Luigi Torchia

November 3, 1933January 20, 2021


November 3, 1933 - January 20, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Luigi Torchia.

Luigi was born to Anna and Gabriele Torchia in Amato, Catanzaro, Italy, where at a very early age he began farming his family's land. At the age of 18 he went into the Italian military and became an expert marksman. There he made many friends.

In 1959, Luigi immigrated to Canada to reunite with his fiancée, Giulia, in Kamloops. They were married later that year on September 12th. Soon after, their daughters, Anna and Tina, were born. He was later blessed with four granddaughters, two grandsons and four great-grandchildren. Luigi made a living working at the CP Railroad, Balco Industries, Tranquille School and Ponderosa Lodge. Along the way Luigi made many lifelong friendships.

Luigi and Giulia played an important role in sponsoring numerous family members to immigrate to Canada from Italy to reunite the family.

Luigi's past times included making his delicious homemade wine, along with some good, hot capocollo and sausages, and sharing them with family and friends. His other passion was gardening. He twice received the award for the best vegetable garden presented to him by Mr. Cooper from the Kamloops Garden Club. Dad and Mom were so proud to have won this award.

Luigi was proud to be a member of the Colombo Lodge. There, he dedicated his time to organizing and setting up tables for various events. Luigi and Giulia were supporters of many functions at the Colombo Lodge.

Luigi and Giulia religiously attended Our Lady of Perpetual Church, where Luigi volunteered as an usher at the 8:30 a.m. mass. They were involved with the yearly celebrations of their patron saint of Amato, San Francesco di Paola. As a tradition with this saint, Luigi, along with other members of the church, carried the statue in a procession around the streets of the church.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Giulia, his parents Anna and Gabriele Torchia, his older infant brother Luigi, his sisters and brothers-in-law Carolina and Francesco Lucia, Giuseppina and Francesco Scalise, and also his brother-in-law from Argentina, Giuseppe Scalise. It was a great loss for Luigi when his infant grandson, Adam, passed away.

He was also predeceased by numerous relatives in Italy.

He is survived by his daughters Anna (Nito) Scalise and Tina (Stephan) Rebs, granddaughters, Mariette Scalise, Julie (Martin) Tuba, Antonietta (Peter) Mercuri, Gina Scalise (fiancé Kuda Gwandekwande), grandson, Paul Rebs, and great-grandchildren Giovanna and Nito Mercuri, and Bowen and Paxton Tuba. He is also survived by his loving sisters and brothers-in-law Serafina (Antonio) Spada, Isabella Scalise, Franca (Luigi) Comita, Maria (Mike) Ilic, and his brother and sister-in-law Giuseppe (Lina) Torchia and numerous nephews and nieces. Let us not forget his travelling companions, nephews Dominic (Gina) and Gabe (Concetta) Lucia, whom Dad and mom enjoyed many cruise ship vacations with. Cheers and Salute.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Cattaneo, and the staff on 7 North for taking care of our father.

Due to Covid restrictions, a funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for the immediate family only. However, we do ask those who knew Luigi to keep him and the family in their prayers and remember him for the great wine maker and gardener that he was.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Luigi's honour to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.

We encourage friends and family that cannot attend the service to send condolences, notes and love to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Services 250-374-1454


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Franca Cinel

February 4, 2021

Luigi was a kind and valued member of our Italian community who will be sadly missed. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. From Comare Franca, the Cinel and O'Fee Families.

Chris Ficocelli

February 2, 2021

I wish to express my condolenses for Luigi Torcia. I worked with him at the Tranquille Institution. I found him very easy to relate to and to be a dedicated worker. I wish that I was able to attend the funeral mass.

Chris Ficocelli
2165 Crescent Drive
Kamloops, B. C.

Leah Wilk (Schimpf)

February 2, 2021

Our family is sending our heartfelt condolences to all of you. We have such great memories of both your parents & will cherish those wonderful memories always. I am so happy that i recently (around Christmas) got to have a nice visit with your Dad in Safeway. I also had a nice visit with your Mom & Dad in NuLeaf in early summer.
Our prayers will be with all of you at this time. Sincerely, Leah & Family❤

Brenda Rudy

January 30, 2021

Our deepest condolences to everyone in your dear family. We have so many fond memories of both your dad and mom. Luigi was such a sweet, kind man. We are so honoured to have known them and thankful that they allowed us a little glimpse into their life. Wishing you much love and strength at this time.

Our deepest regards from,
MaryAnn Saskiw and Darren, Brenda, Zac and Mia Rudy

Angelo Marasco

January 30, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Torchia family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From Angelo and Erminia Marasco

Linda Bentz

January 30, 2021

My thoughts and regards go out to Luigi's family. I worked with Luigi at Ponderosa for many years. He was always a pleasant and thoughtfully kind person. A pleasure to work with.

God Bless him!

Fernando Guzzi

January 29, 2021

Sentitissimo cordoglio a tutti i familiari. Una preghiera per la sua anima benedetta. Fernando guzzi zio di Antonietta.

Carmine & Rosina Carpino

January 28, 2021

Dear Anna, Tina and Family,

Sending our most heartfelt condolences. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. 

With Our Deepest Sympathy,
Carmine & Rosina Carpino and Family

Ralph and Maria Vecchio

January 27, 2021

We send our sincerest condolences to Luigi’s entire family. May he Rest In Peace. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Ralph and Maria Vecchio & Family

Vittorio Pagnotta

January 27, 2021

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this time.