Otto SZIJJ

June 5, 1928 – February 18, 2014

Otto passed away after a devastating illness on Tuesday evening at the Gardens in Qualicum surrounded by his wife Maria, friends and a very caring and compassionate staff. His first wife, Marika, brother, Stephen, and sister, Hermina, predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Maria, his daughter Martha (Phillip) and his step-children Christopher and Michelle. He also leaves behind his grand-daughters Jennifer and Deanna and one great-grandson, Damian of BC, his sister Ibolya and nieces Agnes, Ildiko, Eva and nephew Gyula in Hungary, Veronica in Florida and Suzanne and her brother, Peter in Errington, BC. Brother-In-Law Nicholas (Janet), Kitchener, ON., nephew Zoltan (Cheryl), London, ON.

Otto emigrated from Hungary to Canada in 1957, eventually settling in Gold River, BC. He worked for the Gold River Pulp Mill for 27 years. During that time he was a member of the Lions Club and served as the president for one term. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking (he belonged to the Nanaimo Wood Scrollers Club) and the flowers in his garden. Otto was also a member of the Nanaimo and Victoria Hungarian Clubs, where he met his second wife Maria. His friends and family will miss him.

He was a kind, gentle soul with a ready smile and a good word for everybody.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 591 Arbutus St., Qualicum Beach, BC on Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the Alzheimer Society of BC or the

Oceanside Hospice Society.


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