A big man with a big heart
  • 75 years old
  • Born on December 18, 1940 in Split, Croatia.
  • Passed away on May 2, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

JURIĆ, Arsen “Archie” (1940 - 2016) passed away at the Toronto General Hospital on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 in his 76th year.  

Cherished husband, beloved soulmate and dance partner of 51 years to Janina Jurić (nee Krys) of Simcoe.  Loving father & grandfather of Adrian Jurić of Dubai and Tanja Jurić – Strong (Scott) of Toronto, their children Duncan & Ruby.  Archie will be lovingly remembered by his siblings Dragica Bišćan and Nikola Jurić (Irena), all of Croatia and by many nieces, nephews and extended family.  Archie will be sadly missed by Janina’s mother Maria Byczyk of Simcoe and by siblings, Emilia Byczyk (Eric), Krystyna Bednarski (late Marjan) and Richard Byczyk (Donna).  

Archie was redeceased by his parents, the late Nikola and Ljubica Jurić, and by brothers Josip and Srećko Jurić and by a cousin Ivan Tokich.  

Archie was a proud and dynamic man with a passion for adventure, travel, music, and family.  Everyone who was touched by Archie will miss his adventurous spirit, mischievousness, generosity, big heart, humanity, and friendship.  His great soul will stay with us always.

Posted by Isabel Cunningham on 3rd May 2018
Janina Just saw this beautiful tribute page & want you to know I am thinking a bout you....thank you for sharing the photos.....gives me a better look at your life with this special person.
Posted by Phillip Sallewsky on 3rd May 2017
There has been a buzz word going around lately, particularly in education. That word is 'yet' and symbolizes the belief in a growth mindset, that there is no 'no' and that everything is achievable in time. This is what comes to mind instantly when I think of Archie. For him there was no 'no'. No matter the task, the struggle or the problem, he faced each with the conviction that all will be mastered. Whenever I approached him with a problem or a situation he never once said he would need to think about helping out. His response was always an unequivocal 'yes'. Such was the character of this generous man.
Posted by Janina Juric on 2nd May 2017
Exactly one year ago I lost the love of my life....fifty one years of love,dancing,travel, many wonderful memories made with this incredible man who loved me and his family with great zest and passion.My grief is bottomless...beyond all tears and explanation and it is not getting easier.
Posted by Vivienne Heydorn on 13th June 2016
We met Archie and Janina ten years ago, soon after we moved to Norfolk County, and became firm friends. We met through dance and spent many happy occasions together at dances and on other social occasions. Archie was the consumate host, ever ready to keep your glass full, and along with Janina, to ensure you were well fed. He was always jovial, complimentary and eager to put you at ease. He was an adventurer and devoted family man. Taken too soon and too suddenly, we miss him enormously. He will remain in our memories and in our hearts. Vivienne and Bernard Heydorn
Posted by Drago Cenan on 10th June 2016
I was very sorry to hear of Archie's passing. We grew up together until teenage years because we lived near. We got separated because he went to Canada. After I never met him although he came here to visit parents. A few years ago we again contacted via E-mail. I will remember Arsen / Archie for ever and ever as a happy, full of spirit human being with a big heart who welcomed everyone into his home. Our sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
Dear Janina & family. So sorry to hear of Archie's passing. He had such a larger than life personality & was truly a lover of life. He always had a smile & word of cheer to share with anyone he met. What a pleasure knowing him. On behalf of our family, I'm extending our condolences. R.I.P Archie." Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Mary Antolovich
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
We hereby wish to convey our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Archie." Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Angelika and Albert Kaltz
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
My condolences, I knew and worked with Archie many yrs. I liked his humour." Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Noel Clarke
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
Jenny, Adrian and Tanja So very shocked to hear the sad news about Archie. Words cannot express how very sorry we are and how much we wish we could be with you during this difficult time. We will always remember Archie as a happy, full of spirit human being with a big heart, who welcomed everyone into his home. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all. We will hold you close in prayer. Lucy, Marek, Katarina, Jessica , Marysia and Krysia xo." Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Lucy Kowalczyk
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
We were saddened to learn of Archie's death, and we are thinking of you all. Words fail me. Archie had that certain sparkle that made life great fun for everyone he knew. We will miss him. My mother sends her condolences as well; she is currently is hospital with complications of lymphoma. We reminisced about the past, and my mother recalled when Archie was staying with us. One evening, I guess you two had a spat and he got in his car and drove all the way to Atikokan to clear things up. He loved his family, and he loved you. That has always been abundantly clear. You have a tough day coming up. Please know that there are many who are thinking of you now. Sincerely, Linda and family." Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Linda Luszczak
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
Dear family, dear Janina, we missed the best friend & the best soul mate. we are sorry we have not been there with you at that difficult time. We will remember Archie for ever & ever for his life-love spirit, for his hospitality & kindness. Say HI! to him from us..& you Janina - be strong. I know how you feel -I lost my husband at 40. It takes time . Love you , Tatiana (in Woodbridge) & Anton (in Prgomet). Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Anton & Tatiana
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
Sorry for your loss Jenina. Hope you are copping o.k. Not easy but may God watch over you Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Elsie Bigioni
Posted by Adrian Juric on 23rd May 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Archie's passing. Altho I never met him, I heard many wonderful things about him from the residents at Med. Manors. My sympathy to you &your family. Condolence originally posted on Smith Funeral Home site by Marianne Bauer
Posted by Chuck Powell on 16th May 2016
We are so saddened by the loss of your dear husband and father Archie. He indeed was a "big man with a big heart", a kind hearted soul, with a warm heart. We always enjoyed our visits with him here at the blueberry farm, where we always shared a laugh and a good joke! He will truly be missed! Sincerely, Chuck and SherylLynn Powell
Posted by Luke Rimanich on 13th May 2016
A very kind hearted, good man who would do anything to help, so many good things to say about Archie, it is hard to mention in a short note. Will be missed by all of us.
Posted by Judy Dunn on 11th May 2016
Sad to hear of your loss. He has a dedicated caring son.

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