U Montrealu je 13. marta sahranjen dr Dimitrije Pivnički jedan od najistaknutijih srpskih intelektualaca u Kanadi. Dr Dimitrije Pivnički je umro u sredu, 7. marta u svojoj kuci u Notre-Dame-deGrace u svojoj 89. godini. Dimitrije Pivnički je rodjen 12. novembra 1918. godine u Novom Beceju u bivsoj Jugoslaviji.
Posle Drugog svetkog rata i nekoliko godina rada na polju neuropsihijatrije i mentalnih bolesti , dr Pivnicki 1956. godine, prima stipendiju za istrazivacki rad na Institutu “Allen Memorial” odelenja za psihijatriju u bolnici Royal Victoria u Montrealu. Odlucuje da imigrira u Kanadu i sa suprugom Bogdankom i dvoje dece, Milicom i Jovanom ( trece dete Ivana se rodila 1963. u Montrealu) se 1958. godine nastanjuje u jednom od najreprezentativnijih delova Montreala, Marlowe Avenue, gde ostaje do kraja svog zivota.
Dr Pivnički je bio duboko religiozan covek, te je s toga bio veoma aktivan clan u Crkveno skolskoj opstini Srpske pravoslavne crkve Svete Trojice u Montrealu. Po recima prote Živorada Subotića , dr Pivnički je bio “jedan od dvojice doktora cijom zaslugom imamo crkvu SPC Svete Trojice bas u ovom, jednom od najlepsih krajeva Montreala.”
Na dan sahrane 13. marta crkva Svete Trojice, u kojoj je decenijama dr. Pivnički bio predsednik CSO i njen clan, je bila ukrasena sa osam ogromnih buketa belog cveca. Izmedju tih buketa, ispred oltara bio je postavljen kovceg sa pokojnikom. Sluzbu za pokojnog dr Dimitrija Pivnickog je odrzao prota Živorad Subotić uz pratnju glasova troje pojaca i u prepunoj crkvi prijatelja dr Pivničkog. Na kraju sluzbe otac Živorad je procitao saucesce vladike Stotiriusa, mitropolita Grcke pravoslabne crkve u Kanadi i vladike Srpske pravoslavne crkve u Kanadi, Georgija, posle cega se od pokojnika oprostio njegov zet, bivsi kanadski premijer, Brajan Malruni.
Pogrebu su prisustvovali samo clanovi porodice, dok su gosti zamoljeni da pricekaju u prostorijama za prijem crkve Sveta Trojice, gde je nesto kasnije priredjen prijem i rucak. Clanice Kola srpskih sestara su spremile zito, pogacu i obilan posni rucak
Posle minute cutanja i molitve, na samom pocetku rucka, gostima su o dr Pivničkom govorili njegov sin Jovan, zet i unuk Ben, dok je Boba Borojević procitala oprostajno pismo Srpske narodne odbrane u Kanadi, ciji je dugogodisnji pocasni predsednik bio dr Pivnički. Posle govora prikazan je kraci film sa fotografijama iz zivota dr. Dimitrija Pivničkog.
Rucku su prisustvovali svi clanovi porodice dr Pivnickog: deca , unuci, praunuci, zetovi i snaja. S obzirom da je zet, Brajan Malruni muz Milice (Mile) Malruni bio premijer Kanade, ova “proslava lepog i nadasve uspesnog zivota” dr Privnickog je bila i protokolarno organizovana bez greske.
Pored clanova porodice od uglednih gradjana Kanade na politickoj sceni, sluzbi su prisustvovali i senator Marjory LeBreton, drzavni sekretar u vladi Stivena Harpera i nekoliko visokih ministara vlade kao i mnoge licnosti iz politickog i kulturnog zivota Montreala. Premijer Kvebeka, Zan Šare, nije mogao da dodje zbog izborne debate koja je toga dana odrzana u Kvebeku. Sluzbi u crkvi i rucku je prisustvovao i pocasni konzul Republike Srbije u Kanadi, Kalman Samuels.
Vest o smrti dr Pivničkog su objavile skoro sve vece medijske kuce u Kanadi.
Za “Glas Kanadski Srba”
IN MEMORIAM DR. DIMITRIJE PIVNICKI
Dr Dimitrije Pivnicki died on Wednesday, March 7 at his Notre-Dame-deGrace home. He was 89. Dimitrije Pivnicki was born on November 12, 1918, in Novi Becej in the former Yugoslavia. His father had a successful law practice and, in accordance with his family’s wishes, Dr. Pivnicki earned a law degree in 1941. Thereafter, he went to Hungary to pursue the study of medicine. When he returned to Novi Becej at the end of the war, his father had died, his father’s law offices were abandoned and his family’s land had been nationalized by the communists. He was drafted into the army medical corps and worked there for eighteen months. In 1949, he trained as a psychiatrist and completed his medical studies at the University of Belgrade. Upon graduation, the communist party sent him to work for two years at the general hospital of Mostar, a small town in Bosnia Herzegovina, in the internal medicine department. In 1951, he moved to Sarajevo, the provincial capital, to study and practice neuropsychiatry, the study of mental disease through the nervous system.
On September 6, 1952, he married Bogdanka Illic, a registered nurse. Milica, their first child, was born in Sarajevo in 1953. Their son John was born in 1957. Dr. Pivnicki, a member of the Serbian Orthodox church, was a deeply religious man, who had practiced his faith in secret in communist Yugoslavia. In 1956, with a plan to circumvent the strict exit rules and to get his family out of the country, Dr. Pivnicki took a research fellowship position at the Allen Memorial Institute of Psychiatry at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. In 1958, his family immigrated to Canada and joined him in Montreal. In 1961, their third child, Ivana, was born. In 1963, the family moved to their home on Marlowe Avenue in NDG, where Dr. Pivnicki lived the rest of his life. Dr. Pivnicki spent his career at the Allen Memorial Institute, where he became a Senior Psychiatrist. He was also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University.
Dr. Pivnicki was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pivnicki was a beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. In his home on Marlowe Avenue, he entertained professors, philosophers, doctors, politicians and lawyers on an on-going basis for 45 years. He was an intellectual with a deep interest in ancient history, language and theology. In early 1990, Dr. Pivnicki, who had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, was admitted to the Montreal Neurological Institute, where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Dr. Pivnicki recovered and went back to practicing at the Allen Memorial Institute until his retirement in 1996. He continued to write and contribute to medical journals and forums until his death. In Canada, Dr. Pivnicki dedicated much of his time to the Serbian Orthodox Church, of which he was president. He led the fundraising for the purchase of the new Serbian Orthodox Church located on Melville Avenue in Westmount.
Dr. Pivnicki is survived by his wife Boba, his children Mila, John and Ivana, and their spouses, Brian Mulroney (former Canadian Prime Minister), Manuela Soares, and Wayne Carson; by his grandchildren Caroline, Ben, Mark, and Nicolas Mulroney; Dimitri, Anastasia, and Kristina Pivnicki; and Zachary and Katie Carson; and by his great-grandchildren, Lewis, Pierce and Theodora Lapham. The wake was held on Monday, March 12th at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Montreal. The family was joined by 400 people for the funeral that was held at the same location on Tuesday, March 13 at 10am.
**** Serbian National Shield Society of Canada has written the following eulogy, which was read by Boba Borojevic at the reception held after the funeral service:
=== EULOGY AT THE FUNERAL OF DR. DIMITRIJE PIVNICKI
Bereaved family of the late Dr. Dimitrije Pivnicki – Mrs. Bogdanka, children, and grandchildren – relatives and friends. We are gathered today to remember and pay tribute to our late Dr. Pivnicki – a loving family man, a fine gentleman, doctor, professor and patriot – and to celebrate a life well lived. Dr. Pivnicki was proud of his Serbian heritage. He was president emeritus of the Serbian National Shield Society of Canada (Srpska Narodna Odbrana u Kanadi) and a past president of our local Montreal chapter. On behalf of our organization’s membership, please accept our sincere condolences. We are honoured and proud to be able to say that Dr. Pivnicki was one of our members. May he find his repose in God’s heavenly kingdom.
Bora Dragasevic Lofelong President
Aleksandar Pantelic President