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Born: Oct 01, 1925

Date of Passing: Mar 21, 2021

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1925 - 2021

Born October 1, 1925 in Grimaldi, Italy, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2021 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father. Reunited with his wife Lidia in Heaven. He is survived by his son Agostino (Johanna); daughter Elvira (David); grandchildren, Jim, Leah, Joseph, Leathia, Julia, Gabriel; and great-grandchildren, Nia and Tristan.
Our father arrived in Canada in 1951 and was joined by his wife Lidia and young son Agostino in 1953. In 1955 they had their daughter Elvira.
Papa, was a tireless worker for his family. He initially worked on the railway for the CNR, then on to Bryce's Bakery. With the support of his wife, he started other businesses. The first was metal recycling, then grocery store, hairdressing salon and lastly Artistic Ornamental Iron Works which he operated for 28 years and then retired.
Papa and Mom enjoyed their cottage at West Hawk Lake and their winter home in Arizona.
We thank Dr. Chung for taking great care of our father along with the staff at Simkin 1, North.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated with Fr. Mark A. Tarrant as the Celebrant on Friday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. Those that wish, may join a Live Stream Broadcast of the service at:

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Gus - So sorry to hear of your loss. Dave Saunders - Posted by: David Saunders (Friend) on: Mar 29, 2021

  • Elvira, Agostino and families, Our deepest condolences are with you. We have so many fond memories as kids spending special times with your family together. God bless you all Pat, Chris & Dina Colistro - Posted by: Pat Vergata (Family friends ) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • Gus, Liz and I offer our sincere condolences on your father's passing. We know he was much loved by your family and he accomplished many things in his life. May your memories bring you consolation and peace. - Posted by: John Rislahti (Friend) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • Hello dear Augi & Elvira... our families were next door neighbours & great friends for so many years. We, like you, lived behind our store. There was a loving bond between our two families. I watched you & Elvira grow up from the time I was a young teenager. Elvira loved our family dog. Your mum did my hair for my wedding. Actually she did my hair all the time & she gave Ryan his first haircut when your folks lived on Gonville. I remember singing with my siblings at Elvira & Dave's wedding & giving the toast to the groom at Augi's wedding. I have a beautiful tablecloth Lidia gave me. I loved listening to Joe play his concertina. I admired his iron work. My parents visited your folks in Arizona & stayed at your family cottage in the Whiteshell. The Kozub & Fiorino families supported one another through good times & stressful times. I think of you often & especially now at this time of sadness. Love....Karin - Posted by: Karin Woods (Friend & neighbour) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • Dear Gus and Elvira, we are very saddened for your loss. In 1978 my family moved to Canada, and your Dad and Mom helped us to settle in our new country. I remember fondly Joseph's storytelling with my Dad and Lidia's kindness with my Mom. I can just envision your Parents and my Dad reunited in Heaven, chatting about the old times. A big hug from my Mom Edda, my sisters Chiara and Lucia, and from Monica, Francesca and the rest of the family. - Posted by: Gianluca Buelloni (long time friend) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • Hi Gus and Familia, we're very sorry about the loss of your father. Our sincere condolences. Mike and Claudia  - Posted by: Mike (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2021

  • Dear Gus and Elvira There are so many wonderful memories of your dad and your whole family for me. Back in the the day family was what mattered most and we spent every occasion, or event, or any reason to be together. Our families didn’t have much back then but they had each other. When I look back at photos and see how they celebrated life, those are my fondest memories of your dad and all of our families! RIP uncle Joe, knowing that you are with the rest of your family brings comfort. Prayers are with you Elvira, Gus and family! Love you - Posted by: Maria Richichi (Niece) on: Mar 25, 2021

  • Dear Elvira, Gus & Family We are saddened to hear the loss of our dearest Uncle Joe, and at the same time thinking how happy he is that he has reunited with his long-lost family and friends. He was a man of wisdom and a natural-born storyteller. We will deeply miss him and remember him always. Love Anna, Mike & Natalie Manicotto - Posted by: Anna Manicotto (Niece) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you all!!! A Great Man who lived an incredibly great Life and The Stories to prove it. One of the smartest people I’ve ever met who taught me so so much. I can still remember vividly waiting outside at the gate of my parents on Wilton to get picked up to go to the lake with Zio Peppino and Tony (the dog), all excited with my mom yelling from the door (in Italian) make sure you listen to Zio Peppino, I told him to give you Palatte if you don’t. And ending with Di Raccomando la Chiesa di Roma!!!! You will be missed Uncle Joe but the world is a better place because of you and now so is Heaven!! Your nephew Agostino Richichi - Posted by: Agostino Richichi (Nephew) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Dear Agostino, Elvira and your families. Sincerest condolences on the loss of Zio Joe. Keep the beautiful memories of his life close to your hearts and take comfort in knowing that he is now with Zia Lidia and The Lord. God Bless you all, love your cousins Vincenza and Tony Presta. - Posted by: Vincenza Presta (Cousin) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Dear Elivra and Gus, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. Rosa Militano - Posted by: Rosa Militano (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Gus, my condolences on the passing of your father. When I was visiting Frank at Caddy Lake, I still remember fondly the time you took us to your cottage at West Hawk Lake. I was amazed the rail/tram your father had to haul groceries from the lower lake up to the cottage, instead of trying to haul them up the steps. We met a few times when your son played hockey at Fort Richmond Community Centre and I was coaching at SJR. It takes quite a person to leave your home country to strike out for a new beginning in a foreign land and bring a family shortly after. - Posted by: Colin Dederick (School friend) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Dear Elvira, Agostino and families, Sincere sympathy for the loss of your Dad. Know that the Carvelli family is thinking of you and your loved ones at this very sad time. Many, many wonderful memories of days gone by when we were all together. God Bless. Love from Geri Carvelli and Luigi, Billy and Carla. - Posted by: Geraldine Carvelli (Long-time Friend) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • In 1953 in the month of January, Lidia and Agostino were on the same ship immigrating to Canada with my Mother Iolanda and myself. There was terror on the ocean passage and the excitement of seeing our families in Winnipeg. Your mother Lidia and my mother stayed friends forever, being her hairdresser for years as well doing my wedding day. On the 50th Anniversary of our Canadian immigration, we celebrated with Agostino and the Macario’s that had made the crossing, recalling stories and memories of our shared experiences. My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your dear father, my prayers are with you all. Luisa Di Nicola - Posted by: Luisa Di Nicola, Maiden name Macario (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Hi Gus and Johanna, I was so sorry to see the passing of your father. In the few times I met him he seemed to be a kind and gentle soul. The one thing I will always remember is that he was a referee for the wrestling matches at the Arena. It seemed like such an odd thing to do but he was the perfect person to control the behemoths in the ring. I'm sure he likely refereed matches that Cory and I went to and they were always enjoyable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Lloyd Searcy (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • My family, the Carbone’s, have fond memories of Cumpari Joe and his family. My father and Cumpari Joe were childhood friends in San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy. The friendship was sustained in Canada. Vivid are our memories of numerous social gatherings that were so important in creating a sense of tranquility in a new environment that was Canada. My wife Anna and I wish to express our condolences to Elvira, Agostino and their families. Be well my friends. - Posted by: Stan Carbone (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2021

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