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Petar Vidmar, of Danbury, CT, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2024. He was 74 years old.
Born on April 2, 1949 in Zagreb, Croatia, Petar was the son of the late Emil Vidmar and Marija Mundorfer, and the younger brother of his late sister Janja Vojnovic. Petar is survived by his children Petra, Ashley, and Gregor, and his grandchildren Kevin, Briana, Landon, Caleb, Luka, and one on the way. He is also survived by his sisters Ivana Novak and Marija Dangubic along with his loving nieces and nephews, Ira Beck, Bruno Vojnovic, Doris Novak, and Dario Dangubic. His friends and family in Croatia loved him dearly, and they spoke with him daily.
Petar's love of soccer is what brought him to the United States in 1973, where he played for a first division team in California. Petar's love for soccer was only overshadowed by his immense love for his children and grandchildren.
Petra, his oldest daughter, was named after him, and she was his personal nurse until the day he passed. Known for his stubbornness, Petar would refuse to go to the hospital when he cut himself at work, so Petra would have to stitch him up at home. Petra made it possible to carry out Petar's wishes to spend his last days in his home. She peacefully guided him in his final moments here on earth. Petra will miss his daily phone calls that started with "Hi, Medo" or "Teddy Bear" in Croatian. One of Petar's final acts was to teach Petra how to make Keks Torta, so Petra could carry on the family tradition.
His middle daughter, Ashley, spent more time at his house than her own. She had dinner with him almost every night, and she was his Covid companion. They enjoyed spending time watching trashy reality T.V. and of course CNN, which he almost always had on in the background. The two also bonded over their love for soccer. It was Petar who made Ashley so passionate about the sport. Watching Croatia play won't be the same without him. Ashley started every single day with a phone call to her dad, and she will miss hearing his voice, and of course, hearing the same story over and over again.
Petar's son, Gregor, was his pride and joy. Gregor followed in his father's footsteps in his love for travel. The two had become quite the pair when it came to their love of all of the Walt Disney World parks. Petar was no stranger to hard work, and Greg credits his successes to his father's example. Gregor gave Petar one of his bonus daughters in his wife, Jenna. Jenna loved Petar like her own father, and her greatest passion was to make Petar laugh. She had an excellent talent for pranking Petar, and he loved a good prank more than anyone.
Kevin is Petar's oldest grandson. One of Petar’s favorite activities was watching Kevin play basketball. As Petar would put it: "This is my social life." Petar would plan well in advance for each of Kevin's games, and he would show all of his customers Kevin's game highlights. Petar was more than a grandfather to Kevin; he was a wonderful father figure who showed up for Kevin at every important event.
Briana, or as Petar called her "my Bubsie," was his guardian angel. When Petar fell off a ladder at work (he was very shaken but luckily uninjured), Briana sat by his bed for hours just to talk. When Petar was sick, "his Bubsie" became her mom's partner in his care, and Petar often directed Petra to do something the way that "his Bubsie" would do it. She was his favorite caretaker, and the rest of her family will forever be grateful.
Petar leaves behind his youngest grandsons Landon, Caleb, and Luka. Anyone and everyone would be subjected to mountains of pictures and videos of his favorite toddlers. While he will never get to meet his grandson on the way, he will live on in his middle name.
Petar and his ex-wife, Dubravka, remained friends with a deep love for each other until the end. Dubravka is proud of the wonderful father he was to their children. Dubravka and her twin sister, Jasenka, helped Petar as he transitioned to the other side, and for that, Petar’s children will forever be grateful. Jasenka also gave Petar his second bonus daughter in her daughter, Zoe. Petar was a father figure to many, and that included Zoe. Zoe loved him dearly and will miss the fun Vidmar family vacation antics.
Before he passed, many of Petar's customers, neighbors, and friends called, texted, or came to visit. Petar touched the lives of so many people. To each of you, we thank you for sharing how much you loved him.
Petar leaves behind his two dogs Lilly and Mimi whom he loved dearly.
Petar was a superhero to his family. He would drop everything the moment any of us called. Petar's passing will leave an immeasurable hole in our hearts.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday January 26, 2024 at 10:30am at St. Peter's Church, 104 Main Street, Danbury. A private cremation will be held prior to the services.
The family will host a reception directly after the mass. The family will receive friends until 5 for those who can not attend the mass or lunch reception.
Petar loved cooking and hosting Sunday dinner for his family, so we ask that in lieu of flowers or donations, you enjoy a Sunday dinner with your family in his honor.