Slavko Lepki

November 7, 2016 24 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

February 19, 1967 – November 4, 2016
Slavko passed away peacefully in his home at age 49 from pancreatic cancer. He will be missed by his wife Sylvia (Sava), children Sofia (age 11), Tomas (age 8), and Mark (age 8), parents Josip and Jelena (Rudak), brother Miso, sister-in-law Slavica (Bjeli), nephew Teo, niece Anna, as well as many family and friends who loved him dearly.

Born in his grandparents’ hut atop a hill in the village of Tomašica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Slavko spent his early years in Bosnia and Croatia. He began playing his accordion and singing at weddings and events as a young boy. As Yugoslavia tore apart, Slavko left friends and memories behind in 1992, spending a few months in a refugee camp in Austria where he married his first wife Snezana (Krndija).  Soon he began a new life in Edmonton, Canada, where he completed a telecommunications diploma and journeyman certification, separated with his wife, and helped his parents come to Canada. For over ten years Slavko worked at TELUS, most recently as an engineering technologist.

He continued to share his musical joy and talents on the stage, moving people to dance and sing at hundreds of community celebrations with his band “Haydamaky” and many others. He met Sylvia while working at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, and soon after they married and started a beautiful family. He delighted in his three wonderful children and was an amazing father.

Slavko was proud of his Ukrainian heritage and inspired his children to learn the language, music and culture. He loved good music, good wine, good art, and good friendships. He enjoyed travelling, especially the annual winter trips to tropical destinations and family “Lepkiada” reunions. We will miss Slavko’s quirky sense of humour, entertaining character, musical talents, and above all his good heart.


Prayer Service 
Friday, November 11  7:00PM
St. George Ukrainian Catholic Parish
(11305- 95A Street, Edmonton)

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, November 12  12:00PM
St. George Ukrainian Catholic Parish
(11305- 95A Street, Edmonton)

Following the burial at St. Michael’s Cemetary, all who knew Slavko are welcome to an informal reception at 2:30PM at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex (9615-153 Avenue, Edmonton) for light refreshments and conversation.

Please consider donating to cancer research organizations or the Cross Cancer Institute in lieu of flowers.

  1. Hard to put into words the void that Slavko’s passing brings. Sorry for your loss, just doesn’t seem to cut it.

    Instead, we will remember him with our favourite Slavko quote …

    “So Mark… What are we going to drink?”

    Spoczywaj w pokoju!

    Love, Sabina, Mark, Luke, Aneta and Sonya Herdman

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your beautiful children.

  3. Slavko was, indeed, a good man. Praying that peace and comfort fill your hearts and that you may feel his love enfolding you always.

  4. I am deeply saddened to hear of Slavko’s passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  5. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolences, he will not be forgotten. Your friend Zhanna

  6. Iskreno saucesce porodici. Zaista je Slavko bio divan covjek koji je uvijek bio spreman da podari svakome osmijeh, pozitivnost i lijepu rijec. Hvala ti za sve lijepe trenutke.

    Pocivaj u miru.

    Sincere condolences to the family. Indeed Slavko was a wonderful man who was always ready to give everyone a smile, positivity and kind words. Thank you for all the beautiful moments.

    Rest in peace.

  7. Chère Sylvia, mes pensées t’accompagnent dans cette terrible et douloureuse épreuve. D’après les photos que j’ai vues régulièrement de ta famille, je suis certain que Slavko a apprécié toutes ces belles années avec toi et vos trois enfants.
    Guy F.

  8. You always had a beautiful smile. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. I always enjoyed Slavko’s company. He had a terrific sense of humor and a mischevious twinkle in his eye. I’ll always remeber what an outstanding job he did MC’ing Mark and Sabina’s wedding, it was my first introduction to Slavko and I was LMAO the whole time. My family and I would like to send our deepest sympathies to Sylvia, Sofia, Thomas and Mark and all of Slavko’s family and friends in this heartbreaking time. Slavko will be remebered as a great father and husband and someone who enjoyed the good things in life, family, music and a little vino from time to time. God Bless you all in this difficult time.

  10. Our deepest condolences to you, Sylvia, and your beautiful children. you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Myrosia, Ihor, Sofia and Vera Pecuh.

  11. Dear Sylvia,

    We are so sorry to hear of Slavko’s passing. His picture reminds us of his good humour plus his extraordinary gift of music and his loving sense of family.

    Sincerely, Claire and Milan Vukadinovic

  12. In times of sorrow, may you find relief. In the darkest moment, may you find light. In your weakest point, may you find strength. And in the hardest times, may you find courage to carry on. Slavko was a wonderful man, we will all miss him dearly. Our condolences go out to you and your family during this time. The Strus & Sipe family

  13. Our deepest condolences to you Sylvia to your kids and all the family. He was such a positive person and we are going to miss him. He will be present in our hearts and in our memories forever.
    Vicnaja pamjat
    Natasa, Dalibor, Maksim Angelina Sladakovic

  14. My sincere condolences to you Sylvia and your beautiful kids! I still can’t believe that Slavko passed away. His smile and good heart will be missed! He was an amazing person!

  15. Droga Sylwio!

    Najszczersze kondolencje od nas! Mialam zaszczyt poznac Twojego meza odwiedzajac Susan w Edmonton i rok pozniej podczas slubu w 2007 roku. Musi byc Wam bardzo ciezko. Myslami jestesmy z Wami. Duzo usciskow i buziakow z Wielkiej Brytanii.

    Kasia Reszka Shortt, Stephen & Eva Shortt

  16. Slavko was a very kind gentle man with an amazing sense of humour. He will be missed but never forgotten. Having worked with him for some time at TELUS in the Access Engineering Department, he was hard working and also a pleasure to work with. God Bless.

    Brenda Slykhuis

  17. Slavica, Miso, Teo, Anna / Sylvia, Sofia, Tomas & Mark / Josip & Jelena,
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Slavko’s passing!
    I never had the pleasure of meeting Slavko but Slavica had many wonderful stories to share about him.
    I feel as if I knew him! He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Son, Brother and Friend to all of you!
    He may be gone from your sight but he will never be gone from your hearts. I hope that all of the wonderful memories give you comfort during this extremely difficult time. Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.

    Slavica… your friends at work are here to comfort you in the upcoming months. For all the kindness that you have shown us in the past.. it is now our turn to support and comfort you in the upcoming days.
    Love and Hugs… Gloria xxxooo

  18. Sylvia – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at this time. I trust you will find the strength you need for the days ahead. It has been a tough journey. You will miss Slavko and all he brought to your family. You will have many treasured memories and I hope they will bring you comfort in time. God keep you.

  19. Sylvia – We are so sorry to hear of Slavko’s passing. He will not be forgotten. May God grant you and your beautiful children his peace and comfort at this very difficult time. Know that you are all in our prayers.

  20. Sylvia and family,
    We are saddened and heartbroken at the news of Slavko’s passing. May God wrap His arms of comfort around you and your children at this difficult time.

  21. Our sincere condolences to the whole family.

  22. Dear Sylvia,

    My condolences on the passing of Slavko. You and your family are in my heart and mind.


  23. Sylvia and family,

    So sorry to hear about Slavko. May God and your family and friends comfort you all at this time.

  24. May he rest in peace! Our deepest condolences to the Lepki Family. May find strength and solace in memories of Slavko. We send our prayers to you.

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