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POZZOLO, Michele May 8, 1940 - September 16, 2018 We announce with great sadness the passing of Michele Pozzolo. Michele leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Ubalda, his children, Alberto, Monica, and Irene, a vast extended family, and innumerable friends. Michele graduated from Torino University in 1965 and practiced pharmacy in Italy until leaving for Canada in 1978. Michele's savvy business sense and hard-working nature made him an instant success in the local communities he served as a pharmacist in Italy. His pharmacy was bustling, modern, and known for playing the latest music. Michele began planning to immigrate abroad with Ubalda and her sister's family and after some travels and consideration, decided to move to Victoria, where the families opened the well-known Italian Bakery on Quadra St. Being out of his trained industry, Michele embraced learning the new trade and put his business sense to good use once again. He was known around the bakery for his operatic arias, cheerful whistling, and strong opinions, not to mention his endless hours of manual labour rolling bread - he was not one to challenge in an arm wrestle! He worked passionately until his "retirement" in 2000 but could still be found giving pointers or roasting chestnuts, keeping his omnipresence in the bakeries. A true Italian, Michele loved driving, cycling, and soccer, especially his favourite team, Torino. A passionate Mediterranean food lover, Michele's penchant for going big translated into dozens of tomato plants, fields of basil, and the richest fig trees in town. He never did anything halfway. Michele embraced his new country, finding great joy in trapshooting, hunting, fishing, and foraging. He could often be seen with his faithful dog in tow, gun under his arm, at the local Fish and Game club, in his iconic VW van. In 1961, Michele spotted a beautiful blonde sitting on a little wall in Mombresto, Italy. His tenacity, persistence, and charm paid off and he married the love of his life, Ubalda, in 1967. Together they traveled the world, worked for a better community, and raised their little family. The Pozzolo home was a haven. Between hungry teenagers, travellers, and a plethora of his children's love interests it was always warm and bustling. Michele was known for taking people under his wing, whether they liked it or not. His booming voice ensured only the bravest could phone his children, and he was a stickler for manners and respect. The highest honour Michele could bestow you was one of his famous nicknames, some sticking for life. Reliable and dependable, Michele would never leave you hanging. An unforgettable man, Michele was a true force of nature, an incredibly loyal and hardworking man whose family meant the world to him. During Michele's battle with Alzheimer's, he received the greatest care from a fantastic team of doctors and nurses at RJH. A special thanks to Dr. Henri-Bhargava, neurologist and family friend, and the team at 2 South for their unyielding support and attention. Michele was treated in a dignified, respectful, and caring manner by the long-term team and we are forever grateful. A celebration of a big life will be held at Sands Chapel in Victoria on Sunday, November 4th, 2pm. Wear something red in honour of Michele! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Michele's name through the Victoria Conservatory of Music: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/15327. Please specify Music Therapy South 2 in the message box.

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Sep. 22 to Sep. 24, 2018.
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