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MILAS, Zvonimir

January 14, 1944 – Sarajevo

September 20, 2015 – Calgary, AB  

Zvonimir “Zvonko” Milas passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the age of 71 years.

Zvonimir was born in Sarajevo, BiH at that time Croatia NDH.  His early life he lived in Rama – Prozor.  In 1960, he completed his automotive mechanic apprenticeship in Sarajevo and started his attempts for a better life.  He immigrated to Regina, SK in 1965 where a year later he was joined by his wife to be Ruza (nee Filipovic) also from Rama.  They were blessed with two sons and two daughters.  He made a living working as a heavy duty mechanic at an Elkford, BC coal mine where he also maintained his passion for working on automobiles. He always appreciated what a great life Canada offered for him and his family, not forgetting and holding dear to heart his homeland of Croatia.

Zvonimir is survived by wife, Ruza; his four children, Magdalina, Ivan, Martin (Irena) and Kata (Larry); grandchildren, Lea and Mia; his brothers, Ivan, Stjepan and Jozo; his sisters, Marta, Marica and Ana, including numerous nieces and nephews in Croatia, BiH and Germany.  Zvonimir was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Manda and his sister Kata.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Our Lady of Marija Bistrica Croatian Catholic Church (14680 Deer Ridge Drive SE, Calgary) on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Marija Bistrica Croatian Catholic Church (14680 Deer Ridge Drive SE, Calgary) on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Zvonimir Milas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E.. Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Culi smo o tuznoj obavijest. Od Mame i od Sunja saljemo vam svima nasu sucut.!!! Zao nam je svima da se dugo nismo vidjeli – pa je jos zalosnije da necemo moci doci na sprovod !!!
    – – Rest In Peace —

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  2. Sorry to hear about your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  3. Dear Rose and family sending prayers your way. May he rest in peace.

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  4. I am very sorry to hear of Zvonimir’s passing. I have memories as a boy playing soccer with him. When I was older and worked at Fording Coal, he was very kind and helped me when I needed it. He was incredibly strong, I saw him lift equipment that I do not think anyone could lift. Thank you Zvonimir.

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  5. Thinking of you at this time Rose. Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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  6. Ed & Ivanka Vodopija

    Our condolences to your families. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  7. Barb & Drago Skukan

    Our deepest condolences to the family.

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  8. Rod and Angie Hooper

    Rose, sincere condolences to you and your family

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  9. Anthony and Kristina Zaradic

    Condolences from the Zaradic family. May Mr. Milas rest in peace and may you all find comfort during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  10. Susie Koennecke (Hamel)

    So sorry for your loss! Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Maggie, please give your Mom a big hug for me! Xoxo

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