Gracanica Community Festival 2024


Gacesa, Milorad

July 22, 1920 – May 13, 2017

Peacefully at home on Saturday May 13, 2017 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of the late Milka (2000). Loving father of Snjezana, Bozana (Bozidar Draskovic), Julka (Danilo Vlajic), Nikola and his dear nephew Rade Kontic (Mira). Cherished Deda of Aleksandra (Ian Fraser), Marija (Zeljko Milasinovic), Milena (Jimmy Michels), Jelena (Sean Riberdy), Marko Gacesa (Sally), Radmila (Warren Oughtred), and Vlado Kontic (Rista). Great-grandfather of Mateja & Stefan Milasinovic; Tejadora and Emilia Riberdy; Luka Michels; Gabriel Gacesa; and Danica and Dane Kontic. Milorad will be sadly missed by all of his relatives, kumovi and dear friends both here and in Serbia and Croatia. Milorad, a WWII veteran, was a pillar in the Serbian community, volunteering and leading numerous groups that supported both Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian community at large. He was still honourary president of the Serbian Shield Society. He retired as a manager of the N&D Eastown Supermarket. He also built the Pleasant Valley Golf Course (now Willow Creek).

The family would like to thank Dr. Harshad Joshi, for his many home visits over the years; Jenny, his personal support worker for all of her wonderful care; and the Palliative Care Team of C.C.A.C. for their support and guidance over the last few days. Donations to Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Please join us in remembering Milorad by visiting his memorial at

Avdalovic, Radmilo

April 25, 1963 – October 8, 2017

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Radmilo with his beloved family by his side on October 8, 2017 at 54 years of age. Loving husband of Ranka, whom he shared 29 years of beautiful marriage. Adored Tata of Milica and Luka. Dear son of the late Ljubo and Jela Avdalovic and son-in-law of the late Djordjo and Borika Zubac. Cherished brother of Zora Popovic and husband Boro, Milka Zubac and late husband Mico, Radomir Avdalovic, and Milenko Avdalovic and wife Dejana. Radmilo will also be deeply missed by many nieces, nephews and other extended family members in both Canada and Europe. Radmilo was a very proud and dedicated Power Engineer at Ford Motor Company. He was an active member in the Serbian Community through The Gracanica Church and The Windsor Serbs Soccer Club. Radmilo will be remembered for his selfless soul, endless work ethic and his enormous heart that touched so many lives. His memory will forever live on in our hearts, as he continues to watch over us.  A special thank you to the doctors and staff at the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre and to Dr. Meighan Valero for your care and compassion given to Radmilo. 

Visitation will be held at WINDSOR CHAPEL (Banwell Chapel) 11677 Tecumseh Rd. East, 519-253-7234, on Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday October 11, 2017 relatives and friends are invited to gather directly at Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church (1960 Meldrum Rd.) for visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Fr. Milan Jovanovic officiating. Burial to follow at Windsor Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family at