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Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

895 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON

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Ilija Skakavac

February 25, 1924September 14, 2020
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February 25, 1924 – September 14, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ilija Skakavac, beloved husband, father and deda. Predeceased by father Jovo, and mother Danica, and brothers Branko, Uros, Niko and Milan. Survived by wife of 64 years, Nada (nee Vasic), brother Milorad, sons Jovo (Aiki) and George (Andrea Laramie) and grandchildren Danica, Liljana, Ilija and Maksim, as well as many nieces, nephews and kumovi. A proud Serb, at 17 he joined the Chetnik Kalinovacka Brigada against the German occupation. Captured in May 1943, he spent 18 months in a German prisoner of war camp. Liberated in 1944, he joined the British Army and was stationed in Italy until 1949, before immigrating to Canada. He began work in Sudbury, Ontario as a miner for 35 years where he was also proud founder of Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church. In retirement, he relocated to Windsor, where he joined St. Dimitrije Serbian Orthodox Church and was active in the church community. Known for his sharp wit and sense of humour, he was self-educated and loved to discuss politics, without or without a drink in hand. He was a man who could not sit still and worked hard his whole life to ensure a better future for his family. His greatest joy was derived from his grandchildren and he revelled in their accomplishments. Visitation will be held at Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 895 Ouellette Avenue (519-254-3223) on Thursday from 2:00 -5:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm. A Private Prayer Service will be held at 7pm. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Friday at St. Dimitrije Serbian Orthodox Church. For those that wish to join the family for the committal service we will be gathering at Windsor Memorial Gardens on Friday at 12:30 p.m. for the interment. Donations to St Dimitrije Serbian Orthodox Church would be appreciated by the family. www.andersonfuneralhomewindsor.com

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Graveside Serivce

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Prviate Family Funeral Service at St Dimitrije Serbian Church

    Friday, September 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Family Prayer Service

Memories

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Dorothy Godin

September 17, 2020

Dear Teta Nada and family,
It was so sad to hear of Cika Ilija’s passing. My heart goes out to you all. He was a loved and respected founder of our church in Sudbury. Always there with a smile. He is the last of the greatest generation building a community that few too many will never experience. Vjecnaja Pamjat.
Dorothy Shehovac Godin and family, Donna, Lenka, Millie, and Marko

Kristina Milosevic

September 17, 2020

Dear Teta Nada, Jovo, George and Family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most trying time. We remember Cika Ilija with fondness and his 1950's turquoise and white stylish vehicle. You have our deepest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful person. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Vjecnaja Pamjat... Kristina, Angie, Effie (Fifi) Milosevic and family

Mira Srdanovic

September 17, 2020

Dearest Teta Nada, George, Jovo and the Skakavac family,

We are so truly sorry to hear of Cika Ilija’s passing. He is sadly the last of the selfless, heroic, and loving Sudbury fathers! He always had a welcoming smile and was so happy to see you no matter time of day. I will never forget his kindness and warmth having ice cream in the kitchen on Sundays as a child, as I’m sure everyone in the Srdanovic family has a special memory of him as well! What an incredible legacy he has left, he will never be forgotten. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our hearts and thoughts are with you!

Peace and Love

The Srdanovic Family

Judy Golubovich

September 16, 2020

It is with the greatest of respect and sadness that I say goodbye to Cika Ilija. I will always remember how hard and relentlessly he worked for our Serbian Church and community in Sudbury. During his time here he truly gave his heart and soul to our community and for that I will always be grateful. I will also, always remember his laugh. Vjecnaja Pamjat.
To Teta Nada, and the entire family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Danica, Liljana, Ilija and Maksim, after meeting you recently, I know exactly why your Deda was so proud of you all and I know you will always keep his memory alive!
Judy Golubovich and family

Milena Novakovich

September 16, 2020

We are sorry to hear of Cika Ilija's passing, he was such a nice man.
Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Vjecnaja Pamjat.

Nick and Milena Novakovich

James and Nancy Bruce

September 16, 2020

Dear Teta Nada, George and Skakavac Fanily:
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of your beloved Ilija. The Vasich and Skakavac families have been an important part of our life, and we take great pride that our granddaughter Courtney was born into these proud Serbian families. She is currently in Australia on a work program, so won't be able to mourn your loss with you in person, but I can assure you her thoughts, like ours are with you at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you.

Tomislav Garich & Family

September 16, 2020

With heart felt sadness we pass our condolences to the Skakovac family and pray for you all. My fond memories of Slava’s, Christmas’s and great times with our close friends and neighbours in Sudbury will never be forgotten and always cherished. Rest In Peace Cheko Ilija.

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