In Celebration of

George "Djordje" Nikolovski

March 20, 1935 -  September 6, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George “Djordje” Nikolovski on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at the age of 87. Loving father of John (Carla) and Mark (Joanne). Cherished grandfather of Ljiljana, Juliana, Valentina and Arianna. Proud uncle of nephews/nieces in Zagreb Croatia: Angelo, Viktoria & Stanko (Marko), Mikica & Davor (Nikolina, Viktoria, Vjeko), Toronto: Mark & Hilary (Alexander, James & Eric), Tony, Frank, Julia & Michael (Christyna, Michael), Angelina & Matt. Nis Serbia: Andja, Ivan, Joca. Split, Croatia: Toni & Milka (Ignacia, Ivan and Marija), Ana, Milwaukee USA: Angie & Kyle (Niko, Neven), Ivan (Lily)

George was born in The Kingdom of Serbs Croats and Slovenes in 1935 to the parents of Marko (Prizen, Kosovo) and Marija Nikolic Kolja Nikolovski (Janjevo, Kosovo). He grew up in the city of Skopje, N.Macedonia and in the neighbourhood of Krivi Dol, where till this day his parents home still stands. George grew up in a family of 7 who were primarily farmers and bakers. George was fortunate enough to learn how to be a baker at his father’s bakery in Topaana, Skopje. Living around Skopje exposed George to many diverse cultures which enabled George to communicate in different languages. He was a born linguist and spoke fluent Albanian, Croatian, Macedonia, Serbian, Turkish, Slovenian, Italian, English and some Russian.

During his earlier years in Skopje, George had the unfortunate circumstance of losing his brother Angelo (1952) and Viktoria (1953) at a very young age and subsequently his mother Marija (1955) and father Marko (1964). During those years, George was a decorated Paratrooper in the Yugoslav army where he served 2 1/2 years as an active peacekeeper in Syria during the early 60s.

Due to the instabilities of living in Yugoslavia, George felt compelled to flee Skopje and ended up in Italy. He was held as a refugee for about two years near Trieste, at Risiera di San Sabba camp. In 1965, he was later relocated to Latina outside of Rome where he disembarked by boat to Pier21 in Halifax, Canada. George was finally reunited with his brother Victor in Toronto and this is where he began his way of life.

It wasn’t until 1966 that George decided to revisit Yugoslavia where he met and married his loving wife Lily.

George and Lily came back to Canada where they started their new life having both John and Mark. After several years, George and Lily attempted to move back to Zagreb in 1978 to be with his brother Nikola, but the opening of a Burek restaurant didn’t work out and in 1979, they moved back to Canada. In those remaining years, George worked in various bakeries and later worked in the roofing industry.

George’s wife, Lily, passed away in 1998 and shortly after he retired but was still actively helping his sons with their growing families. He was well known in the Albanian and Croatian community. His favourite pastime was to travel frequently to Croatia and he was an avid soccer fan.

The Nikolovski family would personally like to thank all our friends and family here in Toronto, USA, Croatia, N. Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, and Sweden for all their kinds words and messages throughout this difficult time. Our Dad was wonderful man who will be missed by everyone who knew him. The world just isn’t the same without you in it.


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Mary & Luca Trozzo (Friend)

Entered September 7, 2022 from Toronto

We are very sadly mourning the passing of an incredible human being. Even though I know everything that was listed in this obituary, it still extremely impressive to me. His fluidity in numerous languages, including and embarrassingly for me, Italian, was often the start of a fun, enthusiastic and informative conversation! Luca and I were lucky enough to be close to George throughout the years so as sad as we're feeling right now, we're also extremely grateful for the opportunity we had to spend so much time with him. He has often provided me with great comfort and extra special attention during some of my most challenging times.

We are sad first and foremost but we know that George is greeting heaven with the same passion that he shared with us. God bless you George | RIP Dedo to all.
xx Mary & Luca T.

Gregory (Family Friend)

Entered September 7, 2022 from Ghajnsielem, Malta

My Family and I send our Deepest Condolences 💐 to the entire Nikolovski family. George was our Good Friend who left a tremendous amount of memories with us, we will miss him…May He Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with you all 🙏.

Dean Grima (Friend)

Entered September 7, 2022 from Toronto

Condolences to the entire family. R.I.P. Georgie

Diany and Augusto Novelli (Friends)

Entered September 7, 2022 from São Paulo / Brazil

Our hearts and prayers are with all of you, Nikolovski family. Rest in peace, George.

Erica Zlomislic & Family (Friend)

Entered September 7, 2022 from Canada

Please accept our family’s deepest condolences. George was a legend in the Croatian community - a great Catholic and a true patriot. We will miss him very much.

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Julia Barrasso (Kolja) (Niece)

Entered September 8, 2022

After my father died (Viktor, Uncle George's brother) uncle George stepped in to share the father daughter dance to the Italian song, "Lauretta Mia". Uncle George said in Italian that he would never forget having this dance with a daughter.

Our family will miss uncle George and now he is with his brothers and sister in heaven. You will be missed.


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