Tkalec, Ignac

January 4, 1936 -  December 9, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear father, Ignac Tkalec, aged eighty-six, surrounded by his family.

He was born to Marija (Krampac) and Stefan Tkalec, on January 4, 1936 in Gornja Bistrica, Slovenia.

Survived by the love of his life, wife of 61 years, Ana Gutsmandl, as well as his children and (spouses); Eddie (Monelle), Lydia (Peter) and Sonia (Mike); grandchildren Eric (Amanda), Brian (Alexandra), Daniel, Katerina and Brennen; step-grandson Alex and great-granddaughter Ria, and extended family and friends.

Dad was the last surviving sibling of his family and is pre-deceased by his parents, brother Stefan and sisters Marija and Olga. He immigrated to Canada in 1957 with very little except his suitcase and hope. Life was very difficult at first, looking for employment while not knowing any French or English. He ended up working at the Canadian Copper Refineries (CCR) for 35+ years until his retirement, like many of his Slovenian colleagues who immigrated to Montreal. Through perseverance, hard work and commitment to his family, he lived a long and fruitful life.

The family will receive condolences on Thursday, December 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. (prayer service to be held at 2:30 p.m.) at the J.A. Guilbault Funeral Home Inc., 5359 St. Michel Blvd., Montreal, 514 721-4925.

5359, St. Michel Blvd. (below Masson)

Phone: 514 721-4925 • Private parking

The Funeral service and mass will be held on Friday, December 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Vladimir Slovenian Parish, 3470 St. Joseph Blvd. East, Montreal.

We would like to extend our profound gratitude to the palliative care team at the Jewish General Hospital who took excellent care of our dad and whose extreme kindness and compassion supported us during this very difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Vladimir Parish or to Lung Cancer Canada.

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