1938 - 2017
Vinko Bozanich passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 69 years of age. He is survived by his loving-family; wife Edith, children Kathy, Glen, Lana , his brother Dragan (Bozena) and their daughters who will miss him greatly but are happy for all his love and guidance. Vinko was born in Komiza, Croatia. He came to Canada on October 17, 1956 and arrived in Halifax Canada at Pier 21 on April 29, 1957. He was the best and happiest at being a husband, father and friend. His brother, Dragan and his family followed a few years later. Dragan arrived September 21/77 and his wife Bozena, daughters Jolana and little Kathy following later.
Vinko worked at Weyerhaeuser for over 30 years. The picture in the newspaper shows Vinko grabbing the first bale coming off the conveyor belt. He and Edith drove across the country when he retired at 60. They loaded up the trailer and off they went for 3 months! Vinko loved hunting, fishing, his garden, working on cars and playing cards regularly while having coffee with “the boys” after he retired. He was phenomenal with remembering dates and figures. He could tell you exactly what date and year he would catch a moose/deer. Vinko was always willing to help others and fix your car. He really knew his stuff and had enough tools to put your garage mechanic to shame!
Neighbourhood kids would come knocking on his door with a soccer ball asking “can Vinko come out and play.” We will miss his familiar phrases such as “it must jelly cause’ jam doesn’t wiggle like this”, as he shook his tummy. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the BC Cancer Society (Foundation), Suite 600 – 686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1G1.
The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Dr., with Natasha Schrader, Celebrant. Vinko will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery in a private burial.
Condolences may be expressed at www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com