Kasim (known by his friends as Buco) Mujkanovic, aged 71, peacefully departed this life in the early hours of May 9th, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. His valiant three-year battle with Parkinson’s and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) was nothing short of brave and courageous. Kasim had an innate passion for life's beautiful and fun moments, and he was often seen capturing photographs of his loved ones, preserving the memories that he would later recall with a broad smile.
Born in 1951 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kasim tragically lost his mother at a young age, resulting in a challenging childhood in an orphanage. However, this difficult life experience opened his heart, and he consistently sought ways to serve others. He is fondly remembered by all his friends and family as a person with a generous heart and infectious energy, always ready to share a laugh or a joke.
Kasim nurtured a strong passion for music, arts, and sports. He was regularly seen engrossed in his favorite music by Dire Straits, practicing gymnastics, or partaking in physical activities at the local gym. An avid swimmer and enthusiastic hiker, he explored many of the former Yugoslav and Eastern European hiking trails.
Kasim wed his beloved Dragica Mujkanovic in 1977, and they recently celebrated 46 years of marriage. Together, they endured and survived the ethnic war in Bosnia from 1992 to 1996, and they established a new home in Vermont in 1997, fostering a hopeful future for their daughters, Bianka Çimrin and Livija Mujkanovic.
Kasim is survived by his wife Dragica, his daughters, sons-in-law Efe Çimrin and David Tomasi, grandchildren Lucas and Adrian Tomasi, and Banu Çimrin, brother Mirza Mujkanovic, sister Ajsa Zvekic, with husband Meho Zvekic and their children Adis Zvekic and Adisa Zvekic. Sister-In-Law Marinka Zec-Bavrlic, Brother-In-Law Ranko Bavrlic with their son Filip Bavrlic. Families Mujkanovic, Valentic, Zvekic, Radic, Naletina, Najdic, Giovannini-Tomasi, Bozkurt, Watroba, Sinken and numerous cherished friends and their families across the United States and Europe.
"Dad, you are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers every moment of every day. A father like you is a true blessing—always full of smiles, laughter, and noble deeds. No one can replace a father like you. Heaven will indeed be fortunate to have you. Until we meet again... We love you eternally and miss you more than words can express. Thank you for always loving us, supporting us, protecting us, and honoring us."
As per Kasim's wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held. He expressed the desire for his ashes to be returned to his childhood city, and for his loved ones to remember him with smiles, love, and prayers in their hearts. As a way to cherish his memory, we invite friends and family to relive the happy memories they shared with him. Further, we kindly ask those who wish to honor Kasim's legacy to consider making a charitable donation in his name to a Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) research organization. These contributions will aid in the pursuit of a cure for the disease against which he bravely fought.