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Maurice Velcich

24 September, 19529 January, 2021

Maurice Velcich, age 68, passed away on January 9, 2021. Maurice was born in the small village of Predoscica on the island of Cres, Croatia. He immigrated to the United States in 1967 along with his parents and siblings and often recalled being awed by the impressive site of the Statue of Liberty as their ship, Klek, pulled into New York Harbor. After a short stay in New York, the family flew out to California which became their new permanent residence.

Maurice graduated from San Rafael High School in 1971, and then studied accounting at Golden Gate University. Maurice worked at Romulus Restaurant as a waiter and bartender for many years. He also worked at a number of other Marin establishments over the years including Strawberry Joe's and Tony Roma’s. Maurice enjoyed building friendships with his customers and making them laugh. After retiring from the restaurant business, Maurice joined the Safeway team in Terra Linda.

Maurice was a diehard sports fan for the Bay Area teams, especially the San Francisco 49ers. Maurice became a 49er season ticket holder in 1978, and missed very few home games throughout the 1980s and ‘90s. He was there for “The Catch” and attended the Super Bowl in Miami in 1989 to witness the last-minute drive resulting in a touchdown and 49ers victory.

After suffering a stroke in 2015, Maurice moved to Brookside Skilled Nursing, where his love of sport prevailed. He continued to enjoy watching sports with his friends at Brookside, his brother Tony, and friend John. We thank the staff at Brookside for taking care of Maurice and making him comfortable especially during this last difficult year.

Maurice is survived by his loving mother, Dinka Velcich, sister Laura Balde and her husband Marinko, brother Tony Velcich and his wife Bonnie, as well as his nieces and nephews, Marin, Tanja, Tony, Megan and Kevin, and grandnephews Luka, Niko and Ivan. He was predeceased by his ex-wife, Yvonne, who remained close to his heart.

We will miss Maurice’s kind and generous spirit, warm laugh and watching him tease his brother.

Due to COVID-19, services are being held privately for the immediate family only at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Stroke Association. A donation site in Maurice’s memory has been set up at http://www2.heart.org/goto/Maurice_Velcich.

Services

  • Private Interment

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massimo banic

17 January 2021

Ricordo il Natale del 1999 quando venni a trovare te e la tua famiglia in California, in particolare mi ricordo che mi hai portato , con tuo fratello Tony, a vedere 2 partite dei 49ers, io non conoscevo il football americano ma tu mi hai spiegato le regole e trasmesso la grande passione che avevi.
Da quel momento seguo sempre dall’Italia i risultati dei 49ers e ogni volta che vincono penso sempre a quanto ti rendeva felice la vittoria della tua squadra.
ciao Maurizio
un caro saluto
tuo cugino Massimo

imma ricchiuto

17 January 2021

Ricordo ancora come se fosse passato poco tempo, da quando arrivasti a casa nostra a Peschiera del Garda insieme al tuo amico Alen.
Era la prima volta che ti vedevo di persona, ti conoscevo attraverso le foto che tua mamma zia Dinka ci mandava immancabilmente attraverso le varie ricorrenze negli anni, come la rua prima comunione, il tuo diploma e le festività.
Dopo qualche giorno partimmo per Predoscica dove ci aspettavano i tuoi zii Ivan e Antonia con i tuoi cugini Massimo e Elena; erano felici di rivederti per la prima volta dopo che eri partito all’etá di 15 anni.
Ti ricordo felice e sorridente quando guardasti la casa dove eri nato.
Ciao caro Maurizio
tua cugina Imma

John Crystal

16 January 2021

I met Maurice on February 1985, at Romulus restaurant in San Rafael. We went to Giants & forty niners games together.
He was my best friend for thirty six years. My life will never be the same without him, I love and miss you buddy .
Love John

John Crystal

15 January 2021

John Crystal

15 January 2021

Laura Balde

13 January 2021

Maurice was a great older brother. He was my protector. He was always there for me. He was always happy to see me.
I remember cutting his hair and he would never trust anyone else to cut it for him; he only trusted me.
He was the first one in the family to start driving and became an instant chauffeur for all of us, even our parents. He was our English translator and would take our parents to doctors appointments. He never complained.
He was a great tour guide. He was the one always taking our relatives site-seeing.
After Dad died, he took care of Mom until his stroke in 2015. He was always there for Mom, day or night. I have a lot of great memories of him, and I will cherish them forever.
Maurice, I will miss you! You are always in my heart. Rest In Peace. Love, Laura.

Laura Balde

13 January 2021

Maurice as a tour guide for visiting family to America.

Laura Balde

13 January 2021

Laura Balde

13 January 2021

Maurice with his mother, Dinka, and father, Tony.

Laura Balde

13 January 2021

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