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Born: Mar 26, 1934

Date of Passing: Jul 19, 2020

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It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to our husband, dad, poppa and great-poppa, Salvatore (Sam) Gerbasi, on July 19, 2020.
He is survived by his wife Ellen; daughters, Marisa (Michael), Gina and Tracy (Don); grandchildren, Madison, Katelynn, Jenna (Cody), Nicholas (Jessica), Bradley (Sara) and Kristyn (Roy); great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Bodhi and a new baby in August. Sam is also survived by his sister Muffy, sister-in-law Penny, and many nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his brothers, Frank, Eligio and Vic; sister, Yolanda; sisters-in-law, Jean and Yvette; and brothers-in-law, Angelo and Eddy.
Dad was born in Winnipeg on March 26, 1934, the beloved baby of the family. We have heard many stories of his exploits including getting busted by the cops as a child for selling magazines without a license, hustling pool at his dad's pool hall, and being a yo-yo champ. He had a passion for feeling the wind in his perfect Italian hair in his many convertibles!
Dad met the love of his life through Auntie Muffy. Being too shy to ask Mom out, he got his big sister to call and ask her to go on a date with him. The rest was history. Dad and Mom would have celebrated their 61st anniversary on September 12. Friday nights were Dad's favourite night of the week when the whole family gathered for spaghetti dinner. Spaghetti roll call was taken and if you didn't answer, you'd better have a damn good excuse!
Dad and Mom took us on many road trips with Granny in the back seat. We would drive to Kelowna just to pick peaches. Vancouver, Wisconsin Dells, New Orleans and Salt Lake City were a few of the many places we visited. In later years Dad and Mom would drive to Tucson to see their brother-in-law, Al Macdonald.
Dad loved his sports and spent many hours watching hockey and football. Every Sunday he would call Uncle Al to go over in detail whatever game he just watched. If he wasn't on the phone with Uncle Al then he was on the phone gossiping with his pal Henry Dellapenta and planning their next casino adventure.
Dad was a longtime member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church where he ran the Bingo for many years and made many lifelong friends. He also volunteered at Villa Cabrini calling Bingo, where everyone loved him - especially the women!
We would like to thank Henry and Jo Dellapenta for their friendship and Dr. Albak at Assiniboine Clinic for all the years of care he gave Dad.
A family funeral was held on July 24, 2020, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Sam Argenziano officiating. Entombment was at Assumption Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

God saw him getting tired,
and a cure was not to be
So He put His arms around him and whispered, "Come to Me".
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer,
and saw him slowly fade away,
Although we loved him dearly,
we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to former Councillor Jenny Gerbasi on the passing of Sam. Her niece and I used to work together and it was nice to have a chat with Donald and his wife when they were dining out at the restaurant. - Posted by: Philip Bialk (Bocce player) on: Aug 26, 2021

  • Dear Gina and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember in our childhood your home was a happy one filled with love and laughter that seems to be so much a part of your dad. Somewhere our dads are smiling down on us...Thinking of all of you. - Posted by: Dhiwya (Friend) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He and his lovely wife Ellen were some of the first parishioners to welcome my Mom, Doris and I to Holy Rosary many years ago. I will always remember his big smile, friendly demeanour and kindness. A lovely man, who loved people. To his dear wife Ellen and your family, my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Carol and Doris Martiniuk - Posted by: Carol Martiniuk (Fellow church member) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • Dear Ellen and family, Sam was the kindest man, a heart filled with lovd for those around him. You were both such dear friends to our mom, Virginia (Virgie as you and Sam called her), mom loved you both very much and relished the Sundays she spent with you - Church and after church, always started her week off. I know he will truly be missed by you, your family and his many friends. He left an impression on all our hearts. With Love, Cathy and Doug. - Posted by: Cathy and Doug Olson (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2020

  • To Gina and family I am very sorry for your loss of your Dad. He seemed like a very intersting man. I am sure you got a lot of his traits Gina. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Bev Hansell - Posted by: Beverley Hansell (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2020

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