July 2, 1930 – July 6, 2020
VERDICCHIO, Elda (born Bollori) Elda Verdicchio (born Bollori), July 2, 1930 (Arezzo, Italy), passed away peacefully on July 6, 2020. A resident of West Vancouver since 1965 when she and her sons, Pasquale, Alfredo, and Marco, arrived in Canada to join husband Mario (deceased 2002). Originating from the town of Arezzo, Elda was very proud of that city’s heritage, and would often reminisce about her childhood there, and of the city’s history. As an adolescent, she and her family survived the harsh years of WWII. They eventually left Arezzo for Napoli, where Elda would meet her future husband, Mario. The two would marry in 1952. Upon arriving to Canada, the family joined a well-settled and thriving Verdicchio Family, in West Vancouver. Mario joined his brothers as part of the staff at Peppi’s Restaurant, while Elda, an accomplished seamstress and knitter, practiced those skills for private customers, and at Edward Chapman’s, where she established longstanding friendships. Elda is survived by her son Pasquale, daughter-in-law Liesbeth van den Bosch, grandchildren Mara, and Giuliano, and great-grandson Jiustino; son Alfredo, and grandchildren Gabriela, and Teo; son Marco, and grandchildren Melissa, and Natalie. Vigil Prayers will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at 4:30pm at Hollyburn Funeral Home, 1807 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. Please cal l (604-922-1221) to confirm your attendance as the chapel has limited capacity. Interment will be held on July 24th at 2:30 pm at Capilano View Cemetery, 1490 3rd Street, West Vancouver, B.C. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC. Please share a memory of Elda with the family.
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July 23, 2020
My mum, Jean Bell; my son, Matthew; and I were very saddened to learn today of Elda’s passing. Just last week when I was going to my mum’s apartment, I looked up to Elda’s balcony and thought I should go to visit her, as it’s been quite awhile. I’d actually been thinking about her lately and often asked my Mum how she was doing . (Mum is now in hospital, so she had not seen Elda in awhile.) When my son was younger, he always wanted to visit Elda’s, as she always had a big hug and a box of cookies for him. For me, she always had a warm hug and those big, soulful eyes— what she struggled to express in English she communicated with her eyes and with her voice .
Your mum was a lovely soul who was strong, honest, and adored children and her family. We used to talk about our shared experiences with bc and always, she wanted to know how I was doing. My parents used to speak fondly of your parents (my dad, George, who passed away in 2014, was a pallbearer at Mario’s funeral.) My mum always said she was never the same since Mario died; that, I could see in her eyes also.
Tonight, I will light a candle for Elda , remember her smiling eyes fondly, and toast her beautiful soul.
Our sincere condolences to Alberto, Pasquale, Marco , and to your families. Rest gently, sweet Elda. Xo
Jean Bell, Gina Bell, Matthew and John Gibbens