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.
Work Hard, stay Humble.