It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Franjo Zubac on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the age of 75. With his beloved wife of 46 years, Janja, faithfully by his side, “Tata” passed away peacefully at home following a courageous battle with cancer.
He will be missed by the many who were touched by his spirit, generosity and love. Born in 1944 in the small village of Gradnići, Bosnia-Hercegovina, he arrived in Canada in the mid-1960s in search of a better life, one that provided more opportunities and freedoms. He was incredibly proud of his Croatian roots and enjoyed returning to his birthplace whenever he could. He was also a proud Canadian and appreciated all that his new home offered. His success in Canada was attributed to his strong work ethic, unfailing commitment to family and friends and his unwavering faith in God.
He was a loving and devoted father to his sons Nick, John (Erin), and Joe (Marianne) and proud “Dodi” to Jack and Finn (John) and “Dedo” to Blake and Elise (Joe). His grandchildren brought him much peace and happiness. They were the sparks in his eyes. His “unučad” love and miss him.
Whether he was fixing his car, tending to his lavish garden or offering a guest food and drink he had made with his own hands, he relished new challenges and discoveries. He often reminded his family that there was much to learn in this life. This same curiosity inspired his sons and grandchildren to develop and pursue their own passions and interests. He will always be our shepherd.
Family and friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of QEW) on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm. Prayers at 8:15 pm.
Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 9 am at Our Lady Queen of Croatia Church, 7 Croatia St. Toronto. Interment Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga.
The family is thankful and appreciative of the efforts of staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Toronto). If desired, donations in Franjo Zubac’s honour can be made to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Promise Campaign (supportstjoes.ca).
The family also wishes to thank the caring and compassionate staff of the CCAC Mississauga Halton LHIN and the Dorothy Ley Hospice for being with us in our father’s final days.
Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca