It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Florian Rijavec in Calgary following a devastating stroke while on holiday in Waterton National Park.
He leaves to mourn his spouse, Yvonne–semicolon– son, Christian Gazelle (Vivianne)–semicolon– daughters, Patricia (Denis) and Mireille (Mark)–semicolon– six grandchildren, Danielle (Rémi), Marc, Mikaël, Marie-Hélène, Jasmine and Olivia–semicolon– and four great grandchildren, Christian, Riley, Keane and Malik (born July 2nd, 2012). Florian also leaves his three brothers who came with him to Canada, Boris (Irma), Oton (Isidra) and Martin (Annie)–semicolon– his sister, Ana (Bogo) in Slovenia–semicolon– numerous nieces and nephews in Canada–semicolon– and many dearly loved relatives in Slovenia. He will also be missed by the children at the Liboria Espinosa Orphanage in Manzanillo, Mexico–semicolon– and by his beloved horse, Louis. Florian was predeceased by two brothers, Ivan and Julij–semicolon– and his loving parents, Jozef and Helena (Cej).
Florian was a mighty oak tree that spread its branches across the country and around the world, whose fruits nourished his dear family and many friends. Florian “did it my way”, a theme song in his life, a life he shared with his wife and soul mate of 53 years, Yvonne. A successful and esteemed entrepreneur of 48 years, Florian’s integrity, strength and many talents were a great inspiration to his family and employees. This is a painful time – the earth shuddered when this great tree fell. We take comfort in the many words of love and respect so many have shared with us and trust that precious memories of him will prevail.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Florian may be made to the Little Bits Riding Program at the Whitemud Equine Centre (Box 29016 Lendrum P.O., Edmonton, AB, T6H 5Z6) or to the Liboria Espinosa Orphanage in Manzanillo, Mexico (donation envelopes will be available at the service).