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On November 6, 2012 Mr. Giovanni Piccolo passed away peacefully with his children by his side in Vancouver at the age of 91 years. He is survived by his daughters Dialma Waite, Sandra (Stig) Lyren, and one son Rob (Maria) along with six beloved grandchildren Christopher (Tiffany), Cristina (Grayson), Stephanie, Stefan, Julianna and Katarina. He also leaves behind his sister Rosetta Bittante of Italy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends who will cherish his memory. Giovanni was predeceased by his loving wife and soul mate Virginia, his beloved daughter Esterina (Joseph) Valentinuzzi, his parents Vincenzo and Rosa Piccolo and brothers Danilo and Ido. Giovanni was born on August 25, 1921 in Maser, Italy. He married the love of his life, his soul mate and best friend, Virginia, on January 8, 1949. They worked side by side on the family farm, but wanting more opportunities for their children they decided to immigrate to Canada. In 1957 they arrived in Kamloops with their three young daughters to begin a new life. In 1966 their son Rob was born and he felt like a young proud dad again. Giovanni's faith sustained him throughout his life, and saying the rosary was a daily routine. His unwavering work ethic, strength and will power were passed along to his children. Although he was not a scholar, he understood the value of education. He always spoke of how incredibly proud he was of his eldest grandchildren for attending University and was excited to see what career paths his youngest grandchildren would choose. He always wanted the best for his family. Giovanni leaves behind a family who will always treasure him and will never forget him. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Leslie Sheldon for his care of dad. We also wish to extend our thanks to all the wonderful nurses, care givers and staff at Villa Carital for their care of our Nonno. Prayers will be recited on Sunday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Father Peter Hoan Nguyen will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the church on Monday, November 12 at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at Sage Valley Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of BC in Giovanni's name
Schoening Funeral Services, Kamloops
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 8, 2012