October 30, 1927 – June 13, 2018
NOVAK, Ivan October 30, 1927 ~ June 13, 2018 With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Ivan Novak on June 13th, 2018 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa at the age of 90. Cherished husband to Marija of 51 years. Loving father to John, Anne (predeceased) (Milivoj), Mary (Branko) and Darlene (Ray). Cherished Grandfather (Dido) to Andrea (John), Chris, Gordie (Marina), Paul, Suzanne (Michael), Angela (Victor), Katie, Melissa, Kristina and Danielle. Great-grandfather (Dido) to Lidija, Antonio, Juliana, Mateo, Maria, Catherine and Peter. Brother to Kate of Slovenia. Predeceased by his first wife Frances and sister Ane. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Tuesday, June 19th from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m. with prayers at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at ST. MARY OF THE PEOPLE CATHOLIC CHURCH (570 Marion Ave., Oshawa) on Wednesday, June 20th at 10:00 a.m. Followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated.
- Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2018
- Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 20, 2018
“Gotta keep rolling.” That is what Ivan Novak believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Ivan thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Ivan was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.
His parents were Ivan and Kata Novak. Ivan was raised in Preloka, Slovenia. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Ivan could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.
This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Ivan's family relationships. Ivan was raised with two siblings. He had two older sisters, Ane and Kate. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Ivan was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.
Ivan was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Ivan was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Ivan was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs. He was a vibrant personality and he enjoyed verbally sparring with Mary. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Ivan loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Mary's.
Ivan's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Ivan was blessed with four children. One son, John, and three daughters, Anne, Mary and Darlene. They were also blessed with ten grandchildren, Andrea, Chris, Gordie, Paul, Suzanne, Angela, Katie, Melissa, Kristina and Danielle. Ivan also has 7 great-grandchildren, Lidija, Antonio, Juliana, Mateo, Maria, Catherine and Peter. Someone who was quick to laugh, Ivan found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.
As a born inventor, Ivan was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Ivan was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Ivan was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was as a factory worker. He was employed for 25 years by General Motors. Ivan always made an effort to be a team player, doing what was needed and necessary in order to get the job done.
Ivan's “never say die” attitude and his ability to face any challenge no matter how difficult it might be were tremendous assets that Ivan carried with him into the military. He was in the Slovenian Armed Forces and saw action for World War II.
Ivan's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Ivan was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Ivan simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favourite pursuits were gardening, walking, reading and talking about history.
Ivan's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Ivan could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies. Ivan enjoyed singing and dancing and was part of a musical band and played various instruments. Throughout his later years, Ivan was an active member of the Slovenian Country Club.
Faith and religion were important to Ivan. He was a member of St. Mary of the People Church for many years.
With all of his talents, his ingenuity, his solutions and inventiveness, it is no surprise that Ivan received public recognition for his competence. With the drive and ability to meet any challenge, Ivan accumulated a long list of achievements throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included being recognized for 25 years of service at General Motors.
Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Ivan. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Ivan to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favourite vacations included Slovenia, Mexico and Cuba.
Ivan was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Some of Ivan's favourites were dogs, cats and rabbits.
Even while in retirement, Ivan never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. In retirement, he found continued pleasure in gardening, walking, reading and talking about history. Even in retirement, Ivan continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.
Ivan passed away on June 13, 2018 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa of natural causes. Services were held at St. Mary of the People Church and he was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery.
During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Ivan. He met the words “it can’t be done” with "gotta keep rolling. Ivan was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Ivan, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Ivan Novak, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.