October 4, 1925 – December 21, 2018
Giovanni passed away on Friday Dec 21, 2018 in the presence of his loved ones. He was predeceased by his brother Lino 1999, sisters Lina 2004, Maria 2006 and Theresa 2007.
He was born in Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso, Italy to the late Ferdinando and Maria (Stocco). Giovanni sought a better life for his family and immigrated to Canada in 1957. He loved family and friends and the many family gatherings and special occasions celebrated over the years.
Giovanni is survived by his wife, Rina (Ballan) of 69 years; two children, Gino and Franco (Beverly); six grandchildren, David, Leanna (Sennott), Sarah (Lutz), Mark, Bryan and Sean; and seven great grandchildren, Victor, Olivia, Hailey, Jenna, Trevor. Mason and Natalie.
A heartfelt thank you and gratitude to the Doctors and Nursing staff at Mt St Joseph's Hospital who provided care during his final days.
The funeral will take place at on January 4th at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Parish 525 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver, BC with the entombment to follow at 12:45pm at Ocean View Burial Park 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Heart & Stroke Foundation BC or your charity of choice.
- Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
- Catholic Funeral Mass Friday, January 4, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, January 4, 2019
- Reception Friday, January 4, 2019
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January 18, 2019
It is easy to remember that Giovanni lived for family. He was always so happy at family gatherings and celebrations, and there were many.
Giovanni had a great love of gardening and could always be found with his wife Rina, tending his son's gardens, as well as his own. There was always an abundance of vegetables and fruit from the garden to the dinner table. He worked hard for the love of his family.
There was a strong sense of family love and you were made to feel like one of the family, even if you were not.
Giovanni led a long, happy, contented life with his family close at his side at all times. He will be sadly missed.
I, for one, was honoured to have known him, his wife and all his wonderful family.