Maryan Dugandzic

22 July , 192725 May , 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Maryan Dugandzic. Dad passed away peacefully on May 25, 2019 in Halifax at the age of 91, following a lengthy illness with cancer. Dad was the oldest Canadian member of the Dugandzic family. Dad left Croatia during World War II at the age of 17 with a small bag jammed packed with his faith, family values and desire to succeed. He made a difficult journey across Europe living in refugee camps. After Arriving in England, Dad worked as a grounds keeper at Wimbledon and was later sponsored by a family friend to come to Canada in 1950 to settle in Sydney, Cape Breton. During his life, Dad made many trips back to his village of Citluk near Medjugorje. Medjugorje is now recognized as a famous Catholic pilgrimage site. For Dad, it was a place of peace and where heaven meets earth. Dad loved Canada and was proud to say he was from Cape Breton. It was in Sydney that Dad met the love of his life, Margaret Janega. They were married 65 years and raised four children. Dad worked for Maritime Tel where he spent 38 years. He was a company man through and through. Dad was a man of faith. It was his trust in God that enabled him to overcome the challenges of life. His dedication to the Eucharist and Our Lady was unwavering. Our Lady's May 25, 2019 message from Medjugore is summarized as follows; " Be aware little children that life is short and eternal life waits for you according to your merit. Therefore, pray, pray and pray to be worthy instruments of God's hands." Dad, job well done. Dad was very much a family man, and his devotion to his wife, children and relatives was second to none. His mission in life was to ensure that his family was positioned for success. Dad was a great husband, father and grandfather. He taught us the importance of having and upholding values through many life lessons. In terms of hobbies, Dad loved to fish, was a family photographer extraordinaire, and an avid gardener who focused on maintaining his Croatian traditions. During retirement, he was a dedicated volunteer of the Knights of Columbus, at the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish and at Meals on Wheels. While Dad was a complex man on many levels, his character can be summarized in just a few words. Humble; he embodied a quiet strength, discipline, dignity, integrity, self-respect and determination. Good was never good enough for Dad. Dad was predeceased by his father, Andrej; mother, Mara; brothers, Ante and Mile; sisters, Drugica and Ivica; sister-in-law, Rusa; and his son, Andy (Dawn). He will be deeply missed by his wife, Margaret; sons, Peter (Dorothy) and Philip (Barbra); daughter, Rose (Pierre); his eleven grandchildren, Alexander, Stephen, Nicole, Nikolai, Viktor, Mairi, Anton, Julia, Anna, Sophia and Simon; his three great-grandchildren, Isla, Luca and Dario; his remaining sisters-in-law, Darlene Janega and Ivanka Dugandzic; his many nieces and nephews; as well as relatives in Croatia, Herzegovina and the United States. While Dad's departure from this world leaves a large void, we take comfort in his 91 great years, the precious memories and the positive impact he had on all of our lives. He is now at rest with our Heavenly Father. His presence will live on, rest in peace. We thank all of the care givers at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Harbourview Rehab in Sydney Mines, Halifax Infirmary and the Abbie J. Lane Hospital Halifax for their excellent care of our Dad. Visitation will be held at T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney, on Thursday, May 30 between the hours 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass celebrating dad's life will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River on Friday May 31, at 11 a.m., Fr. Patrick O’Neil officiating. A reception will follow the service in Our Lady of Fatima Church hall. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to the following; Chalice Canada, the Children's Wish Foundation and the Kidney Foundation. Words of comfort may be sent to Maryan’s family by visiting


  • Margaret (Janega) Dugandzic, Wife
  • Andrej Dugandzic, Father
  • Mara (Gagro) Dugandzic, Mother
  • Peter (Dorothy), Son
  • Philip (Barbra), Son
  • Andy (Dawn), Son
  • Rose (Pierre), Daughter
  • Alexander, Stephen, Nicole, Nikolai, Grandchildren
  • Viktor, Mairi, Anton, Julia, Grandchildren
  • Anna, Sophia, Simon, Grandchildren
  • Isla, Luca, Dario, Great Grandchildren
  • Darlene Janega, Sister-in-law
  • Ivanka Dugandzic, Sister-in-law
  • Ante and Mile, Brothers
  • Drugica and Ivica, Sisters
  • Rusa ., Sister-in-law
  • Maryan also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, as well as relatives in Croatia, Herzegovina and the United States.


  • Visitation Thursday, 30 May , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, 31 May , 2019
  • Interment Friday, 31 May , 2019


Maryan Dugandzic

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Anna Rowley

10 June 2019

Dear Margaret and family,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your loving husband and father, Maryan.
We trust he rests in the loving arms of our God.
Holding you all in prayer.
Anna Rowley
CND Associate and Co-coordinator of Associate Relationship, Visitation Province East

Andrea Puckova

2 June 2019

Deepest condolences. From Puckova family, Slovakia.

Madeline Dillon

31 May 2019

Deepest condolences.
Madeline Dillon, Jim & Neila Mullins

John & Linda Janega

30 May 2019

With deepest sympathy to Margaret & their Family for your great loss
It was an honour & a prevliage to have known you Maryan and to have been a part of your Family.

Whitney Pier Society for the Arts Moore

30 May 2019

Margret, on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Whitney Pier Society for the Arts, I wish to offer our condolences on the passing of your husband, Maryan. May God ease your sorrow.

Lynn and Murdoch Moore

30 May 2019

Our sincere Condolences to you Margaret and your family. I had hoped to drop by yesterday but got tied up with Pierscape. So sorry.
Sincerely, Lynn

Jessie O'Keefe

29 May 2019

To the Dugandzic family...My condolences to you all..I worked with Maryan at MT&T and my thoughts and prayers are wth you all...Jessie O'Keefe

Rosalie Starzomski

29 May 2019

Dear Margie and all the Dugandzic family,

Our deepest condolences on the death of Maryan. He was such a fine gentleman and a pillar of the Croatian community over the years. We remember him with great fondness.

Rosalie and Colette (Walsh) Starzomski and family
Vancouver, BC and Dartmouth, NS

Troy and Patrizia Webb, Alecce-Webb

28 May 2019

Philip, Rosie and family,

We are very saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad. He was obviously a man of great stature in principle and life leadership, guidance and faith whom persevered great challenges.

God Bless you all in your time of sorrow.

Take care,

Troy & Patrizia

Stephen Dugandzic

28 May 2019

We love you, Dedo. Thanks for all the wonderful times together... mushroom picking, fishing and the fun days at the bungalow, among many others. You taught me a lot about being a good man, father and husband, and faith. We’ll see you again one day. <3