It is with profound grief and sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Milan on the morning of Tuesday, April 20, 2021. After 26 months of bravely battling brain cancer, he passed away in the loving arms of his wife, Vesna. Not one complaint was ever uttered as Milan accepted his plight with grace, dignity, strength and courage until his final breath when he answered God’s call and was embraced in the loving arms of Jesus, his Savior.
Milan was born in Perusic, Croatia on September 16, 1957. In 1989 he came to Canada to visit family when he fell in love with the love of his life, Vesna. They married in 1990 and he created a new life and home in Canada. Milan always remained true and loyal to his roots, always a proud Croatian at heart with a deep devotion to his catholic faith…often proudly echoing: “BOG I HRVATI”. He enjoyed supporting and being part of the Croatian community.
Those who had the pleasure of meeting Milan were touched by his love, kindred spirit, quick wit, friendly manner, kindness, generosity and a zest for life…constantly reminding us that “life is too short, you have to take advantage of it”! Milan revelled being in the company of his family and friends, especially with his nieces and nephews. He was selfless, a pillar of strength and the epitome of unconditional love even in the face of adversity. He was gracious and generously gave of himself to whomever needed him. He loved sports, especially soccer. No one wore the checked Croatian soccer jersey as well and proudly as he did. He was an avid outdoors man enjoying camping, fishing, hunting, ATVing and sharing many adventures that were full of laughs.
Milan will be deeply missed and remembered by his loving, devoted wife and best friend of 31 years, Vesna. In Croatia, he is survived by his mother, Marija and his sisters Vesna (Zeljko) and their children, Tome, Ivan, Ivana, Marjan; Ankica (Zeljko) and their son, Luka. He is also survived by his in-laws: Mladen and Ana Bosnjak, sister-in-law: Slavica (Brent) Belsher and their children, Connor, Lindsey, Tessa; brother-in-law: Tony (Marina) Bosnjak and their children, Ante, Karina and Jonathan. He is also survived by his aunt Marica Plavcic and family. Milan was predeceased by his father, Ivan.
The family would like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff that cared for Milan, especially those in his final moments at ERH W2B. Notably, special thanks to Dr. Kahwaji (Jody/Senila) and Dr. Klimo for their gentle care and support. Dr. Ivanishvili (Annette) thank you for all the successful surgeries and being instrumental in having Milan finally released from hospice after spending 10 months there and thus, enabling him to spend precious moments in his home. Thank you for visiting Milan and I every Thursday (to follow up and be there for us), which is unheard of by a neurosurgeon. You went above and beyond the call of duty providing compassionate and extraordinary care, gently guiding us through this process. Last, but not least, heartfelt thanks are extended to another amazing man and neurosurgeon, Dr. Brian Toyota, who selflessly held our hand virtually (from Ontario) for the entire duration of Milan’s terrible disease; you were the thread and glue that shepherded us through gruelling moments, medical reports, referrals as we tried to move forward. To list everything that you did for us would require pages. Thank you for your prayers that gave us the strength we so desperately needed. How do we ever find the adequate words to thank you for all your help? May God bless all of you and simply THANK YOU!
Life will never be the same without Milan, he will always be missed but never forgotten. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our amazing family, friends and the crew at Dan’s for all your invaluable love and support. Throughout this journey, God gifted us with Angels who were always placed in our path when we needed them; far too many to name but who were befriended. Heartfelt thanks for all you have done for us and continue to do. Thanks are extended to Fathers: Slaven, Dujo, Thomas, Ron and Mark…for your spiritual guidance, prayers and support which were so crucial.
Due to COVID restrictions a private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church (3105 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver) on Thursday April 29, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Slaven officiating (Livestreamed). Entombment to follow at Gardens of Gethsemani (1:30 pm). In lieu of flowers, donations to https://www.braintumour.ca/milan-milkovic/ would be graciously welcomed. VOLJENI NAS POCIVAJ U MIRU BOZJEM