April 17, 1924 – Rakovica, Croatia
October 13, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Joseph Rich went to our dear Lord Jesus Christ, on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the age of 89 years while in the presence of Maria, his wife of 51 years, and their two daughters, Anita and Wendy. Joseph was born April 17, 1924 in Rakovica, Croatia. He had been on his own since age nine. Joseph served in WWII. He learned European custom tailoring in Croatia. He spent five years in refugee camps before immigrating to Canada in 1949. Joseph first worked on farms in Olds, AB before settling in Calgary where he eventually opened his own custom tailor shop for over 40 years. Joseph loved his family and “chewing the fat” with friends while they visited at his shop. He enjoyed western movies, wildlife, nature, country drives, lying out in the sun on the grass, listening to Croatian music, and working with his hands especially on his car. Joseph loved as he had lived with honesty, humility and integrity, and more importantly, he loved God and Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Marija Bistrica Croatian Catholic Church (14680 Deer Ridge Drive S.E.) on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the charity of your choice.
In living memory of Joseph Rich, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences