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LOUIS L. MARIC (published on July 12, 2008)



LOUIS L. MARIC May 12, 1933 July 1, 2008 Louis Maric passed away at St. Boniface hospital after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson Disease and its complications. He was diagnosed in 1993, and although his body gradually weakened, his indomitable spirit remained strong and has always been a source of inspiration for those around him. He is survived by Sharon (nee Fahy) his loving wife in 39 years of marriage, his two sons David and Paul, and many family and friends. Louis was predeceased by his Croatian parents Ante and Ana, and his brother Ivan and sister Anja. Louis was born in Yugoslavia (in an area now known as Hercegovina) in the rural hills near a small village called Vinjani. He was very proud of his Croatian heritage. His childhood happened in a time of war and roaming armies, he survived the unimaginable effects of the Second World War and then endured a civil war in Yugoslavia, while he grew up as a shepherd without running water or electricity in the small valley his family had farmed. He worked as an apprentice blacksmith and auto mechanic, and spent time in a post-war refugee camp in Lager Asten (Austria) before he finally arrived in Winnipeg in 1955. Soon after, he would become a very proud Canadian citizen who truly savored every moment of the freedom and democracy his childhood had been denied. He climbed the ranks of the automobile industry, from his beginnings as a top notch mechanic, to the Parts and Service manager, to Sales manager, and eventually was the General Manager of a dealership in 1969 Cars International, that he would go on to later own himself, and started his second dealership Maric Mazda in 1977. His Community involvements included such organizations as the Catholic Youth Organization, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Toastmasters (Venio Dictum chapter), the Better Business Bureau, the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association, and many more. He retired from the car business in 1990, after which he continued his community involvement with more passion than ever, adding his participation to the Federal Business Development Bank, the Winnipeg Board of Revision, the Community Residents' Advisory Group, the Access Advisory Committee, and was active in charity fundraising for numerous organizations, but especially so for the Parkinson Society of Manitoba. Louis was fluent in seven languages, could communicate effectively in six others, and would often joke that on top of all that he also spoke a little bit of English. In his retirement, he used those skills to work as an interpreter for CanTalk Canada and for the International Language Bank. He was often pleased to volunteer his interpreting and advocacy skills for the local Bosnian community. Louis was an active and passionate member of Breezy Bend Country Club for 43 years, from 1964 until his last round of golf in October of 2007 and had never missed a season. He was happiest when he was golfing, and enjoyed the game with many friends and associates, especially Lloyd and Neil, whose friendship brought him great joy. He also loved playing cards, especially cribbage, and above all else he loved to win - at anything and everything, he was an excellent victor. A great mechanic and handyman, Lou was an avid collector of random little parts that could later be used to fix something, we're certain. He was a strong, warm hearted man who just had a natural way of making people around him feel good, and his unique nature will be missed greatly by all. Always telling jokes (often the same ones that worked before), and never hesitating to hug anyone at first sight, he will be remembered for his quick contagious smile and that ever present twinkle in his eyes. There will never be another Louis Maric. The family thanks the truly wonderful staff at St. Boniface General Hospital for their care, especially the nurses and aides on 5B - always going the extra mile for him when he needed it most. A memorial service will be held to celebrate and honour his life on Thursday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m., at St. John Brebeuf Church. Family, friends, and those whose lives were somehow touched by Louis are welcome to gather in his remembrance. Arrangements are personally entrusted to Louis' friend, Neil Bardal. NEIL BARDAL INC. 949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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