Peacefully passed away at his home on January 26, 2013. For 63 years, beloved husband of Mary (nee Lucan). Proud and dedicated father of Michael (Robbie)Varsava of Tecumseh, Richard (Caroline) Varsava of Aurora, Gary (Rita) Varsava of Port Elgin, Catherine (Doug) Metcalfe of Aurora, Christine (Arnie) Bresette of Camlachie. Attentive grandfather to Drew (Nelia), Kim (Colin), Kate, Christian, Emily, David, Mathew (Melissa), Sarah (Winston), Mike (Jean), Caylin, Cori, Mitch, and Brodie. Adoring great-grandfather of Ava, Alex, Kieran, Kate, Alex, and John. Will be missed by his sister Olga Seibot. Predeceased by his parents Andrew and Tereza and siblings Louie, Frances (Lucan) and John.
Emile was born in Dohnany, Slovakia, on February 5, 1927 and immigrated to Canada in 1937.The passion of Emile’s life was following his faith and his love of God. He served his church as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Emile followed his gift for sales as an insurance broker for 40 years. Ever the entrepreneur he had ownership of multiple apartment buildings. Following retirement his talent for sales continued with fundraising for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Most recently he was recognized and selected for the 2012 Mayor’s Honour List. He was a friend of many and a strong supporter of the Slovak community. His love and support will be missed in the lives of all he knew. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with prayers being offered at 8:00 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 1, 2013, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Bright’s Grove at 11:00 a.m. with the interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). http://smithfuneralhome.ca/