Srećko Lauc “Felix”

Srećko Lauc “Felix” – December 19, 1934 – November 26, 2020

Humble beginnings to overwhelming success…

Finally at peace, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Srećko Lauc in his 86th year. Srećko passed away comfortably at home surrounded by his family after a 5 year battle with cancer.

Born in Vašarovići, Bosnia and Hercegovina, a small village in the former Yugoslavia. He immigrated to Canada in late 1968 in search for a better life, with few dollars in his pocket.

Beloved husband and best friend of Vesna (Jerkić) for 45 years. Cherished dad of Tony (Kathy) Lauc and Danijela (Tiago) Lauc-Soares. Adored “Dedo” to Kaleb, Ava, Adam and Anthony; Mathieu, Naia and Neven.

Dear Brother of Vinka Loboja and Zora Lauc. Brother-in-law to Martin Jerkić.

Predeceased by his Parents Mijo and Andja; brothers Vlatko, Mirko, Ante, Dušan and Ivan; Sisters Mira, Dragica and Ana; Parents-in-law Pero and Jela; Brother-in-laws Ferdo, Andrija, and Vice; Sister-in-Law Nada.

Upon landing in Canada, he spent the first few years in the greater Toronto area, ultimately settling and building a life in Chatham-Kent. Srećko studied Agronomy at the University of Belgrade and was awarded a degree of Agricultural Engineer, specializing in Corn breeding. After a few years working for a local company, he decided to take the risk and start his own corn breeding business. Unbeknownst to most, his modest shop in Chatham was the hub for many business relationships throughout the world… Srećko could always be found at his office watching the news or sports such as Hockey or Soccer in between planning the next business decision. He enjoyed having friends and colleagues visit him whereby they would get his take on the current economic and political environment.

He had many career high points and opportunities, a few lows, but he always remained resilient. Albeit, he will tell you that his greatest accomplishment would be his children and ultimately his grandchildren…

Srećko was passionate about his corn breeding and loved to work, as his son says “talk to his corn”. Even while battling his illness he planted his corn research crop and continued his research up until the point it became too difficult.

He enjoyed driving his Chevy pickup truck around the countryside, seeing what was new, checking out the growing crops, seeing an old friend or stopping to pick up some apples and pears to have for a healthy snack. He has taken his last tour across the beautiful countryside to his final resting place in heaven.

Srećko and his family are thankful for the care and compassion shown during his illness by the doctors, nurses and staff; a special thank you to the VON palliative team and Care Partners PSWs that cared for him over the last few months.

At Srećko’s request a private family funeral will be celebrated.

Friends may send condolences, share stories or make a charitable contribution to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation or Chatham-Kent Hospice via

Work Hard, stay Humble.

14 Comments on “Srećko Lauc “Felix””

  1. Humble doesn’t even begin to describe the kind of man he was. Always there to help anyone who needed it.
    A man who loved his grandchildren and family.
    A man we respected enormously.
    A man we loved immensely.

    Forever grateful for what you mean to us!
    You’ll never be forgotten.

    Love you always …

  2. Felix was a man I really enjoyed a discussion with. we had many, really a great guy, always jolly and joking, said it the way it was, I
    always enjoyed and remembered our working together at Thompsons and latter at our meetings exporting seed. Take care my friend you will be greatly missed.

  3. Danijela, Tiagao, Mathieu, Naia and Neven
    Were so sorry for the loss of your dad,
    He fought very hard over the last 5 years.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this most difficult time.
    Rob & Anna Lowe

  4. Tony, Kathy and family. Danijela, Tiago and Family. We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom during this difficult time.

  5. Thinking of you all and your families during this difficult time! Sending lots of love and prayers! xo

  6. My deepest sympathies to the Lauc family in these difficult times. I sincerely hope that all your wonderful memories will help ease the pain of such a great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  7. I will never forget Felix and the time we spent together in Belgium, Canada, Florida. Our trips together with the car to France, Spain, Italy, Hungarry, Croatia….Mieke, myself, the children and grandchildren, nobody will forget Felix. Everybody knew and respected him. Our thoughts are with you, Vesna and with the family. Thinking on our time together in Chatham.

  8. Poštovana obitelj Lauc,

    s vjerom u uskrsnuće i život vječni izražavam Vam iskrenu sućut zbog smrti “Felixa” izuzetno zanimljivog sugovornika o raznovrsnim globalnim temama iz povijesti, sadašnjosti i budućnosti svijeta te uloge Hrvatske u tom globalnom svijetu.

    Srećko, počivaj u miru božjem!

    R.I.P. FELIX

  9. Always enjoyed our conversations. Felix was never shy about sharing his thoughts on our seed industry. I will miss those opportunities.
    My sincere condolences to Vesna, Tony, Daniela and family.
    Rest In Peace Felix

  10. Tony and Family,

    My sincere condolences to You and your family. I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing . I am a bit late in sending this as my own father battles his own struggles.. I can understand the process of this not being easy . All the best to your Mama as well ….

    I had the great pleasure to meet your father oh so long ago . A true hard working genuine man . He passed on great values to his kids there is no doubt.
    All the best to you and your family during these next few months of healing

    Louise St-Amand

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