ZUPET, Slavko “Stan” Vekoslav
September 27, 1929 — February 5, 2023
With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Slavko Zupet, of Kelowna, BC, on February 5, 2023. He passed peacefully at the age of 93. He was born in Mirna, Slovenia, on September 27, 1929, to Franc and Albina Zupet.
Slavko is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ivanka; son Ed (Margo); daughter Valerie (Barry); grandchildren Selina (Chris), Michelle (Alex), and Lance; brother Tone (Fani) in Slovenia; and many extended family members in Canada and Slovenia. He was predeceased by his grandson Dallas; brother Frenk; and sister Bini.
Slavko’s life was shaped by a childhood in the depression and an active war zone in WWII Yugoslavia. He learned to work hard and learned trades from his father. Later, he became a technical engineer in his Yugoslav army service. Slavko, Ivanka, and Ed immigrated to Alberta, Canada in 1957, after a short stay in Austria, living mostly in the Edmonton area while in Alberta.
Starting with nothing, Slavko built a solid business and reputation for quality craftsmanship as a stonemason and bricklayer. He earned respect for his work, both for quality and value. A highly sought-after tradesman, Slavko was a hard worker, usually the first on the job site. He also liked to party, and was usually the first to show up there too; and he treasured spending time with family and friends on the weekend at the cabin at Long Lake, where many wonderful memories were made.
Slavko loved to sing and listen to Slovenian music, play his button accordion, and have a glass of wine or two. He also loved his Slovenian culture and was instrumental in the establishment of the Slovenian Canadian Association in Edmonton in 1964. Over the years Slavko was a very active member and assumed many roles including President, member of the Board of Trustees, member of the Slovenian choirs, and also played a leading role in the club’s 40th anniversary in 2004. One of his favourite events at the Slovenian club was the annual masquerade dance, where he dressed up in costumes (even using stilts on one occasion). Slavko’s efforts were acknowledged by the Slovene Emigrant Association in 2002 in Bled, Slovenia, where he was presented with a Golden Jubilee Memorial Medal for outstanding work on preserving Slovenian cultural tradition. He was one of five awardees from Canada, and one out of 50 around the world.
Slavko was extremely creative and liked to entertain others, he always wanted people to be happy and enjoy life. He was unpretentious, and embraced many changes in life, including moving to Kelowna in 2006 and retiring shortly after, at age 77. Slavko loved learning and trying new things, so he found new interests, some that surprised his family such as gardening, growing grapes, drying fruit and smoking meat, canning, cooking, baking, and even fishing and mushroom picking, things he’d never done before. In the last several years, Slavko loved to be outdoors, quietly observing nature’s hidden secrets. He kept his mind sharp and learned how to use computers and social media, worked on Sudoku puzzles, enjoyed reading, and was known for striving for excellence in everything he did.
Slavko made many new friends in Kelowna, especially among other Slovenians, whom he loved to visit, share stories with, and sing. Naturally, he was a member of the Slovenian Club and choir in Kelowna.
Slavko will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He will always have a special place in our hearts. One thing we’ll all remember is his joyful nature and hearing him shout his signature expression, “Bumba!” (pronounced: Boom-ba).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Slavko’s name to Music Heals Charitable Foundation or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will take place on THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PDT), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A reception will follow at Springfield Funeral Home. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by livestream at the time of the service (see below); a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PDT)
SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME
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On behalf of the Board of Directors and the membershipof the Slovenian Hall in Edmonton, we would like to express our condolences to the family. Slavko was a pillar in our community and he will be missed. Slavko was intrumental in shaping our community into what it is today. His hard work, dedication, and passion for the Slovene culture has left a lasting impact on many of us. As you mourn the loss of Slavko, may you find comfort in the memories and legacy he leaves behind. It is clear that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his influence and impact will continue to live on for years to come.
Dippest condolonces to Ivanka Zupet and all Family. We will miss Slavkota.
Ferdinand, Josie and Family Ramovs
Our Prayers are with You. Blessings to the Family. Stella Velikonja, Richard & Doris Hutniak
I have privilege to meet Slavko for first time in 2004 when I was assisting with Slovenian cultural group from Koper to come to Edmonton and help Slovenian Canadian association of Edmonton to celebrate there 40. Anniversary > I remember very well how Slavko put all his positive energy and time and work so hard to accommodate all visitors he did great job and we Thank you Slavko .
Thank you Slavko for giving me opportunity to learn from you history of Slovenian Canadian Association of Edmonton which had at the time very similar history as Winnipeg Slovenian community .Slavko and I agreed that Slovenians in this great country Canada are well respected because we love to work and our life is devoted for our family and our Slovenian Canadian community to protect and save our Slovenian identity we are very proud on our Slovenian rots and we love our homeland Slovenia .
It was my great privilege to become Slavko and Zupet family friend over the years I have opportunity to visit Slavko and Ivanka in Kelowna with my wife Evelyn . I can not write how nice was that for my wife Evelyn she loved Ivanka and Slavko from the moment we shake hands and hug .
My Dear wife Evelyn passed away in 2020 . I understand how hard is for Zupet family when you lose your love one . My deepest condolences to his Dear wife Ivanka , doughter Val , son Ed and everyone in Zupet family .
I will always remember my friend Slavko god bless him and Zupet family .
Dragi prijatelj Slavko pocivaj v miru , ti mi bos v spominu in srcu zavedno hvla ti za cudovito prijateljstvo i.
Tvoj prijatelj iz Winnipega Branko Maligec
Past President of:
Canadian Slovenian cultural Society -CSCS
Past President of:
Slovenian Canadian Association of Manitoba
Really sorry for your loss but pleased you are having the opportunity to celebrate a really full life. Thoughts and prayers.
Botra, Ed, Val and families.
My deepest condolences to your family. ‘Steets” Slavko was always a rock amongst the families and I will never forget the good times and family values he held. I will hold strong my memories of the lake times we had, the Christmas dinners, plus his knowledge that he shard with us all.
Our deepest condolences to Ivanka Zupet and the whole family. So many wonderful memories, we will miss you. Forever in our hearts.
The Zugic Family
My deepest condolences for the Zupet family. Ivanka Ed & Margo, Val
Slavko lived a happy life and was full of life. He always had a big smile on when you would see him, and if you were sad he would make you smile. A lot of great happy memories with with him and the family. Rest in Peace .
Our deepest condolences for the Zupet family. Ivanka Ed & Margo, Val. Slavko was bigger than life. Boom Ba
so very sorry to hear of Slavko’s passing. A lovely man, who I met through Ed and Margo. He was such an interesting man, and always smiling. A beautiful tribute to a life very well lived.
We were very sorry to hear about this wonderful man’s passing. We remembered him in our lokal newspaper: