In Celebration of

Ivan Vrkljan

March 19, 1930 -  May 29, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, Ivan VRKLJAN.

Ivan was born in Ricice, Croatia on 19th March 1930. Ivan was a loving husband to his late wife Manda and loving father to his sons Mato, Mark and Ante. Ivan was also a loving Son, a loving brother, a loving uncle, a loving father-in-law, and loving grandfather and great grandfather.

Ivan’s life will be remembered for his love of family and friends.

Ivan grew up making great sacrifices that today would be very difficult or impossible. At the age of 31, Ivan and the family sailed from West Germany on the ship MS Seven Seas destined for Canada with the hope and dreams of a better life. The family received 20 dollars (165 dollars today) from Canadian Immigration upon arrival and told to carry on is how our family’s humble beginning started. Ivan not knowing the English language managed to find work that sustained the family until his retirement at age 65. The family reached out to the Croatian community church at the start of their new life in Toronto, Ontario. Ivan and the family assimilated to Canadian values and traditions FIRST, then with honour and commitment received Canadian citizenship in March 1967. Our family learned and spoke English and also kept some values and traditions from where they came from, Ricice, Croatia. Ivan was a proud and very personable man who made many friends and was appreciated for his knowledge, skills and giving nature. Our home was often a gathering point for family and many friends to enjoy mums cooking and sing songs like back in the old country. Dad enjoyed talking politics and serving his home made wine when friends and family came over. Ivan loved the outdoors, he would often take our family to High Park in Toronto to picnic on the hill amongst the big trees overlooking Grenadier pond. Ivan would also pack up our family to gather at the many Croatian Sunday picnics at various parks. Ivan enjoyed watching celebrity roasts from the 1970’s as well as many programs of comedians and sitcoms. Before coming to Canada, Ivan grew up in Croatia in the 1930’s at a time of great great sorrow around the world. Our Dad would explain to us kids and in our adulthood that what gave him strength when things were very difficult was his faith and belief in Jesus Christ, his saviour.

Ivan VRKLJAN will be laid to rest beside his loving wife Manda at Assumption Catholic Cemetery. So let it be written, so let it be done. May Ivan reach the heavens to be with his loving wife Manda and the many family and friends who have gone before them. It was mum and dads faith that helped them throughout their lives. Our final sacrifice as the adult children is to lay to rest our parents with respect, sacrifice and love. The beautiful home we grew up in with love, laughter and sacrifices, milestones and memories we carry with us always because home is a feeling dad would say and not necessarily the sticks and bricks. Where ever we are in our lives let our loving memories of our parents Ivan & Manda VRKLJAN give us peace in our hearts and minds always.

Peace be upon you.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Turner & Porter, Exclusive Retirement - Dowling Residence and St. Joseph’s Hospital where dad was being cared for.

Friends may call at Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Sunday, June 11, 2023 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Interment Assumption Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ivan and Manda Vrkljan’s memory to any woman’s shelter.


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Mark Vrkljan (Son)

Entered June 2, 2023

- [ ] When I think about my dad I think about the strong silent type, who played in famous movies. My dad was a real life hero though, he held a special place in my heart and in my thoughts. My dad earned and deserved the respect of our family and friends and by everyone he met. My earliest memory of my dad was him holding me up and pointing to the maple leaf mosaic in High Park. My very special and final memories were of listening, listening to him talk about history and events that occurred in his lifetime that impacted him greatly. Amazing stories, true stories that left me more appreciative of his love for our family and the sacrifices he endured. I could sense growing up that his actions were of conviction and also to anticipate future events by planning for them, this was so obvious by his actions. The family’s journey to Canada and assimilating here from what he told us would bring you to tears, sacrifices beyond words and belief. In his many times of great sacrifices and fear of the unknown it was his faith in Jesus Christ his saviour that was a major factor in enduring our families struggles for a better life. His love for us all were in his actions, a true measure of a person. I find myself stronger in my actions from his love and mums. I will miss dad and mum greatly. On their Birthdays and especially Fathers Day and Mother’s Day I will light a candle and remember always their love. May dad reach the Heavens with open arms and be with mum. I love you dad, please tell mum I love you both.
Thank you
Your loving Son Marko

Matt Vrkljan & Family (Son)

Entered June 2, 2023 from Hamilton, Ontario

As we lay you to rest, we take comfort in knowing that you are at peace, your suffering has ended and that you are reunited with Mom. Your passing has left a void in our family but we will always reflect on our many happy and fond memories. I am grateful to you and Mom for the many sacrifices you endured to bring us safely to Canada. My memories of that journey from Europe to Canada are based on that of a very young child. Now as a grown adult, and father to my own son, Mark, I can only imagine the courage and conviction you had to bring Mom ,and your young sons on that journey in search of a better life. I learned what strength is from your daily selfless acts that allowed us to have the life we enjoy today. God bless you. You and Mom will always be loved and missed.

Matt (Ursula), Grandfather to Mark (Rosalind), Great Grandfather to Elena
and Jakob.

Ante Vrkljan (Son)

Entered June 3, 2023 from Niagara Falls

I am so great full and proud to have had my father in my life. He taught me to be humble and great full for every day you walk on this earth. He held my hand to guide me. He walked with me when I needed his support. He talked to me when I needed to see thing clearer and he listened to me when I stood alone. My father , you will always be in in my heart and I will cherish each and every day until we meet again.

Stephanie Vrkljan (Daughter-in-law)

Entered June 3, 2023

After a blessed 93 years of life you have now been called home to join your beloved wife Manda. Ivan was a wonderful father-in-law. He was a quiet, soft spoken man who was kind and generous to his family, friends and his church. When I was blessed to join this beautiful family, I brought 4 young children with me, whom Ivan and Manda immediately accepted as their grandchildren. All of our children have taken your name, and our granddaughter- your great granddaughter has your name as well.

When we first met the family, Ivan always had wonderful stories to share with me and with the children and his smile was unforgettable. His resilience and ability to adapt and assimilate in such a challenging circumstance was inspiring. Not being able to speak the language and knowing no one when he arrived to Canada, Ivan was the solid foundation of his family and modelled true leadership in guiding his young family to build a new life here and to find their own personal happiness and successes. He was so very proud of his boys and the men they grew up to become and the fathers they were as well. There is no greater accomplishment than knowing you did your job well as a parent and I reassured Ivan & Manda many times what an outstanding job they did through the adversities they faced. Ivan, I will miss your sweet smile, sharing a glass of wine at dinner and hearing you share your stories. You were a true and good man and you will be deeply missed by everyone who knew you and loved you. Rest well and share the rest of eternity with Manda.

Love Always
Stephanie Vrkljan, Jenna Vrkljan, Jon Tate, Michelle Vrkljan, Alice Vrkljan, Blake Vrkljan, Evan Vrkljan

Tracy Vrkljan (Daughter Inlaw)

Entered June 4, 2023 from Niagara Falls

I am sad you have passed but feel joy you have joined Mom in heaven because I know you have missed each other. I will cherish the days you laughed so hard when your grandsons Ivan and Jack as toddlers would walk around with your Rosary around their neck, your Bible under their arm or wearing your Licka Kapa. I have enjoyed your stories of the past and enjoyed watching you embrace technology by showing your grandchildren on Google Earth your home before coming to Canada. We all love you very much and we will all miss you. The kids asked to give hugs to Baba for them.

Love Tracy, Tricia (Kobus), Andrew, Ivan, Jack and Israel.


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