OBITUARY

ANTONIO DESIENA

Passed away on May 8, 2019

Beloved husband, father, and nonno peacefully passed away on May 8th, 2019 at the age of 92 years. Antonio was predeceased by his loving wife Maria, parents Alberto and Maria Antonia and sister Civita. He is survived by his loving family; children Albert (Milva), Tonia ( Guido): grandchildren Luca ( Nikki ), Dante, Justin, and Matthew, and great grandson Sebastiano Antonio; sisters Rosa ( Dino ), Cristina ( Felice ), Alba ( Rocco ), and brother Vincenzo; many nieces, nephews and friends in Canada, Italy and the USA. Antonio came to Canada in July 1951 to make a better life for himself and in 1958 he married Maria and they started their family. He was an honest and hard worker and was always there to lend a helping hand. Antonio worked for Canadian Pacific Railway for 36 years before retiring in 1987 and started to enjoy a life of leisure which to him was travelling back to Italy 33 times with each trip lasting at least 2-3 months if not longer. He was happy when he was back in his home town of S. Andrea Del Garigliano seeing his family and friends. Family was important to Antonio and he would take any opportunity to have a family gathering which would always take place at his home. He was so happy and overjoyed when he became a grandfather, his grandsons meant the world to him and they loved Nonno immensely but when he was told he was to become a great grandfather that topped everything for him, for his legacy would continue. Antonio loved to tell stories of back in Italy, the war, coming to Canada or working on the railway. If a date or a specific year popped into his head or someone mentioned one, he could tell you exactly what happened on that day and what he was doing. Antonio protected his family during times of war, throughout his lifetime and continued to protect them until his last days. Antonio was the rock of the family and will be deeply missed by everyone. Viewing Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Bell Funeral Chapel 6-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi, 2025 Napier St., Vancouver, B.C., at 1:00 pm. Entombment to follow at Ocean View Burial Park, Abbey Mausoleum in Burnaby, B.C.. In Lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Entombment Thursday, May 16, 2019

Memories

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Flo Trotti

May 20, 2019

Dear Tonia, Guido and family,

We were so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Our sincere condolences to you all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sincerely
Flo and Thomas Trotti
Annunziata Torrelli and family.

Pina Vitaro-Khan

May 14, 2019

Albert, Tonia and extended family members! Our deepest sympathy to you all for the loss of your father, nonno, Zio and brother! Your father was a kind, wonderful person who loved his family! He lived a full, rich life and created so many memories for you all! My heart breaks for your loss and I pray that God gives you strength to get through this trying time! He will be missed by many! You will all be in my prayers 🙏🙏 Pina Vitaro & Family

Rina David

May 14, 2019

Albert, Tonia and Family
We send our heartfelt condolences to the family. And may the memories of your fathers life provide you and your family with the comfort you need during this difficult time.
Rina, Sonia and Luisa

Jessica Newill

May 14, 2019

Zio Albert, Zia Milva, Justin and Matthew, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Remember that Tony's memory lives on in your hearts and through your cherished memories of him. All our love: Jessica, David and Steven.

Franca Marando

May 13, 2019

Tonia Guido Dante Luca Nicky and family sending you our deepest sympathy for the Loss of Father, Grandfather prayers are with the family this time of sorrow love Franca and Joe Marando 🙏🙏

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY