Aleksandar “Alex” Karilanovic passed away Friday, December 24, 2010, at Citrus Gardens Health Care Center in Fort Myers, Fl. Born May 20, 1940, in Belgrade (Beograd), capital of the Republic of Serbia in the former Yugoslavia. Alex spent his youth in Serbia and on the Croatian Dalmatian coast. In the late 1950s, Alex and a childhood friend traveled extensively through Europe. Settling in New York City in 1959, Alex created an express delivery business, and “Circa 1900,” his antiques and flea market business of New York, Houston, and Galveston’s Peanut Butter Warehouse.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Dorothy L (McDonald) Karilanovic of Galveston and Estero, numerous family members and friends in the USA and Europe.
Alex was a self-made man of great energy and personal courage, surviving the hardships of World War II during the German occupation, allied bombing, and Communist era. His friends will remember him for his loyalty, insight, honor in keeping his word, and unflagging determination in pursuit of the driving force of his life-personal freedom.
Visitation will be at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston, Thurs, Jan. 13, 5:30-7:30 PM, with a service on Friday, Jan 14, 11:00 AM at St. Constantine and St. Helen Serbian Orthodox Church, 4109 Ave L, Galveston. Burial will follow at the Serbian Orthodox Cemetery in the 2700 block of 61st ST in Galveston.
Contributions in Alex’s name may be made to the Animal Shelter and Adoption Center of Galveston c/o Caroline Dorsett, 6814 Broadway, Galv., 77554; St. Constantine and St. Helen Serbian Orthodox Church new building fund, 4109 Ave L, Galv., 77550; Libbie’s Place, Senior Day Care Program of Galveston’s Moody Memorial Church, 2803 53rd St, Galv., 77551.