UMD Mourns Sudden Passing of Mile Nikolovski – Canadian Macedonian Human Rights Activist

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) mourns the sudden passing of Canadian Macedonian human rights activist, long-time radio producer, and host of the CHIN radio show Makedonski Glas, and co-founder of the Sv. Zlata Meglenska Foundation, Mile Nikolovski, at the age of 80.
May his memory be a blessing!
Бог да го прости!
“It is with great sadness that I’m writing to let you know of the passing of my father, Mihailo Nikolovski. He was an incredibly passionate Macedonian in Canada. A loving husband, father, and dedo that we will dearly miss. He devoted so much of his life to the Macedonian cause,” wrote Nikolovski’s daughter Ivana Venderis in an e-mail to UMD.
“I had the opportunity to meet Mile on several occasions during fundraising initiatives for Sv. Zlata Meglenska Macedonian Orthodox Church in Aegean Macedonia – the first church built after Greece occupied Macedonian lands in 1913 – thanks to Mile’s leadership, and all who helped found the Sv. Zlata Meglenska Foundation, our people have a place to freely worship in Macedonian – Mile was a dedicated and passionate Macedonian, and he will be missed,” said UMD President Metodija A. Koloski.
UMD expresses its sincerest condolences to the entire Nikolovski family.
Photo (shared by the family) below of Mile Nikolovski with Macedonia’s late President Boris Trajkovski and First Lady Wilma Trajkovska during their state visit to Canada over 20 years ago.

Mihailo Nikolovski
(November 12, 1941 – January 16, 2022)

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Mihailo (Mile, Mike) Nikolovski on January 16th, 2022. Mile was a loving and devoted husband to Mara of 49 years, cherished father to Nevena (Tom), Ivana (Peter), Vera (Rade), and Tina (Jason). Caring brother to Luba (Aleksandar) and loving Uncle to Igor (Lidija) and their children, Jana and Aleksandar. He was pre-deceased by his father Vangel and mother Spasa, father-in-law Tasho and survived by his mother-in-law, Velika. Mile was a proud and loving Dedo to Terry, Tasha, Yana, Aleksandra, Mara, and Stefan.

Mile was born in Macedonia in the beautiful lakeside village, Dolno Dupeni in the Prespa region. He was quick on his feet and in mind – playing competitive soccer as a youth and studying law at the University of Sv. Kiril and Metodija in Skopje. He was a dreamer and at 25 years of age, he courageously took a trip across the Atlantic to build a life in Canada. He brought with him his passion for the Macedonian community and helped build the first Macedonian church in Hamilton, Sv. Naum Macedonian Orthodox Church. There, he met his wife Mara and they began building their lives together. He was a natural leader and with hard work, grit, and determination he and his beloved Mara raised a family of four girls and established a printed-circuit board company.

Mile had the biggest heart and a matching personality. His family and friends will always remember the warm twinkle in his eyes and his very kind soul. When gathering with family and friends, you could always count on Mile to help fill the room with his positive energy, laughter, jokes, and engaging political discussions. The family trips to Bobcaygeon are cherished memories. Mile loved fishing and imparted his passion to his daughters and grandchildren. Life on Pigeon Lake was filled with sunsets on the dock, delicious barbeques, and spending quality time with family. Mile also loved going back to his village in Macedonia to reunite with his large extended family and friends.

He was a very proud Macedonian and loved his community. He helped instill a love and pride in Macedonian culture and tradition in his family and all those around him. At his core, he was a human rights activist. He was a charismatic radio host for CHIN radio and Makedonski Glas. The community loved Makedonski Glas for its energetic promotion of the Macedonian cause. He helped organize countless charities and community events filled with Macedonian music and dancing. Mile and Mara, along with dear friends Bill and Christine Ziskoff founded the Sv. Zlata Meglenska Foundation, which helped build a church in Aegean Macedonia.

In retirement, Mile went to St. Dimitrija Solunski Church in Markham almost every day to connect with friends, play chess and discuss politics. He would return home to enjoy the rest of the day with his beloved Mara. Mile’s lively and entertaining conversations around the dinner table with Mara, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren will always be remembered and forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church can be made via cheque or online by clicking HERE.

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