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Born: Jan 01, 1932

Date of Passing: Sep 13, 2020

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January 1, 1932 - September 13, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Giovanni Colatruglio on September 13, 2020, at the age of 88.
Giovanni is survived by his loving wife Maria of 64 years, and his three children, Michele (Pam), Rita and Filomena (Rick). He also leaves behind his greatest pride and joy, his eight grandchildren, Amandalina (Tom), Johnny (Cesar), Daniella (Brenden), Marc (Taylar), Marleen (Adam), Sara (Fil) Kristina (Kevin) and Juliana, and his most recent additions to his family are his three great-grandchildren, Mia, Sophia, and Payton.
Giovanni was born January 1, 1932, in San Bartolomeo in Galdo, Italy. At the age of 16 Giovanni left for Belgium to work in the coal mines where he worked hard for three years to save money so he could immigrate to Canada. He returned back to Italy to say goodbye to his family and embarked on a new adventure to Canada in February, 1955. After immigrating to Canada, in July of 1955 he began his 38 year career at CN Rail where he made numerous friends and left a lasting legacy.
Soon after our father began writing to our mother and not long after they decided to get married and they were married by Proxy on September 1, 1956. Maria arrived in Halifax in January of 1957 and our father met his beautiful bride at the port and travelled back to Winnipeg by train together. That was the beginning of their 64 year marriage.
Giovanni and Maria welcomed their son Mike in 1960, followed by their daughter Rita and several years later arrived Filomena. They shared an incredible relationship of strong work ethics and instilling family values as they raised their family, building a solid foundation. They enjoyed weekend day trips in the summer months to the beaches with friends who were like family. They did everything together, from gardening, and wine making, to cooking and raising their children. Giovanni never missed an opportunity to take his family to a gathering. Almost every weekend was spent going to socials, and other celebrations. Giovanni loved to dance with his wife and you could always see him spinning the love of his life across the dance floor.
When Giovanni retired in 1991, it allowed him more time to follow his passion for gardening at his favourite place, "The Farm", where he not only grew vegetables, but he raised chickens, turkeys, pigeons and rabbits. He would also fill his days with daily swims at the Seven Oaks Pool and daily walks to the Garden City Shopping Centre where he would meet his numerous friends.
Giovanni had a strong passion for life and laughter and his smile would always light up a room when he walked in. He was always ready to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.

Riposa in pace !

Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 510 River Ave., Winnipeg, MB, Condolences will be offered at 10:00 a.m., Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Father Sam Argenziano presiding. Due to COVID restriction the Mass will be limited to family only. Live-streaming of the Mass will be made available on the Holy Rosary website Entombment will take place at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, 3990 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.
Our family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff at St. Boniface Pallative Care Unit, who took such wonderful care of Gio, as well as CancerCare Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of your Husband, Father & Grandfather. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Debbie Felicioni (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • Growing up I remember Giovanni as a very friendly man with a big smile. He always made a point of saying hello to me and he was a well known gentleman within our community. He will be missed by many who knew him. My deepest condolences to the Colatruglio family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Big hug - Posted by: Maria rondinone costantino (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! - Posted by: Joe and Jan Colatruglio and Natalina (close family friends) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • To the Colatruglio family, my deep and sincere condolences in the passing of 'Johnny'. We first met this wonderful, warm, close-knit family in 1966, when my mom, (along with myself and my sister Tracy) rented the second floor of 104 Arlington Street. I remember so many great things about your husband and your dad. He had what I would call a 'loud smile'...a boisterous laugh that carried everywhere, throughout the house and yes, up the open staircase! His smiles went from ear to ear. I remember the day he parked his beautiful new 1965 navy blue Pontiac Parisienne out front and how proud he was of that. But, and it was so clear to see, it was his unconditional love for his family, for Maria and his children that made him the proudest of all. God bless you all during this very difficult time. - Posted by: Mark Strople (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2020

  • I can't remember a time in my life when Giovanni wasn't part of it. Giovanni and Maria's strong bond with my parents caused a new generation of friendship. It was inevitable that Michele (Big Mike), Rita, Fil and I would become best of friends. I remember Giovanni always creating laughter. Always the prankster he laughed loudest when he was the victim of a good prank (even when self inflicted). My fondest memory was when my parents celebrated their 25 wedding anniversary. After a long night of dancing, singing and drinking Mom and Dad got home at about 2 a.m. At around 4 or 5 a.m. there was banging and bell ringing at the door. Wouldn't you know it, there was Giovanni serenading with Maria, my cousins Joe and Lilly carrying in coffee and pastries for an early morning breakfast followed by hours of storytelling and laughter. Sei una Buona Anima Giovanni. I love and miss you sir. Keep them laughing up there. - Posted by: Romeo Di Girolamo (Friend ) on: Sep 17, 2020

  • Sending our prayers and heartfelt sympathies to all of you during this very difficult time. May this wonderful man rest and peace and all the beautiful memories fill your hearts. Much love from, The Karpyshin Family (friends of Rita). - Posted by: Giovanni Colatruglio (Friend to Rita) on: Sep 17, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to you Rita, Mrs. Colatruglio, Fil, Mike, and all your beautiful families. A well loved, respected family man who instilled by example, good values , work ethics, Joy, and harmony to his family. His legacy will definitely live on his children and grandchildren. May you find comfort in knowing this, and that our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this very difficult time. Sending many hugs. Sincerely, your friend, Lisa Karpyshin xoxo - Posted by: Giovanni Colatruglio (Friend of Rita) on: Sep 17, 2020

  • When I first met Zio Giovanni in the late 60’s he instantly brought joy in our home with their visit to Montreal. His good & jovial nature led us to take a long train ride with my parents to Winnipeg in 1976 which continued with many more visits together. The beach time, Zia preparing meals for everyone and time spent together will always be cherished in our hearts. We will dearly miss his special soul but we have the strength of family to continue the good times with Zia Maria & all the family. Our condolences to all his family. May he be in a better place with all the ones gone before him. He will bring good times to heaven.🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️ With all our love, Amy & Maurice Conti & family - Posted by: Amy & Maurice Conti (Niece) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • I Like to extend my Condolences to Mike and the Colatruglio Family! God Bless You in these Difficult Times and Always. Rest in Peace Giovanni. - Posted by: Tony Guzzi (Friend of Mike) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • Our sincerest sympathy and condolences. We are deeply saddened to hear of Giovanni's passing, may he now rest. Word's are often so little solace at these times but please take comfort knowing that your family is top of mind and in our thoughts at this difficult time. Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to hold forever. Condoglianze alla tua famiglia, Assunta & Antonio Pietrantuono, Giovanna, Michele and family. - Posted by: Assunta and Antonio Pietrantuono (Family friends ) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • We are saddened to hear of Zio Giovanni passing. He was a hard worker, funny, friendly man, and yes indeed he loved to party and dance, He truly had a zest for Life! That is how I will remember him. He will definitely be missed by all who knew him. To you all my dear cousins Cherish those sweet memories and may they console and comfort you during this difficult time and always! Riposa In Pace Zio Giovanni! - Posted by: Rosa e Rosario Ferlaino (Cousins ) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • We are so sorry for your loss. He was such a great man, he left behind a wonderful and loving family that he cherishes. He will definitely be missed. Love you guys keep strong and may God bless you, love you❤❤❤❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 - Posted by: anna and cal salvaggio (friends) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • Mike and Pam, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. - Posted by: Arlene G. (co-worker/friend ) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • Heart felt sorrow from my family to your's. Very hard to except, but we must remember the good times because those are what will take you through this very hard time. I will always remember your dad and all the good times we had as kids coming to your home, the beach, socials and family gatherings. We still tell stories about those great times. He was definitely a presence. They will be forever embedded in my mind. Your dad was a very passionate man and although we did not stay in touch as we grew older and had families of our own, Diane and I will miss him, just knowing he is no longer with us. He was definitely a presence. God bless your whole family. - Posted by: Lou Felicioni (long time family freind) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • My deepest Sympathy and Condolences. May he Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Tony Del Buono (Friend) on: Sep 16, 2020

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