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Alexander Grkovich, age 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends by his side on Sunday, September 16, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

He was born on November 25, 1948, in Jackson, Michigan to Rada and Bozidar Grkovich.  He was a graduate of University of Windsor, Ontario with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He was married to Ljiljana (Kondic) in December 1974. 

Alex loved life and had many hobbies and pursuits. Early in life he became an accomplished violist while also developing a love for the outdoors and nature. Living on a farm in Michigan he discovered his lifelong passion for collecting butterflies. Butterfly collecting took him to many beautiful places around the world and culminated in the development of an impressive collection which he delighted in sharing with others. He contributed to the advancement of scientific research in lepidoptery, and has had several works published. Later in his life, while actively fighting cancer, he set out to achieve a life-long goal of mastering martial arts. After several years of dedicated practice, he earned his black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. He was also an avid sports fan, particularly of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers. He had a childlike love and appreciation for animals, especially his beloved Siamese cat – DC. 

Alex was kind and caring, beloved by many for his friendly, optimistic disposition. He was a positive influence in many lives. He loved spending time with friends and family – having coffee, watching old movies, and telling jokes.  He was a devout Orthodox Christian with a deep interest in the study of scripture and was devoted to sharing a wealth of knowledge and insight. He was a founding member, board member, Sunday school teacher, altar server, and tonsured reader at St. Sava Orthodox Cathedral in Cambridge, MA. He was also a longtime parishioner of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Boston, MA. He derived great joy from attending services and listening to hymns. 

Alex is preceded in death by his parents, Rada and Bozidar.  He is survived by his wife Ljiljana, his sons Andrej and Danilo, their wives Christine and Anne, his grandchildren Olympia and Sophia, his brother Milan, his nieces Veronica and Melanie, his nephews Jack and Danny, his brother-in-law Mickey, and his sister-in-law Dusanka. 

Funeral services will be held at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 41 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  Viewing will begin at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am.  Burial will immediately follow at St. Xenia Orthodox Church Cemetery in Methuen, Massachusetts. 

Flowers can be sent to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, September 21, 2018 or donations to honor Alexander Grkovich can be made to the Cathedral for the Seminary Student Fund.


# Amy & Vaso Kovijanic 2018-09-20 15:44
Dearest Ljiljana and family,

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of beloved Alex. May your fond memories of him provide you with peace and comfort during this time, and in the future.

With love,
Amy & Vaso Kovijanic
# Danilo Kupcevic 2018-09-20 16:25
Молимо вас да примите наше искрено саучесће у вашем болу поводом смрти вашег тате, господина Александра.
Породица Купчевић Данила

Please accept our sympathy at this sad time. We were shocked to hear that you lost your beloved
Alex. Our thoughts are with you.
With deepest sympathy,
Family Kupcevic Danilo
# Vera Vlajkovic 2018-09-20 16:28
Dear Grkovich family,
Words cannot express our sadness in losing our dear Chika Aliki. He was one-of-a-kind; always full of love, humor, and hope for all to share. We will cherish our many memories of him taking the children to the trains, on butterfly hunts, and even to the White Mountains! Most importantly, we will miss seeing him every Sunday serving in the altar with our children. May God grant him peace, and may his memory be eternal!
Much love,
The Vlajkovic Family
# Jasmina Spector 2018-09-20 17:48
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. My husband, Jon, and I felt that Alex was a very warm and interesting person. A conversation with him always left us feeling
like we learned something and we felt more optimistic about life in general. May his spirit flutter in the sunshine like a most beautiful butterfly!
Much love, Jon & Jasmina Spector
# Zoran Radisic 2018-09-20 19:28
Драги Грковићи, примите наше најискреније саучешће, а нашем чика Алекси, Господ вечни покој да подари!
Породица Радишић
# Јован Станојевић 2018-09-21 12:52
Драга Љиљана,

Желим овим путем да изразим најискреније саучешће вама, вашим синовима и њиховим породицама као и осталој родбини и пријатељима поводом уснућа у Господу вашег супруга Александра, свима нама у Цркви познатог и драгог чика Алкија.

За мене је била велика част што сам имао прилику и благослов да упознам чика Алкија и бићу му заувек захвалан на непосредности, отворености, простодушности и љубави које су му од Бога биле дароване а које је радо и несебично делио са свима нама.

Чика Алки је у себи носио и сведочио радост и светлост Христовог Васкрсења. Молим се за блажени покој његове свете душе и надам се поновном сусрету са њимо о Васкрсењу мртвих које чекамо по Божијој милости и вољи. Молим се Господу да вама и вашој породици подари благословену утеху у овим за вас претешким и преболним данима.

Са поштовањем и љубављу
Протосинђел Јован Станојевић
# Nada & David Sizemor 2018-09-21 13:54
Lilly and family. Our deepest wishes to you all at the loss of Alex. He was was of our original group years ago who helped start St. Sava Boston phase two in 1991. His passion and enthusiasm can never be matched. We will miss him dearly.

We pray for you all to be strong. His suffering is now over

Love to you. Nada and David
# Momir Vrhovac 2018-09-21 17:43
Draga Ljiljo i familija,
Molim vas da primite moje iskreno saučešće, povodom upokojenja vašeg supruga, oca i dede, dragog Alexa.
Momir Vrhovac
# Vera Velickovic 2018-09-21 18:12
Draga familijo Grkovic,
Neumemo recima da izrazimo svoju tugu kad smo saznali za smrt vaseg najdrazeg i naseg dragog Aleksa.
Kao retko ko, u sebi je imao nebrojano blago, prijateljstvo, odanost, postenje, nesebicnost, posvecenost, vernost, ljubav, humor, i jos mnogo vise od toga. Neobicno smo ga voleli i cenili kao i celu vasu familiju. Vas gubutaj je veliki kao i gubitak cele nase zajednice i svih prijatelja. On druge nije imao, imao je samo prijatelje.
Uvek cemo ga secati jer ta slika je neizbrisiva od slike kad cemo ocekivati da se pojavi iz oltata.
Primite nase najiskrenije saucesce.
Vera i Petar Velickovic sa familijom
# Fr. John Bacon 2018-09-21 19:40
To Ljiljana and the family,

I was shocked to hear of Alex's falling asleep in the Lord. I will always remember his kindness, and sense of humor, and big smile. He was a wonderful man.

May his memory be eternal - may his soul dwell with the blessed!

With love in our Risen Lord,

Archpriest John T. and Matushka Elizabeth P. Bacon
# Dragica & Srba Mijai 2018-09-22 09:16
Dear Grkovich family,

Please accept our deepest confidences for your family loss. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dragica and Srba Mijailovic
# Michael Cavic 2018-09-23 14:13
I am so saddened over your loss, I always had the highest respect for your husband, He was 100% involved with the church , When my health permits me to travel I hope to visit with you at the prayers are with you and your family. Michael Cavic
# Regina & Peter Wrigh 2019-02-01 02:09
Dear Ljiljana and Family,
Regina and I send you are heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences on the loss of your Alex. As a teen and young man growing up in Windsor, Alex and I were the best of friends. We shared much time together - playing pond hockey, baseball, camping, socializing with friends, driving in Alex’s Camaro !, school events, A & W, Tiger Baseball games, spending hours together in each other’s home and with family. My memory of Alex is one filled with wonderful experiences shared with a kind, sensitive and caring man who deeply loved you Ljiliana as you did he. Time and distance separated us over the years but our friendship always remained in my heart. I will always treasure the time Alex and I spent as young friends growing up together when we thought our time and fun together would last forever. Thank you Alex for your friendship. Our love to you Ljiliana, your sons and Family. Regina & Peter Wright
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