OBITUARY

Domenico Galati

December 13, 1932November 11, 2021

Born in Vallelonga, Calabria, Italy. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Gina, children Rose, Rachael (Norm) and Tony, granddaughters Talia (Pedro) and Deaven, his sister Mary (Salvatore), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by his father, Antonio (1971) and his mother, Rosa (2006).

Dad was 16 years old when he immigrated to Vancouver with his mother January 1, 1949, finally reuniting with his father after a 15 year separation due to the war and travelling restrictions. As a family they settled in East Vancouver and Dad attended Strathcona Elementary School. He completed 6 years of school (kindergarten to grade 5) in 6 months and after learning the English language decided it was time to get a job. His first job was as a shoe shine boy, downtown Vancouver on Granville Street. Dad moved onto his next job at Hotel Vancouver as a dishwasher, where Max Rippstein took him under his wing and trained Dad as a meat cutter. Dad’s next job was as a trained meat cutter and manager with Serve-U-Supply for over 46 years.

Dad married Gina by proxy in 1956 and had three children and settled in East Vancouver for 28 years. Their first house purchase came with a car! Their next move was to Burnaby where he lived for the next 37 years.

Dad’s favorite past times were attending to his vegetable garden, barbequing, making wine with his brothers-in-law, spending time with family and friends, playing card games with his granddaughters, hosting Sunday family dinners, and taking many road trips to the Oregon coast beaches and Palm Springs. Dad will always be remembered as a humble, compassionate, generous and hospitable man.

SPECIAL THANKS: The family wishes to thank Pastor Walter Patterson of Willingdon Church for being the officiant at the graveside service.

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Rachael Gerardi

November 26, 2021

To a very special man who I was proud to call my uncle Dom. You gave me the best memories when I visited Vancouver and I will cherish them forever. I love you with all my heart and you will never be forgotten. You are now together with my dad, so have a nice glass of wine together. I will miss you always Uncle Dom.

My thoughts and prayers to Aunt Gina, Rose, Rachael & Norm and Tony. Sending love and hugs to everyone.

From Your niece, Rachael Gerardi and family

Tommasina Mele

November 25, 2021

There are no words to describe my Uncle Dom. He truly was the most kind, caring, gentle man on this earth. Growing up we spent every Saturday night, trips to the Oregon Coast, and many holidays together. There was a lot of playing cribbage, rumoli for pennies, and scopa. Uncle Dom was loved by all that knew him. Often someone would drop by on East 3rd Avenue for a shot of Johnny Walker, a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, or all the above. When it was time to go home, there was always a treat. As a kid, we were given a pack of Trident gum, and as adults a bottle of homemade wine. He always asked, "Do you need anything?" As my newest angel, I will be calling on you. I know you won't disappoint.
Until we meet again Uncle Domenic.
With Love,
Tommasina, Franco, Dante and Antonio Mele
P.S. Please give Nanna and Grandpa a big hug and kiss from us.

Doug McRae

November 24, 2021

It’s with a heavy heart our family thinks about the sad news of the passing of Dominic. As stated by everyone who knew him, Dominic was a gentle, kind, caring sole and was a friend to many. Dominic was considered by generations of members of the VFD as a brother, there is no doubt he will be missed. To the Galati Family our sincere condolences.
Rest easy Dom.

Doug and Susan

Ian Monteith

November 24, 2021

CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY DOM WAS A GREAT GUY ALWAYS GOT THE BEST MEAT FROM HIM CHUCK DEARDEN AND I ORDERED A SIDE FROM HIM WHEN IN ONE DAY TO HET MEAT FOR THE FEED AT OLD 2 CHECKED ON OUR SIDE HE TOOK US INTO THE COLLER AND STUCK HIS FINGER IN THE MEAT TURNED AND SAID NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR US AND ORDERED AND OTHER HAD TO WAIT 2 MORE WEEKS UNTIL IT SATIFIED HIM TO SELL TO US HE ALWAYS HAD A DRINK FOR YOPU WHEN YOU WENT IN AT CHRISTMAS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

Mary Lou Kovacs

November 24, 2021

Our sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are sending our love your way. May God give each and everyone of you strength in the days ahead. From your cousins in Toronto, Mary Lou, Annette, Josie, Virginia, Elizabeth and Giuseppina Rizzuto.

John Edgar

November 24, 2021

Was sad to hear of Dominic’s passing. Was fortunate to have worked with Dom at the age of sixteen working at Serve - U prior to joining VFD.The number of personnel he served from the fire department was unbelievable.He always had a smile on his face,and would help you in any way he could.Got a lot of fond memories going back in years. Will miss his birthday luncheons too ! A true GENTLEMEN and a CLASS act. I couldn’t imagine going through life not knowing Dominic !Condolences to the entire family.
R.I.P. My friend.

Sincerely

John Edgar

Mike Tookey

November 24, 2021

Sorry to hear the passing of Domenic, a friend to many in the VFD past. The atmosphere at the store was always comfortable for us junior guys. As Dale noted, a visit to Serve-U to meet Dominic and staff was a must during our training.
My condolences to Tony and Family.

Mike Tookey

Gerry Karsen

November 24, 2021

Saddened to hear of Don’s passing. He was a prince of a man, very kind and generous. Thinking of Dom brings back many fond memories. My condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Dom.

Sincerely,

Gerry Karsen

Glen Miller (Sheik)

November 24, 2021

Thanks for feeding the fire dept for all those years! Truely a great man.

Dale Booth

November 24, 2021

Domenic was a kind wonderful man and a true gentleman. A visit to Serv-U was one of the last things we did during our department training. When you went there for groceries, He always made sure you had everything you needed for the feed. He will undoubtedly be missed.