elevated l8F8d July 27, 1928 ~ August 1, 2019
elevated l8F8d Visitation
Thursday August 8, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
elevated l8F8d Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated l8F8d Funeral Mass
Thursday August 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm
elevated l8F8d Chapel of St. Joseph – Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated l8F8d Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON, L3T 2C7
elevated l8F8d Obituary
elevated l8F8d Nicholas Joseph Belak
elevated l8F8d July 27th, 1928 – August 1st 2019
elevated l8F8d Born in Sumiac, Slovakia to Maria and John Belak, grew up to be a Renaissance man. Nicholas passed away peacefully, his son at his side at Gibson Long Term Care Centre.
elevated l8F8d Devoted husband to Catherine (deceased), loving father to John Paul, caring brother to John (deceased) and Mary. Proud uncle to Stephen, Peter, and Veronica (deceased), and generous to his many cousins.
elevated l8F8d Immigrated to Temiscaming Quebec in 1939. Became trilingual. Obtained a scholarship to St. Michael’s College and achieved an MBA. Played varsity football, pitched in baseball and hacked at tennis. Enjoyed music, dance, singing, and the arts. A historian and storyteller which encompassed fishing tales. Proud of his heritage: past president of Canadian Slovak Business Association. Assisted the Czech immigrants in 1968 advocating for their right of entry into Canada. Favourite quotes “počúvaj a bud’ ticho” and “never give up”, his philosophy to journeys end. Ever grateful to his family, friends, and the Gibson Longterm Caregivers who enhanced his long and happy life.
elevated l8F8d The family will receive friends at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home 211 Langstaff Road East (west of Bayview Ave.) from 11 am to 1 pm Thursday August 8, 2019. A mass of Christian burial will take place within the funeral home in the Chapel of St. Joseph following the visitation at 1:30 pm. The final rite of committal and burial will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (8361 Yonge Street Thornhill). In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice. Online condolences & directions may be found at www.catholic-cemeteries.com