Nicholas Dabovich, one of the oldest and most respected members of the Servian colony on this coast, a pioneer of California, died at his residence in this city last Thursday evening. He was 85 years old.

Mr. Dabovich came to California in the spring of ‘52 and was one of the first merchants to engage in the wholesale fruit commission business, and carried on large imports from South American ports.

On Sunday a special service was conducted at the late residence of the departed by Father Sebastian. There were also services at the Russian church. The church was crowded with friends of the deceased.

The ceremony opened immediately after the usual Sunday communion liturgy, the choir rendering an impressive chant of the collect for the burial service.

Right Rev. Innocentius, Bishop of Alaska, read the burial service. The Rev. Abbot Sebastian (a nephew of the deceased) preached a sermon in the Servian language, the text being "I would not you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope."

The interment was at the Servian cemetery in San Mateo County.


The San Francisco Call, Tuesday, November 8, 1904, p. 16:3.

Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 2, No. 3, November 1994.