Hrvoje Peric

Hrvoje Peric

Remembering Hrvoje….


Hrvoje Peric: Friend & Music Director

March 6, 1976 – April 11, 2014



Remembering Hrvoje:

On Easter Sunday the St James choir sang Hrvoje Peric’s setting of the Aaronic Blessing in memory of their former choir director and friend:

“The Lord bless you and keep you…The Lord ‘s face shine upon you…and be gracious unto you…”

Jane Venus, Choir President, writes:

“Hrvoje Peric came to St. James as Music Director in 2009 after the retirement of Wayne Whitney. He worked closely and tirelessly with the choir to bring music to our services. Hrvoje led the choir with his wide music knowledge, patient music leadership and his deep spirituality. He introduced new music in styles that included traditional church music, southern spirituals and modern Christian songs.  Through his leadership the choir enjoyed an atmosphere that challenged them to learn new music and embrace new techniques and styles as well as honouring past traditions and well known pieces.  Hrvoje left St. James to pursue a wonderful career opportunity that offered him the stability he needed to support his young family. While he did not seek this opportunity and expressed regret at leaving friends and supporters behind, he embraced it like all challenges …”



An online tribute page contains contributions from other members of the choir:

“You have been a gift and a blessing in every life you touched …”

“Your gentle, unforgettable spirit will live in our hearts, always …”

“Thank you for sharing your passion for life and music …”

“I learned so much from you, both from your musical leadership and from your devotion to our Lord. And you had a lovely sense of humour!”

As rector of the parish I always enjoyed my discussions with Hrvoje about the role of music in liturgy, whether it was about a specific service or more broadly explored. I will especially remember his jazz renditions of some of the hymns.

Helping Hrvoje’s Family:

This sudden death surprises us all and presents very real and practical challenges for his young family – Natalia and their three sons, Kristjan, Stefen and Davor.

An educational trust fund has been established for Hrvoje’s sons and our parish wants to support that because we knew Hrvoje as a man who loved learning and teaching. If anyone wishes to contribute to that fund, please make your donation payable to St James Anglican church, clearly marking it, “Peric Family Trust Fund”. You may drop your donation in the offering plate on a Sunday or bring/mail it to the church office during the week. Charitable receipts will be available for individual donations. Church groups may also contribute collectively to this fund. We will be collecting contributions until May 31, 2014.


A Suitable Memorial:

We are still discussing what a suitable memorial to Hrvoje would look like here at St James. There have been some suggestions which still need to be explored before we identify a specific option. As soon as we have more details we will let you know.
The Rector and Wardens of St. James



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