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ABBRUSCI _ Giovanni (John), born September 5, 1929 in Adelfia Canneto, Bari, Italy, passed away May 25, 2006 due to pulmonary fibrosis. Beloved husband to Gemma, his wife of 52 years, cherished father to Joe (Lia), Mary (Sam), Jack (Terry) and Dominic (Louise); dearest Papa to Orlando, Jaclyn, Daniela, Jonathan, John, Nicole, Jason, Anthony, Matthew, Cristian, Tracy, Kelsey and Lindsey. He will also be lovingly missed by his brother Tony (Debbie) in Canada, brother and sisters Stella, Domenico and Lucia in Italy and their families, many nieces, nephews and extended family at home and in Italy. Papa's greatest loves were his wife and family, loving nothing more than having everyone together for BBQ'S - good food, wine and lively "conversation". His generosity and compassion for others is a legacy to us all. Our family will truly miss his presence. Prayers will be offered at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, 2025 Napier St (1 block east of Victoria Drive), Vancouver at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31st, 2006. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 1st, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., Saint Francis of Assisi Parish. Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Garden Mausoleum, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, followed by refreshments at Forest Lawn Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to the B.C. Lung Association, 2675 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4M2. Forest Lawn Funeral Home 604-299-7720
Published in Vancouver Sun and The Province from May 27 to May 29, 2006