Long-time Niagara on the Lake resident, Vladimir "Vlado" Vitez died September 22, at 2 p.m. at the St. Catharines General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Vlado was born on May 10, 1944 in Varazdin Breg, Croatia. In 1964 he married Estera Cor in Varazdin, and in 1967 the couple and their 2-year-old son immigrated to NOTL. Vlado worked at Cunningham Foundry in St. Catharines for 34 years.
As a founding member of the Croatian National Centre in NOTL, Vlado was well-known in the Niagara Croatian community; a sports enthusiast, he loved soccer, bocce, and fishing. Vlado was an especially devoted father, always ready to sacrifice for his children's education, and later for the care of his adored granddaughter.
He built 2 homes in NOTL, and his immaculate gardens and landscaping showed the enormous pride he took in them. He was also an exemplary neighbour, never hesitating to help others in the community; and he was always ready and willing to share his knowledge, whether you asked him to or not.
Vlado leaves his wife, Estera; son Walter (Cambridge, ON); daughter Gordana, son-in-law Colin Johnston, and granddaughter Ema Johnston (Virgil, ON); brother Zeljko and nephew Goran (Varazdin); as well as numerous in-laws in Murska Sobota, Slovenija, and a host of dear friends in the Niagara region.
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