loved to have a good time. He was very gregarious and wanted to be around people. He loved to sing and dance and be the life of the party, especially at many activities at the Elks Club, where he was a trustee and member for 40 years. Tony was also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the American Croatian Club of Anacortes and a Patron of the Vela Luka Croatian Dancers. There were many happy times with the Croatian community and family friends. Salmon barbeques and day trips on his boat “Deception Pass” with family and friends were always a delight.

A major stroke in January 1998 forced Tony to retire. He still was able to enjoy looking out the window at the work going on at the shipyard. He was also able to enjoy parties and even sing at them until this last month. His health declined and he was liberated from his frail body on Independence Day to an even better place to call home.

Tony is survived by his wife, Florence Lovric of Anacortes; his sons and daughters-in-law, Bart & Xiaomei Lovric, Marion Lovric, Anthony Lovric, John & Nikki Lovric all of Anacortes; his daughter and son-in-law, Juliana & Duke Pirak of Alexandria, VA; his grandchildren, Kasimir Lovric of Anacortes, Danijela and Johnny Pirak of Alexandria, VA; and his sister, Marica Madronic of Rijeka, Croatia.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2008 at Evans Funeral Chapel. A Rosary Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m, Thursday, July 10, 2008 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 11, 2008 at St. Mary Catholic Church with interment at Grand View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.

To share memories of Tony, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA.