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Gilbert M. Fagiani

June 24, 1945April 12, 2018
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Gilbert M. Fagiani was born on June 24, 1945 and passed away on April 12, 2018.

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  • Visitation Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Interment Monday, April 16, 2018
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Philip Vitale

April 19, 2018

I was shocked to hear of the passing of Gil. I'd known Gil since the early 70's and at that time we worked on various community projects in the Bronx. Gil was a highly intelligent and funny man and was always fun to be around. I recall for a time a number of years ago he had an overnight job and sometimes he'd call me in the middle of the night and wake me up because he was bored. Didn't bother me since we'd have a fun conversation full of laughs. I was pleased when he became a writer, a poet, and it was very fitting for a man of his talents. Over the years we'd lost touch and I'm sorry about that. He was a good man. To Maria, I can only offer my condolences. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you'll miss him.

Louisa Calio

April 18, 2018

We were deeply saddened to learn of Gil's passing. He was such a vital part of the life of poetry and the literary arts in New York as well as Italy, Sicily, Canada and we will miss him dearly. I loved reading with him whether for Feile Festa, the Hofstra Poets and Writers Piazza I organized, IAWA and anywhere. He was a gentle man in the best sense of the term as well as a great poet and friend. We enjoyed breaking bread with him and his amazing wife Maria and he will remain in our hearts.

Louisa and Val

Daniela Gioseffi

April 16, 2018

I was very sad to hear of Gil's passing. It touches my heart to remember Gil thanking me for the good reviews I published of his books Blanquito en el Barrio and Grandpa's Wine. I also included his poetry on two of the websites I build as a volunteer, non-profit site for Italian American Writers http://www.italianamericanwriters.com/fagiani.html and the climate justice online anthology https://www.eco-poetry.org/gil-fagiani.html where you can find some of Gil's poetry to enjoy. I remember recommending to Anthony Tamburri that he should published Gil's poetry at Bordighera Press, after Gil came in as a finalist several times in the Annual Bordighera Poetry Prize competition that I founded years ago. I offer my sincere empathy to his family for their profound loss. All one can think of to say at such a time of grief and loss is, "It's better to have lived and loved, than never to have lived and loved at all." But, Gil is gone too soon, and that saddens me, as I'm somewhat older then he was: 77 years and hanging on by threads. All sincere sympathy to his wife and family. Gil was a good man and I'm glad I published him online on my websites, reviewed his books well, and invited him to read at Poets House and other venues with me and others. Thanks Gil, for being you and for your poetry. Rest in peace.

Dominic Calabro

April 15, 2018

Dearest Cousin Maria,
Debbie and I just learned of Gil's passing from Phyllis and are deeply saddened. I know how much he loved you and was loved. He was a truly caring and wonderful man. I always enjoyed our visits. I remember your Mom, Aunt Jean, chiding me and Gil for laughing it up and spending so much enjoyable time together. Although his life was cut short, he lived and loved fully. I will always remember Gil fondly and appreciate all of his kindnesses and how much he loved and cared for you and our family.

Dominic Calabro

April 15, 2018

Dearest Cousin Maria,
Debbie and I just learned of Gil's passing from Phyllis and are deeply saddened. I know how much he loved you and was loved. He was a truly caring and wonderful man. I always enjoyed our visits. I remember your Mom, Aunt Jean, chiding me and Gil for laughing it up and spending so much enjoyable time together. Although his life was cut short, he lived and loved fully. I will always remember Gil fondly and appreciate all of his kindnesses and how much he loved and cared for you and our family.

Nancy Caronia

April 15, 2018

Dearest Maria, Together, you were a force of nature that fought for justice and equality. Your love was always palpable. Gil will be missed by many, but I know that for you it will not be a missing as much as an absence that has been so much a part of who you are and want to be in the world. I send lots of love and hugs at this difficult time. xo Nancy

Robert Savino

April 15, 2018

Dear Maria,

My sincerest sympathy. I can only wish that I would have had more of an opportunity to know the gentle man behind the excellent poet.
As the Italian American Poets of Long Island travel through time with their verse, he will remain in spirit and his voice will be heard, with No Distance Between Us.

Robert Savino
Suffolk County Poet Laureate 2105-2017

Debbie Van Cura

April 14, 2018

Dear Maria,
Words are often difficult in times like this. We are so grateful that we got to know Gil through our book discussions. Although a quiet man, he always had the most thoughtful comments about our readings. He will certainly be missed.
Debbie Van Cura
Greater Astoria Historical Society

Joe BROSTEK

April 14, 2018

Dear Maria.
I am so very sorry for your loss. While I did not personally know Gil, it has certainly been a pleasure to know and collaborate with you. Keep the faith and enjoy your wonderful memories.
Joe Brostek,
Queens Historical Society

FROM THE FAMILY