29 September, 1932 – 12 February, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father and nonno. Survived by his dedicated wife of 62 years, Teresa, sons, Gino (Margot) and Franco (Marina), grandchildren, Alessia, Matteo and Chiara, and extended family here in Canada, in California and in Italy.
Francesco was born in Bitritto, Bari, Italy to parents Luigi and Rosaria. He grew up with his brother and three sisters.
In 1960, he immigrated to Vancouver with his young family. In 1974, they moved to Burnaby where he built the family home. He lived there until his final days.
Honour, duty, decency, dignity, respect, and hard work: these are all qualities that he held in high esteem, practised every day, and expected from others.
He spent most of his lifetime working as a stonemason and marble-setter, the trade he learned working alongside his father, from the age of 13.
Through his work, he left his mark in this province, from the parliament buildings in Victoria, to the clock tower at UBC, including the Vancouver Hotel, the Seawall, multiple homes in the British Properties, and much more.
He was a family man; his wife, children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews were precious to him. He treasured us, and we him. He enjoyed large family gatherings, picnics, “feste”, social events and times spent on The Drive at his favourite coffee bar playing cards with “paesani”. As long as there was good company and good food, there would be good times. He could never resist the opportunity to tell a good joke, “una barzelletta”. He was most often the centre of attention, the ringmaster, the entertainer.
He loved sports. He maintained his Italian passion for soccer and followed it his entire life. After moving to Canada, he quickly became an ice hockey fan, as well. Though he was a loyal Canucks’ fan, his number one team was always the Montreal Canadiens.
Francesco and Teresa enjoyed travelling and have many fond memories from their cruises, and many trips throughout the years.
Seeing his grandchildren grow up is something he cherished. They were his pride and joy.
Though we are grateful for all the time we had with him, and will treasure all of the memories, it is hard to imagine life without the patriarch of our family.
Ci manchi, sarai sempre nei nostri cuori. Grazie di tutto, Papà.
Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
- Heart & Stroke Foundation
- Funeral Mass Thursday, 20 February , 2020
- Entombment Thursday, 20 February , 2020
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20 February 2020
Teresa, Gino, Franco & Family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Franco will be missed so very much, please seek comfort knowing he is in a better place watching over you all.
I'm glad I have so many fond memories to remember him of, which I will hold dear to my heart - the many jokes over Teresa's biscotti and espresso at your kitchen table...
Our love and support,
Gina, Sean, Elsa & Simon, Allen, Ingrid & Isaac
Manlio & Lucia Cupo & family
18 February 2020
To the Lucarelli Family
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences.
18 February 2020
Gino and family
Sorry to hear of your fathers passing
You were a caring son and spoke highly of your father
Time heals but memories will last forever