September 7, 1979 – July 8, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Andro Berkovic, 39, on July 8, 2019 at his home in Longmont, following a courageous battle with leukemia.
Andro was born in Zagreb, Croatia on September 7, 1979 to Terezija (Mirkovic) and Andelko Berkovic.
In 2003, Andro came to America to follow his career path as a network engineer. He worked with Danone Inc, formerly White Wave Foods, for 15 years and traveled extensively across the United States implementing systems across their dairy plants.
After thoroughly wining, dining, and romancing his Canadian sweetheart, Andro proposed to Heather Higgins at Au Noir restaurant in Toronto, a dining in the dark experience. True to form, he managed to effortlessly put a ring on her finger in pitch darkness while she was fumbling for cutlery. It wasn’t until later that she saw he had engraved, “You are weird” - the standard response he gave to her “I love you” – into the inner face of her ring. They were married on October 29 2018 in the Longmont Court House, witnessed by dear and intimate friends.
Andro indulged in a variety of hobbies, including fencing, diving, traveling, skydiving, tango dancing, singing, cooking, computer gaming and riding motorcycles. His generosity was unparalleled; no one ever left his home hungry and he never refused a call for help, no matter the hour nor the need. He would utter dire imprecations at anyone who dared to reach for the check at a restaurant. He loved the word widdershins. He preferred Latin literature to Greek, though he could recite Homer and Sappho from memory. Though it was his fourth, he took great pride in knowing the English language better than most native speakers. He was a very creative person and took on learning woodworking, blacksmithing and leatherwork. He was a skilled swordsman with major achievements in modern and historic fencing, and well-fitting leather pants loomed large in his legend. He was a fierce and loyal friend, collecting people from all walks of life into his heart and creating an amazing network of chosen family here in America to add to his extensive family back in Europe.
Surviving Andro are his wife Heather from Canada, his parents from Croatia, his sister Buga Berkovic (Juan Martinez-Barrio) and nephew Marin from the Canary Islands, Spain. He is further survived by his in-laws (Ivy, Alyshia [Stuart], Kenny [Bree], and Paul [Laura]), numerous cousins, other extended family members and beloved friends around the world.
Cremation has been entrusted to Howe Mortuary and Cremation Services. Celebration of Life to follow.
- Services will be held at a later date
July 14, 2019
What I wrote won't fit in this space. Hopefully the attached jpeg will be legible. tl:dr: Andro was my family.
We had adventures. I will miss him.
July 13, 2019
I'm kind of speechless. He was a a good good friend. I spoke to him a couple of weeks before he passed and I was building something for him and he spoke as if of course he's going to be here next year when this piece was done. I gave him his first computer job in this country and he took it and ran with it. He got me into a lot of trouble to, but it was worth it. I'm still weeping a week later and I'll be weeping for some time to come. I don't even know what to say except that that smile of his his personality I mean I don't even have the words to describe him. It's plain that he affected many many people very very deeply. I'll be there
July 12, 2019
Andro, I met you once and only once and yet it still hurt inside to find out you had passed. You were the perfect mix of intelligent and respectful. I still think back to how much joy it gave me as I listened to your entertaining tales of workplace drama and life lessons. It seems the biggest thing you've ever shown me, was that life is always just too short. It never felt fair that you were the one taken, but that's always the risk of attachment isn't it? You were so full of life that I didn't even know what you had recently gone through. I couldn't help but admire how easily you blended into crowds, put smiles on everyone's faces and yet refused to drown out anyone else with your light. Despite not having your charisma, you never cut me off, never one-uped me and never made me feel stupid. My only regret is wishing I could give you some of my own time here on Earth.
Miss you always, Tim.
July 11, 2019
It is so hard to realize that you are gone. You added so much light to our lives. You will be missed. Rest in Peace. Love, Judy Grillo
July 11, 2019
I knew Andro from our time in the SCA. He taught me much of what my sword fighting is based on. Always a smile and warm greeting. He left a major imprint on my life and will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences and prayers for his family. May you find comfort in this time of loss.
July 11, 2019
My heart is broken. My condolences to Heather and his family.
Dunja Morovic (ex. Paraga)
July 9, 2019
Our dear and so young Andro, may God bless you and receive your tender soul in His eternal glory.
Deep sympathy to family Berkovic.
Dunja (friend from Palma choir, Zagreb, Croatia)