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Passed away peacefully at the Central Okanagan Hospice House on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the age of 83.  Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Violet; son George Arambasich (Natalie) of Kelowna; daughter Natalie Musa (Joe) of Calgary; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother Ivo and sister Mary both of Croatia; son-in-law Ivan; as well as numerous loved nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his daughter Lori.  In Croatia, Fabian was a motivated and disciplined individual, which was evident throughout his life, both for his family and his career.  As a young man, he aspired to be a medical doctor, at the same time training to become an Olympic rower.  This in turn, started his journey to build a better and free life, hence leading him to defect from his homeland, via hijacking a fishing boat to Italy at gun point.  From there, he came to Canada and settled in Winnipeg, MB, where he soon met and married his one true love, Violet and had his three loving children.  His main priority was his family, focusing on being a good provider and role model, constantly upgrading and improving Fabian obtained his Business Administration Degree from the university of Manitoba, while working full time.  Fabian was very proud of his Croatian heritage and echoed that throughout his life.  Some of his noted accomplishments included the conceptualization and implementation of various Croatian organizations and events and remained a corner stone of the community all his life.  Fabian’s successful career encompassed working at Swifts for 25 plus years and a General Manager and Director of Maple Leaf Mills for Western Canada until his retirement.  Fabian enjoyed spending time at the family cabin at Star Lake, MB, where he enjoyed fishing and canoeing.  He always enjoyed good conversations with a nice glass of wine.  Prior to his retirement his dream with his wife was to move to Kelowna, BC.  In turn, Fabian being results orientated, made this happen.  They built their dream home on Shannon Lake Golf Course and golfed five days a week.  He enjoyed the best of the Okanagan and also the warm weather in various locations in the winters.  The family wishes to express their thanks to their relatives, friends, neighbours, the Croatian Community, the entire staff at the Hospice House and special thanks to Dr. Oyelese for his excellent care and compassion.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes, 2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC, with Father Wayne Pfliger as Celebrant.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association – Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

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The service for ARAMBASICH, Fabian Paul is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

2547 Hebert Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • Kathy Bortoluzzi/John Thompson says:

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you George, Natalie & family during this time.
    What an incredible journey and life your father had. Embrace & celebrate his life !
    – Kathy & John
    Fountain Hills, AZ

  • Stephanie and Polde Metez says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Violet, George and Natalie and family our prayers are with you at this time

  • Sylvia Cepus says:

    My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was an incredibly kind hearted man and will be missed by all.

  • Glen Gratton says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Violet and family ,not only was Fabian a great boss and mentor but also a great friend, Paulette and I will really miss him.

  • Tomo and Maria Markic says:

    With our deepest and most sincerest condolences Violet to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Fabian will be greatly missed. We hope the happy memories you have of Fabian as a loving husband and father will guide you through this time of grief. God be with you all.

  • The Matic Family says:

    Violet, George, Natasha and family – you are in our thoughts & prayers. On behalf of the Matic family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Fabian was our very dear & lifelong friend. We will always remember him fondly and miss him dearly.

  • Ruzica Kukec & Jamie Prsa says:

    Our deepest sympathies Violet to you and your family. Fabian was a great and caring person. We will miss him always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Ivica John Sarac and family says:

    I liked that guy!
    Always made me smile.
    Say hi to our beloved Lori.

  • Elizabeth and David Langtry says:

    Dear Arambasich Family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
    I have fond memories of Mr. Arambasich as a young child and then teenager as Lori and I were best friends and I spent many happy times at their home and Starr Lake too! My love is sent to all of you. May God Bless you all.
    Elizabeth and David

  • Judy & Bob Baker says:

    Our condolences to all the Arambasich family. Sending this directly from Star Lake. The Baker Family.

  • Danica (Pavlicic) Boric - Prince George,B.C. says:

    Violet & Family ,
    Please receive my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband and father Fabian.
    I remember him and all of you growing up back in Winnipeg.
    May god Bless his soul.
    God’s speed.

  • Wilf Bach says:

    Fabian was my boss in the mid 70’s. He was a very fair,humble and caring individual who influenced a solid work ethic. My condolences to his family.

  • Larry and Valerie Sauve says:

    Dearest Violet and Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on behalf of Larry and I.Our memories of your lovely husband, Fabian, are a man of great compassion, dignity, and deep love for you and his children and grandchildren. He was a generous and caring neighbour to us and a respected member of our Strata for many years. He will truly be misssed by all.Best wishes from Larry and Valerie Sauve

  • Stanko Botic & Joanne says:

    With our deepest and most sincerest condolences to Mrs. Arambasich, George, his sister and families. Peachland beach will not look the same without him.

  • Helen Fassbender says:

    My deepest condolences to Ivan and also to his sons who lost their grandfather.

  • ivan,dusanka perkovic says:

    Dearest family Arambasic.
    sending deepest sympathy on passing of our dear friend,neighbor Fabijan.
    the world lost a incredible man.he will be missed by most of us specially by his closest.our thoughts and prayers are with you all.RIP Fabijan.

    • Josip & Lynn Lecnik says:

      The sad news has reached us in Teulon, Manitoba and we would like to extend our sympathy to Aranbasich Family. This loss is not just to the Aranbasich family but also to the Croatian community here and overseas. Canada has lost a great citizen.
      Our sympathies,
      Josip & Lynn Lecnik

  • Sanja Vukelja says:

    Dearest Aunt Violet, cousins George, Natalie and your families,
    Our heartfelt sympathies.
    A new wound on the heart, a small tear in our eyes and fond memories of an incredible, generous and inspirational man. Uncle Fabian, we will miss hearing your voice over the phone & family updates on email. You have left a beautiful imprint on my heart with memories i will cherish forever – our new guardian angel, thank you for the memories. Rest in peace xxxxxxxxx with love, all the way from Sydney Australia – Sanja, Tomislav, Darsi, Zak and Roko Vukelja

  • Allan Delichte says:

    Violet, Natasha, George and families,

    We are extremely saddened by your loss. Although circumstances and distance have limited our contact, our thoughts and the memories of your kindness, generosity, and friendship remain strong.

    With the privilege of our fifty year friendship and having worked with Fabian for over thirty-five years, I learned that, as a husband, father, mentor, friend, and as a man, Fabian set the bar very high and had no equal. We will all miss him greatly.

    Our deepest condolences and sincerest hopes that your faith and memories will soften your loss.

    Allan & Sheila Delichte and family

  • Toni Pavlic says:

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you Violet and family. Fabian was such a great person. With love, the Pavlic family.

  • Ed Hordienko says:

    What is difficult to express is the profound loss of a kind, caring, humorous, intelligent and dynamic man. He had a lot to share and share he did, to this day I frequently recall the pleasant and happy times, of which I will always value and cherish. Dinners, birthdays, picnics and times spent at the lake, all so special, all so dear. Even though Uncle Fabian had a number of vehicles, it is when I see a blue and white 1959 Chevrolet that I especially think of him, picturing him with his elbow hanging out the window. Uncle Fabian as well as the entire family holds many pleasant memories for me. I was honoured to have him as my adopted Uncle. My deepest and sincere condolences to Chocha Valia, Tasha, George and the entire family. He lives in our hearts.

  • Zaradic Family says:

    Natalie, Joe, Ruza, Ivo and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories of Fabian, and God’s grace, carry you through this difficult time. With love from all of us.

  • Mack and Liss Wollmann says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss.Fabian was a good friend of ours he always kept in touch.Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.we hope and pray all goes well,we will all miss him.Our condolences to you and your family. Mack and Liss and the Wollmann Family from Neepawa Manitoba

  • Barb Skukan says:

    Dear Violet, Natasha, George and extended family members. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss.
    Barb & Drago Skukan

  • George Hordienko and family says:

    Dear Tyocha Vala, Natasha and George,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Uncle Fabian. He was a wonderful man who was respected and admired by our family.

    The sharing of his time and being a part of our family has been carved into our memories. Mom and Dad were very proud of having your family as close friends. Sharing many family events and visits over the years has left me with so many pleasant memories. Uncle Fabian was always an interesting person to be with. It was comfortable to share his space. While growing up I recognized that he was a very respected man on many levels, through his work, church, friends and most of all by his family. There were numerous memories that come up when I think of Uncle Fabian. One special moment that I recall occurred at the cottage that our parents were building. I wanted to build a fireplace as a contribution to the project. However, never having built one I had no clue as to where and how to begin. But as it happened Uncle Fabian dropped by and led me through the first steps to getting this job done. While setting out the stones and mixing the mortar we would talk about things and I realized even more so of what a special friend he was to our family. When he left to return home, he had instilled in me a degree of confidence that allowed me to finish the fireplace. I realized then that he had a lot more ability and skills than just putting up a fireplace. Over the years his depth and insight into various topics was really appreciated by me.

    I fondly remember that he would tell stories about his adventures in Croatia from when he was young. Those anecdotes were fascinating. Stories from his later life made it very clear to me that he was very proud of his precious family.

    Uncle Fabian’s passing was a great loss. May you find peace in remembering what an amazing person he was. I recall him with great fondness and was very glad to have the privelege of knowing him.


    George Hordienko and family

  • Fred and Bev Cave says:

    Hello Violet. I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Fabian. He was a very special man and I really enjoyed the many conversations I had with him, and you, over the years when we lived at Shannon Lake. Please pass on my condolences to George. I wish you all the best.
    Fred and Bev

  • Tamara Krasnov says:

    Hi Valia! We are very sorry to hear about your loss of Fabian. What a difficult time it must be for you and family. Our deepest sympathies and condolences. Tamara and family.

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