September 25, 1924 – May 24, 2019
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, Nono and Great Nono. Michael—Mike was born in Civitanova Del Sannio, Italy and immigrated to Canada at the age of 13. He is pre-deceased by his adoring wife of 63 years, Josephine, and brothers Peter (Doreen) and John, and brother-in-law Domenic (Ann). Survived by his loving family: daughter Gloria (Ross), sons Joe (Robin) and Anthony (Elaine), grandchildren Michael (Cara), Keith (Christina), Lorinda (Bryan), Delaney and Quincy, great grandchildren Ethan and Lara, his sister-in-law Diane and bother in-law Joe (Mary) Lastoria. Mike was a barber on Hastings Street in Vancouver and Burnaby for over three decades where he loved talking to people and debating politics. He was always very personable, friendly and had a great deal of empathy for people and animals . He told stories of tending to his family’s livestock in Italy .Mike took on a lot of responsibility at a very young age as his father emigrated to Canada. His second day in Canada he started shining shoes in downtown Vancouver. His next job was at the Hotel Vancouver eventually moving up the ranks to a pastry chef position (loved making pies). After that it was the Roundhouse (railway terminal) as a Blacksmith. Later, during the war effort, he worked at the shipyard building mine sweeper ships. He was always an avid vegetable gardener, took great pride in the quantity and quality of the tomatoes he and mom grew. During the last number of years, he lived independently at Rideau Manor where he made many friends with both residents and staff. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his fellow residents. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the staff at Rideau Manor as well as all the nurses and doctors who attended to him during his final days at Vancouver General Hospital. A visitation will be held on Thursday June 6th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bell and Burnaby Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial, will be Celebrated on Friday Jun 7th, 10:00 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 2025 Napier St., Vancouver after which there will be a reception. Entombment Ocean View South Mausoleum Donations may made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Condolences for the family may be left at www.bellburnaby.com
Apprendiamo con tristezza la scomparsa di Dominic Di Frisco, grande rappresentante dei diritti civili nella comunita’ di Chicago. “Avevo avuto modo di incontrarlo a Chicago, con lui discutavamo di come risolvere il caso degli attacchi e minacce da parte di gruppi radical chic, e la volonta’ da parte dell’ amministrazione della citta’ di Chicago per cambiare il nome alla Balbo Drive e di spostare il monumento dedicato ad Italo Balbo, nonche’ ai vari tentativi di cancellare il Columbus Day.
Un uomo preparato, colto, attento e battagliero per le problematiche che riguardavano la comunita’ italo americana di Chicago.
Dominic Di Frisco di origini siciliane lascera’ un grande vuoto nella comunita’ a Chicago e non solo! Alla sua Famiglia a nome mio e del Comitato Tricolore per gli Italiani nel Mondo (CTIM) vanno le nostre piu’ sentite condoglianze!
With heavy hearts we announce that Giuseppina Casellato passed away peacefully at Crossroads Hospice in Port Moody on February 21, 2019 at the age of 83. Giuseppina was predeceased by her parents, her brother and her sister, and her husband Les Casellato. She is lovingly remembered by her children Shelly (Tony), Roger (Dolly), Denny (Veralena); grandchildren Massimo (Annie), Monica, Nikki (Chase), Matteo, Chiara, Luca and Andrew; great-grandchildren Vincenzo and Santino; one sister, two brothers and many nieces and nephews in Italy. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday February 28, 2019 at 10:00am at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 3141 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam, BC.