Roberto Petrinic

Rođen:02.04.1939. (Otok Lošinj)

Preminuo:22.03.2024. (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kanada)

Dob: 84




We, the family of Robert Petrinic, are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of our husband, dad, and Nono, during the night of March 22 at the age of 84 years.

It is a great loss for Vjera, his devoted wife of 55 years, and his three daughters and their families; Suzana and Slaven, Maia, Luka, and Noah Tustonic; Emily and Mike, Tyler, Matthew, and Adam Van Stone; Anne and Vern, Rayna, Kinley, and Brielle Stefanyshyn. Robert was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Emilio and Senka, his parents, Viktorija and Ivan, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marija and Joseph.

Robert was born in the hamlet of Srem on the island of Lošinj in Croatia. In October 1956, at the age of 17, he and four others ventured across the Adriatic Sea to Italy, in his father’s fishing boat. The following year on June 7, the feast of St. Robert, he started his new life in Canada. He worked in Calgary for 12 years, before returning to Croatia for his brother’s wedding. It was during his visit back home that he met Vjera on the Feast of St Anne, and their love at first sight led to their marriage three years later. In April 1969, Robert and Vjera began to build their life together in Canada.

A jack-of-all-trades, Robert was always willing to take on a new project. Other than his job working with concrete, he enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, grafting his apples and grapes, watching his birds, picnicking at Blackstrap and fishing at Big Island Cove, or playing a game of bocce. He had unique skills in woodworking, carving, winemaking, and cooking. His absolute love was listening to music, singing along to the oldies, and dancing with the love of his life. As much as music brought joy to every celebration, it sometimes brought Robert to tears, because of his sentimental side.

Above all else, Robert cherished his family. He looked forward to every occasion, the baptisms, First Communions and Confirmations of his nine grandchildren, birthdays and anniversaries, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving or just coming in for a visit. He was always thinking about how he could surprise the kids with either something handmade or slipping them a $10 bill for coffee or ice cream. He was unendingly proud of the lives they led and their accomplishments. He left a legacy of commitment and love for his family to follow.

With his warm blue eyes, Robert will be remembered for his humble and genuine nature, his laughter, his hospitality and how everyone was welcome in their home. In his memory, raise a glass to a table full of family and food, as this would be his wish.

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