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GOJKO BODIROGA

Born: Aug 08, 1946

Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2021

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GOJKO BODIROGA
August 8, 1946 - October 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our devoted husband, father, and deda, Gojko Bodiroga, on October 6, 2021, at the age of 75 years, at St. Boniface Hospital.
Gojko will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 43 years, Borka, daughters, Diana Ross (Tyler), Jovanka Conrad (Darryl) and Suzana (Tyler), and his three beautiful grandchildren whom he absolutely adored, Violet, Valentina and Victor. He also leaves his brothers, Milan, Radoslav (Senka), Petar (Zorica), and sister Dara Majkic (Mirko), and their families.
He was predeceased by his father Djoko, his mother Anica (née Sulaver) and his beloved son Milan, who was taken from us far too early, and whose loss left a hurt that could never be truly healed. We take comfort in knowing that they will be reunited and that Gojko is now at peace.
Gojko was born in Trebinje, former Yugoslavia, in 1946. He developed a passion for cooking at a young age, which led him to pursue a diploma in culinary arts in Belgrade, Serbia. In 1974 he moved to Winnipeg, Canada where he joined his brother Milan. In 1978, Gojko travelled back home where he met and married the love of his life, Borka. They spent time in Paris where Gojko trained at the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. Soon after they returned to Winnipeg where they built their life and were blessed with their four children.
Gojko, known to many as "Chef", was an influential leader in Winnipeg's culinary scene. He worked for many years as the Head Chef at Restaurant Dubrovnik, where he established a world-class reputation. Over the years he was a mentor to so many; he respected hard work and pushed for excellence. He retired in 2011 as owner of Promenade Bistro with Borka, working alongside each other for many years.
Gojko's retirement was highlighted by the births of his grandchildren. He was a very proud deda, his eyes lit up when they entered the room. He was a self-proclaimed sports nut who kept himself busy watching football, tennis, and everything in between. Gojko's charm, sense of humour and wisdom made him a great storyteller, and he enjoyed a good debate. He would occasionally throw you a wink to let you know that you were in on something special. He was deeply devoted to the Serbian Orthodox faith, and was a member of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. He will be deeply missed by many. We love you forever. Rest in peace.
Viewing to be held at Cropo on Sunday, October 10. A private funeral will be held on Tuesday October 12, with interment at Brookside Cemetery.
This obituary may also be viewed at the Cropo Funeral website.
Publish Date: Oct 9, 2021

GOJKO BODIROGA

We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Gojko Bodiroga on October 6, 2021 at the age of 75 years, at St. Boniface Hospital.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 43 years, Borka; his three daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
A longer obituary with funeral arrangements to follow.
Publish Date: Oct 8, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 08, 2021, Oct 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Please accept my family's deep and sincere condolences on the passing of GOJKO. My daughter Morgan told us so many anecdotes when she worked for you at Promenade and we became regular customers. It was a privilege to have eaten there and enjoyed so many wonderful meals over the years. But it was what took place after they both moved on from Promenade. He stayed in touch and was like family to Morgan as were other members of your family. We share your grief and pray that your sorrow will be uplifted to comfort and to peace. If my family can be of any help, we would gladly assist in any way we can. - Posted by: Monique Aquin Graboski (Customer ) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to Borka and the family. We are saddened to hear about Gojko's passing. We have fond memories of your visits to the city of Dubrovnik and our family. RIP, sincerely Rade and Marija Bodiroga with family. - Posted by: Marija Bodiroga (Cousin) on: Oct 14, 2021

  • I am sadden to hear the news - my sympathy to you Borka and the girls and families - May he rest in peace - I am sorry I have not been in touch recently, and I had many thoughts why I did not hear from Gojko as he normally called to chat. I am available any time you need to talk. Wanda Michalchuk - Posted by: Wanda Michalchuk (Frienda) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • My husband and I met Gojko and his wife many years ago. We had the most outward respect for his talents and friendship. His wife Borka a charming lady. Our deepest sympathy for the whole family. A great loss to everyone that he touched through out his life. Rest In Peace. Sandor and Corinne - Posted by: Sandor and Corinne Dusa (Friends) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • Chef Gojko was a true master artist at culinary presentations. He did a wonderful banquet for us at the Dubrovnik restaurant in the late 1980's. There were nothing but compliments for his ' Gojko chicken'. Rest in Peace Chef Gojko...our loss is heaven's gain! Condolences to his family. Daria and Russell Surowy - Posted by: Russell Surowy (professional) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • I am saddened to learn of Gojkos passing and send condolences to his family. We worked together at The Hotel Fort Garry in the early 90’s. Another good person gone too soon. Rest in peace Cheffy. Sharon Romanoff - Posted by: Sharon Romanoff (former co-worker) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • Rest in peace cika Gojko. Deepest condolences to the family from Branka, Dragan, Mimi and Maki. - Posted by: Branka kostic (Friend) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • Very sad news on a giant in Winnipeg’s Culinary Scene. RIP Gojko. - Posted by: Jeff Gill (Culinary Colleague ) on: Oct 08, 2021

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