Celebration of life will be held for Milan Ilich on July 22
A celebration of the life of Richmond philanthropist and developer Milan Ilich has been scheduled for Friday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Rd.
Ilich died June 29 following a 14-month battle with AML Leukemia, a rapidly progressing form of cancer of the blood cells, according to an obituary placed by his family.
"They gave him weeks, he was not ready, so he took 14 months," the obituary reads. "He was a champion to those in need, who not only gave back, but also inspired others to do the same."
Ilich was born Aug. 19, 1934 in Anyox, B.C., but moved to Richmond early on.
"His love for family, and business as well as his commitment to his community was so deep, and complete that no one could convince him that there was anywhere in the world that compared to his beloved home town of Richmond," his obituary reads. "From humble days of pumping gas, and driving a dump truck, Dad was driven to provide and succeed. Business taught him the value of a dollar and forgiveness, and family taught him about love and compassion...and at times patience."
Ilich is survived by his wife Maureen, children Laurie and Rick, five grandchildren, and seven siblings.
In lieu of flowers, the Ilich family had made a request: "The family would appreciate that you take this time of sorrow to follow Milan's example, and to do something good for those in need, by donating to the VGH Hospital Foundation, Leukemia/BMT Program...or by donating blood to the Canadian Blood Services in his memory."