It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Zvonimir Petruša on May 2nd, 2024.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and cherished member of the community. He leaves behind his loving wife Marija, daughter Mishelle (Philip), son Emil (Nancy), son Zvonimir (Nidhi), grandchildren Nikolas, Matias, Nyah, Luka, Liviya, Niko, brothers Nikola, Josip, and Marko, sister Marica, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his father Nikola, mother Ana, sister Barica, and brothers Lovro and Ivan.

Born on Petruš Vrh, Vivodina, Croatia on September 8th, 1950, to Ana and Nikola Petruša; he was the youngest of eight siblings. After growing up on the family farm, he briefly worked and lived in Germany in the early 1970s. From there, he moved back to Croatia, and, through his mother’s guidance, ultimately decided to immigrate to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on December 4th, 1975. He met his wife-to-be, Marija Šimičević, in 1977. Their bond and love was immediate and deep; they were inseparable from that point on, sharing almost 47 wonderful years together.

Marija and he created a beautiful life, surrounded by their children who all live close by in Victoria. Zvonimir was a devout family man; this was evident by his love and affinity for all of his grandchildren in his later years. Zvonimir fulfilled his passion for working with his hands as a mason. His talent and ability for craftsmanship was evident by all; he was honest, hardworking, and loyal.

A funeral service for Zvonimir will be held at 10:00am at St. Leopold Mandic, followed by entombment at Royal Oak Mausoleum, with a reception thereafter at Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens at 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC, on Thursday, May 9, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Leopold Mandić Croatian Parish or to the BC Cancer Agency. 

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Poonam Khattar

    Those we love never truly leave us. Zvonko will always be missed but his gentle smile, genuine love and kindness remains in our hearts forever. Feel ourselves fortunate to have spent quality time with him.
    May his soul find eternal peace.
    Poonam and Mukesh

  • Spomenka Buckingham

    Draga Marija,

    Primite iskrenu sućut povodom vašeg gubitka. Naše su misli i molitve uz vas.


  • Lily

    We are sorry for your loss. May Jesus embrace him and hold him.

    Love from Lily, Mile, Martin, Jure and Josip

  • Kathy Niketas

    May he rest in peace
    A man who always smiled

  • Hilary and Nestor

    We feel very honoured to be connected to Zvonko’s extended family. He was a good and kind man, always very generous with his time, his talent and the produce from his amazing garden. He will truly be missed but his legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren.

  • Dennis Fedoruk

    So sorry to hear of Zvonko’s passing. We will always remember his kindness, strength and gentle manner. He will be greatly missed.
    Dennis and Deb

  • Rhonda Svarich-Kosowan

    I am very sorry for your loss. It’s at times like this that we treasure the many special moments that you have had with your beloved father. May your memories be kept in your hearts and be a comfort to you.

  • Monica Zeba

    I’m so sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences to all the family!

  • Zeljko Ranogajec

    Our deepest Condolences to family Zvonko always had a smile on his face , we worked together back in the day. A kind soul who treated everyone with respect, he will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
    Rest in God’s peace dear Zvonko.
    Ranogajec Family

  • Megan

    We are deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved father. Our deepest condolences.

    Yuri, Megan, Maya, Jill & Nevar, Makofka

  • Pami Taylor

    He was such a smart creative soul. I think he could fix and create anything. He will be missed. Vishal and I and Mom and the kids are thinking about you all in this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Love, Pami, Vishal, Caleb, and Maya.

  • Robert Hedji

    Moja najdublja sućut tebi i tvojoj obitelji.

    Robert i Jaqueline Hedji

  • Joe & Carmen de Frias

    My deepest condolences to all the family!!

  • Isabel faia

    Our deepest condolences to you Maria and all the family. He was an amazing man. May he rest in heavenly peace. From the Faia family.

  • Milka Wallace

    My sincere condolences to Marija and families, may he rest in heavenly peace!

  • Stefica Boticki

    I am so sorry to hear about Zvonko passing! My deepest condolences to you Maria and the whole family.

  • John Zvonimir Knezevic

    My sincerest condolences to the Petruša family. Tetak Zvonko was a great man. I appreciate and enjoyed the time I spent with him.

    May he rest in peace

  • Rico and beth

    We send our deepest condolences. He was always very nice and friendly. Always had a smile on his face whenever we spoke. He will be missed.

  • Nevenka kalabric

    I am very sorry to hear sad news .my deepest condolences to all of you.jako mi je Zao ,i primi te moju veliku sucut ,i da vam Bog da sangu da izdrzite tugu i bol ,a dragom Zvonku pokoj vijecni ,i Neka ga andeli uvedu u nebeski raj

  • Mirjana and Simo Rados

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to entire family.

  • Laura

    I am so sorry for your loss of such a great, strong, kind man. I’m thankful that he leaves such a beautiful legacy in your family. May you always remember him with joy, even in your sadness. Sending love…

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