February 21, 1924 – April 17, 2020
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.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service for Antonio will be held at a later date
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April 20, 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!
May 5, 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
April 30, 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
April 29, 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
April 28, 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!
Love you and will miss you Zio❤️🙏😇
Anna and John
April 27, 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
April 27, 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
April 27, 2020
Tony will forever share a special place in our hearts.
We loved him.
Sempre nei nostri cuori.
Terry Heather & Mark Rossi 🙏
April 25, 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!
Angelina and Ugo Orizzonte
April 23, 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 .🙏❤
April 23, 2020
My deepest condolences to Zia Maria and all the family
Zio will be so missed . I will forever cherish the memories . The childhood memories of family gatherings , the weekend card games, bocci ball at picnics, the holiday gatherings at your home with sambuca , coffee and zia's amazing holiday baking. This was a tradition that brought all the family together. The legacy that was built here in Canada by 4 brothers and their wive's . Zio was a pillar and our foundation.
One of the more recent memories I will cherish is a trip we took to Palm Springs with my parents as well. Zio waking me up in the morning so we could go pick the grapefruits for breakfast or being his partner in a card game,(boy I heard about it if I dealt the wrong card),bowling or when he laughed at the way I didn't listen to the directions the GPS gave me because I knew a different way back. " Nina your so stubborn , you don't even listen to the lady giving you the directions" He brought that up many times and we laughed.
Zio Antonio I will forever remember . I love you and thank you for all you did and will forever be grateful
Rest in Peace
Photo attached is at an air museum on that PS trip.
April 22, 2020
It has been a number of years since I have seen Maria and Tony. They were such very kind people and it was so nice that Brenda became part of their family. I remember some family gatherings at Brenda and Sandy's where Tony and Maria were a big part of everything. Many times at various places we saw them again. And they always remembered us. The world has lost a very fine person. Our deepest sympathies to Maria, Brenda, Sandy and all the Festa families.
Arleen and Vic Bronson
April 22, 2020
I, remember when I was a small boy, mom and dad would come over to visit Zia Maria & Zio Antonio, Dad would talk about the garden and who had the largest tomato plants, me and my brothers ( Claudio, Marino) would play in the yard, not even 5 minutes of saying hi to Zio, he would pull out the clippers and it was haircut time, if you wanted It or not.
Those memories I will always treasure and remember, Rest in Peace Zio...
April 21, 2020
My dearest Zia Maria and the entire Festa family,
May you find strength during this time of loss, knowing that Zio Tony was a child of God. He was the perfect balance between physical strength and gentle kindness. Zio was loved and admired by all of us, who knew him.
I will always be proud that you were my mentor, uncle and God Father.
I believe God has called you home to plant his heavenly garden, so all can celebrate the best harvest ever!
You will always be in my thoughts and prayers Zio Tony. I love you ...
April 21, 2020
Dear Maria, may our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.