Well-known and well-respected Richmond born and bred businessman Milo Ilich has passed away at the age of 80.
Ilich, who was born in 1941 and attended Richmond High, was best known for his work with the Progressive Group for many decades.
According to his obituary, he passed away peacefully at Richmond Hospital on New Year’s Eve.
Milo was the brother of respected businessman, philanthropist and Order of BC recipient Milan, who passed away in 2011, age 76, after a 14-month battle with acute leukemia.
Many tributes were being paid to Milo on community Facebook page, “You Grew Up In Richmond, BC, If You Remember.”
“He definitely was an extraordinary man. He will be missed,” wrote one page member, while another wrote, “Remarkable man, his family must be so very proud.”
His obituary went on to say how, “Milo loved to take care of everyone around him and would always be there to help his friends and family, open his home, lend his tools and toys, and give his advice, which was plentiful.
“While Milo enjoyed fast cars, boats, sports and entertainment as well as the occasional vacation, he was happiest when he could share everyday experiences with others and appreciate the simple pleasures of life like a traditional family dinner or relaxing in the sun.”
Age, apparently, was “just a number to Milo” and he was always “pushing boundaries, having fun and hanging around with friends and family who kept him young.”
Ilich is predeceased by his brothers Milan and Tommy, sisters Rose and Maria, and his twin brother Mirko who passed in the summer of 2021.
He is survived by his siblings Millie, Olga, Danny and Bobby, wife Lorraine, children Lawrence (Stephanie), Wesley, Natalie (Andrew) and Melanie (Michael) as well as grandchildren Desiree, Nicolle, Chantelle, Nathan and Kaitlyn.
A celebration of life will be planned for a later date in 2022.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Cancer Agency and Richmond Hospital Foundation.