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December 27, 1936 - December 30, 2012
We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Claudio on December 30, 2012, two days after his 76th birthday. He had a massive heart attack while driving home from the Italian Centre. Claudio was born in Tezze D'Arzignano, P. Vicenza, Italy. He was very proud of his Paese and his heritage. Shortly after he arrived in Vancouver in 1957 he met his match: a wee Irish girl who stole his heart and was his dance partner through life. Claudio started his own Landscaping Company and achieved great success but his greatest successes were when his son Tony and daughter Rina arrived. Tony and Leanne gave us two beautiful grandchildren. First T.J. and two years later, Derek, who make us proud every day. They loved their Nonno and had to sit and listen over and over again to his many funny stories of his childhood, which we can all tell by heart. In recent years, Rina and Mauro Pellizzari have also added to the fold, Matteo and Nicole who all live in Italy. Claudio's dream came true when in the summer of 2011, all his family went to Italy for the celebration of Rina and Mauros wedding. In earlier years, Claudio enjoyed his fishing and hunting expeditions with his friends and had many happy stories. Claudio and Kay enjoyed their many many happy fun nights that were spent at Al Ritrovo with the close friends and usually ended up at 2 in the morning at somebody's house for pasta. His biggest passion was his daily visits to Commercial Drive to have a game of cards and an espresso and a wee bit of gossiping or a wee argument with one of his best friends. Many thanks to the first responders at the scene of the accident who were unable to revive Claudio. Also thanks to the staff at Royal Columbian E.R. for their compassionate support. Claudio wished to be cremated and preferred not to have a service and we will respect his wishes. You will be very much missed by all of your family. Riposa in Pace Nonno. We love you.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 4, 2013