Ante passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 at St Mary's Hospital, Kitchener surrounded by his loving family. Cherished father of Mladenka (Ivan) Raos, Mark (Anna), Joseph (Maryanne), John (Doris) and Angelo (Niki). Dear Dida of Mate (Elizabeth), Ante (Maya), Stephanie (Robert), Anthony Francis, Anthony John (April), Andreya, Ante, Iva, Luka and Mateo. He will be missed by his great-grandchildren Angelina, Ivana, Karmela, Milan, Jack, Leo, Lucia, and Eleanora.
Predeceased by his wife Karmela of 67 years, his brothers Stipe, Jozo, and sister Marija. Ante will be sadly missed by brother Cimplica-Sam, (Željka) and their family, many nieces and nephews throughout Canada and Croatia, as well as kumovi and friends throughout the world.
Ante was born in Dobrinče, Croatia. At a young age, he took on the burden of supporting the family due to the illness of his father, Marko. After marriage to Karmela in 1954, they started their own family. He escaped communist Yugoslavia to Italy in search of a better future for his family. Eventually, he made his way to Toronto, Canada in 1960. Finally, in 1963, Karmela and their children joined Ante. In the beginning, his struggles and hardships in a new country were many as he and Karmela built a home while raising their five children. Ante was actively involved within the Croatian community. He worked at Long Manufacturing in Oakville and became friends with many of his coworkers over the years. He was courageous, kind, helpful, and generous to all he met, his home was always open to everyone with a warm smile and open heart. He will be remembered as a dedicated family man, a determined hard worker who was respected by all.
Ante’s family will receive relatives and friends at Turner & Porter - 1981 Dundas Street West, Mississauga from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, 2023.
Funeral mass will be held at Croatian Martyrs Church - 4605 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, on November 13 at 10:00 am. As per Ante's wish, he will be buried in Croatia.
In Ante’s memory, donations may be made at the funeral home for the restoration of Sveti Stijepan Church in Dobrinče, his final resting place.
A Livestream of the service will be available at: https://www.croatianmartyrs.ca/