November 21, 1920 - December 2, 2012 Peacefully at St Mary's hospital in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of Giovanna (Gio) Farini and father of Cinzia (Colin) and adoring grandfather of Alexandra Craig. He was predeceased by brother Marcello (Carla), and survived by brother Pierro (Giovanna). He will be greatly missed by cousins, nephews, nieces and friends too numerous to be mentioned.
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During his career he travelled the world extensively, working in the airline industry in Africa and South America. An athlete in his early days in Rome, he was a lifelong fan of AS Roma football.
Mr. Girelli in his capacity of General Manager Alitalia Canada was one of the founders in 1975 of the AARC, later BAR CANADA. After his retirement Mr. Girelli become the Permanent Secretary and retired from the AARC in 1999 at the age of 80. He was also a long-time member of SKAL.
The family will be receiving condolences Tuesday, December 11th from 1:30 to 2:30 at St. Patrick's Basilica followed by a funeral mass. St. Patrick's Basilica located at 460 Rene Levesque West - H2Z 1A7 . In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation would be appreciated.
A special thanks to Dr. Mathieu Walker and the staff at St Mary's hospital 5th floor south and 8th floor units for their compassion and care.
Published in The Gazette from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2012