OBITUARY

Antonio Festa

21 February, 192417 April, 2020
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Antonio Festa was born on February 21, 1924 in Mercogliano, Avellino, Italy and passed away peacefully in Calgary on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the tender age of 96 years.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 69 years, Maria, sons Michael (Sandra) and Alesandro (Brenda). He was predeceased by his daughter Tina and son in law Giuseppe, his parents Michael and Constantina Festa, as well as his 13 brothers and sisters and great grandchild Matteo. He also leaves behind grandchildren Damien (Dali), Carla (Kent), Adam (Meghann), Natasha, Lucas, Cassandra, Jessica and Tony. Also great grandchildren Domenic, Heath, Marcus and Mila.

Antonio immigrated to Canada in 1953 and worked for the railway in Creston, BC for six months and then found employment at the Galloway, BC sawmill. His wife joined him 13 months after his arrival in Canada along with his daughter Tina and son Michael. In 1957 his son Alesandro was born. In 1958 the family moved to Calgary where he was employed with Borger Construction, which later became Standard General. He retired from Standard General in 1984 after 25 years of service.

Antonio’s passion was family, gardening, and making his traditional wine. He loved family get togethers and especially playing cards, bocce, and fishing with his brothers.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service for Antonio will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the charity of choice.

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  • Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service for Antonio will be held at a later date

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Tony Iandolo

20 April 2021

Dearest Zio Tony,

A day does not go by that I don't think of you! You were a perfect combination of strength, moral character, religious faith, kindness and love.... a role model for all of us, who knew you.

My fondest memory growing up was Saturday night family get togethers at your home. All the zia's would socialize and make food and coffee. All the zio's would play bocce and cards and us kids would play football at the park and go crazy from the sure excitement of being together as an extended family for a few hours. Those were truly wonderful times!

You and Zia Maria defined what "FAMILY" should be and how important it is to "be good and do good". Thank you for being great teachers.

I'm sure you are tending to the Lord's garden, helping prepare for the next family get together or FESTA! Say hello to all your family Love you Always and Forever!

Gina Slimmon

5 May 2020

Zia Maria and family,
I have spent the last 2 1/2 weeks thinking of this huge loss to our family and all the lives this wonderful man has touched. It is amazing to hear the memories, tributes and respect expressed from four generations of admirers. It warms my heart to see the impact and love one man has created. We will miss you, Zio Tonio but will always hold you close to our hearts.
Love Gina, Steve, Alyssa, Natalie and Katie

Gino Limongiello

30 April 2020

Our deepest condolences, he was a wonderful caring man that will be sadly missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Take care and love you all.

Gino, Natasha & Olivia

Elizabeth Hill

29 April 2020

Dear Mike, Sandra, and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing.  It sounds like he lived a long, amazing life and you were all a big part of that life.  We are sending our prayers and thoughts your way.  God bless. 
Brian and Liz Hill

Anna LeGrow

28 April 2020

Dear Zia, Mike, Sandy and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and know that we love you all and wish we could give you big hugs!
Zio Tonio with his sparkling blue eyes, his smile, his teasing (especially teasing John with his beard), the love shown between Zia and Zio will be dearly missed! I will always treasure the moments we’ve had during Christmas and Easter visiting after church with Zia’s wonderful spread of baking, our conversations and a shot of liquor with Zio Tonio sitting in his favourite place, my Dad, and Zio Gerry and the family surrounding Zio!
Salute 🍸!
Love you and will miss you Zio❤️🙏😇
Anna and John

Lucy Hungle

27 April 2020

Zia Maria and Family.
We will always remember Zio Tonio’s wonderful laugh, warm heart, strong hugs, and most of all his love. Heaven has gained another angel to watch over us.
Please know that we are here for you.
♥ Love Lucy, Dave & Alexandra

Viktoria and Marcello Orizzonte

27 April 2020

Zio Tony and Family,

Zio, your love for the entire family was evident in everything you ever did and said. We will forever remember your smile, laugh, and your dedication to all. The Festa brothers and the Zia's have created a legacy that we are all so thankful for, will cherish and remember forever. We have big shoes to fill, but we will carry on all those lovely traditions that you and your loved ones have created for us and future generations to come.

To the entire family - this is a difficult time for so many reasons, but especially because we are unable to be together to mourn and celebrate Zio's life. Never did anyone think that during these difficult times, we would be unable to console one another through this great sadness. Just know in your hearts that although we are not physically present at Zio's funeral, we are in every way present in thought and our grief.

Big hugs to everyone, near and far, during this difficult time.

Salute Zio! Thank you for sharing your life with us - we are honored. We love you.

Terry and Heather Rossi

27 April 2020

Tony will forever share a special place in our hearts.
We loved him.
Sempre nei nostri cuori.
Terry Heather & Mark Rossi 🙏

Brenda Festa

25 April 2020

I am at a great loss with losing my father (in-law). 45 years ago I was welcomed into this family with loving arms. It was never a question of me being an in-law, I was just part of this loving family. When my own parents passed away mom and dad opened their arms and filled any void that I might be feeling showing me love and kindness.
Thank you for you kindness,support & love all the while being so humble.
You are so deserving of a special place in Heaven and will be greatly missed Dad. Love you always, until we meet again!
Brenda XO

Angelina and Ugo Orizzonte

23 April 2020

Dear zia , cousins, and family members close to zio, we share your pain in having lost zio. We can only offer our thoughts and prayers on your behalf. We can only send our heartfelt sympathy to you, zia Maria,to you Mike and Sadro, and to all your beautiful children and grandchildren. We loved zio and we will miss him, but we will never forget him. May zio Tony find everlasting peace in God's loving arms .🙏❤