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Born: Oct 26, 1959
Date of Passing: Feb 24, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
October 26, 1959 - February 24, 2022
Giorgio passed away peacefully with a smile on his face after a long and gruelling battle with cancer.
He was blessed with a good life and two extraordinary wives that provided support, care and love. Michelle Barrette, his first wife of 24 years, bore and raised their two beautiful daughters; Melissa (Adam, grandchild Elliott) and Tina (Alex, grandchildren, Cooper and Emma). Giorgio is also survived by his mother Argentina and sister Elizabeth (Lowell), as well as two nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins. He would also have liked to acknowledge the Barrette/Claude family that he stayed in touch with; sisters-in-law, Nicole (Claude), Lynda (Real), Lyne (Benoit), Danielle, Sylvie, Jasmine and brother-in-law Michel. Giorgio was predeceased by his father Antonio, brothers-in-law Yves Jr., Sylvain and in-laws Claudette and Yves Claude.
Following Michelle's death to cancer in 2006, Giorgio met Charlene van Schijndel, dated and fell in love. The two moved in together in 2010 providing Giorgio with an extended family that included Aliea (Paul), Adam (Rachelle, grandchildren, Remy and Alice), sister-in-law Lilian, brother-in-law Phillip (Stacey), in-laws, Charlene and Marcel. With the combined families, weekends at the lake and holidays were always busy.
Giorgio was born and raised in the Montreal area. He attended Centennial Regional High School followed by Champlain and Dawson Colleges. In his teens he was a member of the Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch) Cadet Corps and Reserve where he made some lifelong friendships. He was an excellent marksman winning several team and individual shooting competitions at the Regional and Provincial levels. During this time he also worked part-time on weekends at Sears Brossard where he met Michelle.
After receiving a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1981 Giorgio began working in the Chief Engineer's Office at Canadian Pacific Railway as a Design Draftsman. In 1984 he applied for and got a position as a Lab Technician in CP's Test Department. The Department moved to Winnipeg in 1986 and the family seized the opportunity as an adventure. Happy with the stability, work variation and promotions, Giorgio remained at CP for a 34 year career, retiring at the end of 2014; the same year Charlene and Giorgio found their small slice of lakefront heaven at Gull Lake.
The following year Giorgio returned to work with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada as a Senior Investigator in the Rail Branch. He enjoyed his time at the TSB and would have continued had it not been for the cancer diagnosis. He retired for a second time at the beginning of 2021.
Giorgio and Charlene loved to host BBQs and dinner parties. They enjoyed travelling, especially of the two wheel variety and "sneaking away" for a week or two during the cold months. Winter usually signaled weeks of planning for a motorcycle road trip the following summer. Giorgio was known for his detailed itineraries "The Book" and photo albums after the trips. In the last few years Giorgio and Charlene cherished their time at the lake, enjoying the views, wildlife, gardens and serenity.
Thank you all who enriched Giorgio's life and especially to those involved in his care over the last four years.
In keeping with Giorgio's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. There will also be a service in Brossard, QC at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Giorgio's memory to CancerCare Manitoba or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Friends and family are invited to visit Giorgio's memorial page @interlakecremation.ca where memories and condolences may be shared.
Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 26, 2022
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Tina, Melissa and family, it’s with great sadness that we learnt of your dad’s passing. My wife and I were lucky to have met your dad and mom when we moved from Montreal to Winnipeg. I worked with your dad during my 10 years at the Winnipeg Test Department and we had some great times both at work and when we got together socially outside of work. When we were in Winnipeg you guys were very young so you probably don’t remember us but both your parents helped us in our transition from Montreal to Winnipeg. Giorgio was always fun to be around both at work and outside of work and he sure knew how to have a good time especially at some of those socials and company golf tournaments. In addition he was also so talented with his wonderful pieces of woodwork art. Our sincere condolences to you and the family for your loss. Mario and Francesca - Posted by: Mario Baggio (Colleague at CP) on: Mar 07, 2022
We met Giorgio through the Winnipeg Harley Owners Group ten years ago when he was planning a group bike ride along historic Route 66. This was a life changing event that led to more epic Giorgio bike trips and an accumulation of many more wonderful memories. Giorgio was particularly talented in planning, organizing and leading these road trips, ensuring we were always safe and never missed any of the highlights along each route. Giorgio had a strong passion for life and this was evident in the way he couragiously battled his illness. Giorgio had great compassion for his family and friends and we will always miss his good company and special friendship. Our condolences to Charlene and family for this incredible loss. - Posted by: Terry and Pam Gardiner (friends) on: Feb 26, 2022
Tina and Melissa and all family. Your parents were wonderful joyful loving parents and friends to many. We are so sad to hear of his passing but so happy that he lived his life with joy with his new family. We may be far away from you now but you are always in our thought’s never forgotten. Love to you all Bruna Dana Dylan. - Posted by: Bruna Green (Friend) on: Feb 26, 2022
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