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Cezar Malesic

Oct 19 1919 - Sep 07 2010

Cezar Malesic was born on October 19, 1919 in Yugoslavia (now Croatia),under the Communist dictatorship of Tito. He lost his mother, Mare, and his sister, Marica, while still a young man. He was devoted to both, taking care of them during their illnesses. He became a barber and worked in the town barber shop for several years. He married Tonica Lolic in 1947 and had a daughter, Marica, named in honor of his sister. After persistent requests from the government that he become an informant on his patrons, he decided to flee. He had a profound dislike for the regime and their philosophy. In 1957, he, along with several others, escaped under the darkness of night, across the border to Italy. He spent a while in Italy working at his trade and eventually made his way to Monte Carlo where he worked on Prince Rainier?fs yacht. But he had a bigger dream to fulfill. He wanted to go to America. He first went to England and worked on a cargo ship as a sailor, which traveled from England to the US. After a few trips back and forth, he decided to ?gjump ship?h in Virginia. He made his way to New York City and to the home of some friends. He had no money, no clothes, no knowledge of the English language and was hiding from immigration. His friends took him in and provided temporary shelter and help. A very good attorney was recommended to take on his case. After some unforeseen problems where he was constantly on the move to avoid the immigration authorities, he finally got his papers. His wife and daughter joined him in New York City in February 1961 and all became citizens as soon as possible. He lived and worked in Queens, N.Y. until 2004 and then moved with his wife to McKinney to be near his daughter and her family. He had one granddaughter, Susan, whom he enjoyed watching grow up with great pleasure. They were very close and kindred spirits. They shared treasured times together and a special love. Through the years he traveled - his favorite places were Bermuda and Florida. In May 2010, he and his wife moved to Stonefield Assisted Living and Memory Care. He enjoyed traveling, reading, photography, music and tinkering. He had an inquisitive mind with a wonderful sense of humor mixed with a degree of wanderlust and adventure. He is survived by daughter, Margie McGuire and her husband, Brian, and granddaughter, Susan McGuire and her husband, Dinesh Kumar. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tribute to My Father By Marica Malesic McGuire Tata - I can't begin to imagine the range of feelings and emotions running through your body and mind on that fateful evening, so many years ago, as you started on your journey to face an uncertain future. By that singular decision, you have touched and changed, directly and indirectly, so many lives. You have opened a door, otherwise closed, and paved the way to a whole new world of choices, options and freedoms for us. Only you know the pain and hardship it took to open that door. Not to mention the number and weight of the stones it took to pave the road to your destination and ultimately ours. We felt no pain, no fear because we knew you would be there waiting for us. All we needed was some time to adjust to a new way of life. We have benefited from your vision, your kindness, your generosity in so many unspoken ways. For sometimes the feelings we feel deepest are the most difficult to express. So on behalf of myself and all of us whose journey to this land you have made possible - our deepest and most heartfelt thank you! I have loved and adored you all my life. I will miss you and think of you every day. Your loving daughter, Marica -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2010, at St. Gabriel the Arch Angel Catholic Community, 110 St. Gabriel Way in McKinney. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlett, Texas. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m., Thursday with a rosary at 6:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org.
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