We are saddened to announce that Gavro Krekovic, 64, known to many of his friends and acquaintances as Gus, died unexpectedly at Victoria General Hospital on Wednesday, November 24, 2004. Born August 8, 1940 in the city of Subotica, Yugoslavia, to Gaspar and Margita Krekovic, he excelled at wrestling and rowing during high school and later attained a degree in forestry. He went on to become a city park planner in Subotica, beautifying the city’s many public spaces.
He came to Canada in 1967 and shortly thereafter settled in Port Hardy. He was followed by his wife Maria in 1968. A forester by profession, Gavro tried his hand at a number of different jobs, including stints as a surveyor, choker and blaster for MacMillan Bloedel, and truck driver for Utah Mines. For the first couple of years the family lived on a float house in Hardy Bay.
Never one to enjoy working for others, Gavro eventually incorporated G&M Building Maintenance with his wife in 1974, and the business still operates to this day.
Gavro loved music and books and had a passion for horses and dogs. He is survived & deeply mourned by his wife of 39 years, Maria, son Arsen, and his mother Margita and sister “Ceca” in Yugoslavia, and a host of other family and friends.
The family would like to thank the Port Hardy Hospital and Victoria General Hospital medical staff; the ambulance crews and paramedics; Dave and Mary Robb and JJ for all their help; and to many other friends, acquaintances and business associates for their support and sympathy.
A memorial service will be held at the Port Hardy Civic Centre on December 11, 2:00pm. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.