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Born: Aug 08, 1933
Date of Passing: Jun 20, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
August 8, 1933 June 20, 2022
Peacefully, after a short but brave battle with cancer, Vince passed away just shy of his 89th birthday, with his family by his side.
Vince leaves to cherish his memory, his sons, Agostino, Robert (Franca) and Mark (Reghan) and their mother, Giuseppa Scaletta as well as his treasured granddaughters, Paige, Sam and Alba. He will also be greatly missed by his siblings, Angela Porco, Maria (Alfred) Maida, Salvatore (Carla) Scaletta, Giuseppe (Diane) Scaletta, Anna (John) Scaletta-Moibrook and sister-in-law Salvatora Scaletta as well as 19 nieces and nephews and their families. Vince had many close friends who will miss him, and especially his good friend Wilma. Vince was predeceased by his sister Giuseppa (Bill) Martin, brother Ignazio, brother-in-law Francesco Porco and two infant siblings .
Vince was born in the town of Termini Immerse, Sicily. He and his family immigrated to Canada in 1951 when he was 17 years old. They settled in Winnipeg and in 1969 Vince moved his family to Brandon, MB, where he opened a grocery store on Queens Avenue East. A few years later he worked for his brother Iganzio at Scaletta Marble & Tile as one of Brandon's finest tile setters. In the early 1980s he worked at the base at CFB Shilo in the carpentry shop where he ended up retiring in 1990. He eventually moved back to Winnipeg where he was closer to his granddaughters. He spent many hours with them, watching their soccer games, and helping to tend the garden. Vince was also an excellent lawn bowler, representing the Province of Manitoba many times at the National Championships. This was a sport that allowed Vince to make so many friends, most importantly Morris and Cecile, and Wilma.
The most important thing to Vince was his family. His sons and his granddaughters were his pride and joy. One of his favourite pastimes was playing Italian cards with his brothers, but only when he was winning! Uncle Joe may now "burn the cards" as Vince is now always going to be up. A close second was his love of gardening, and sharing the bounty of his garden with his family and friends and neighbours. His family and friends were often the beneficiary of his fresh produce and the products of the garden, specifically his homemade pizza and sauce!
Our family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the family and friends who have provided support and company to Vince over the last few months since his diagnosis and well before that. We are extremely grateful to Uncle Joe and Auntie Diane for coming from Victoria to stay with Vince for the last few weeks. We also want to thank Vince's neighbours, Roger, Denise and Christian who helped look after Vince and his yard over the last few months. We also wish to thank the medical support team from CancerCare Manitoba, and the Palliative Care team for their guidance through this difficult time.
Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 510 River Avenue. Rev. Father Sam Argenziano celebrant. Private Entombment will follow at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Hwy. 1 East at Navin Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, or Bowls Manitoba, 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6 (e-transfer to email@example.com), or please plant some flowers to enjoy and think of Vince.
A poem written by Vince's granddaughter Sam
To Vincenzo Scaletta
How are you doing?
I heard you went back to the hospital
I wish you didn't
I wish you weren't even sick
But that's just life, I guess
I know I'm losing my time with you
I wish I weren't
There's still so much that needs to happen
So many stories that may be lost
To the fate of time
Stories about when my dad was a kid
Stories from when you were a kid
Stories about Sicily
They're gripping on to not fall into the hands of the unknown
These are stories that need to be shared
With my sister and I
With our cousins
With our family
Our family who isn't here yet
These are stories of the Scaletta name
We can't lose them
To the hands of time
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 21, 2022
Condolences & Memories (12 entries)
On behalf of our Mother Lucrezia Bumbolo we wish to extend our sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your father. May his memories live on in your hearts!! - Posted by: Connie Cipolla (Friend ) on: Jun 23, 2022
My deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences are with your family, Sonia Long - Posted by: Sonia long (Friend) on: Jun 22, 2022
Jack wrote this about Uncle Vince: "The world has lost a great person today. My great uncle Vince has passed away from complications due to a rare and highly deadly type of lymphoma. He was 88 years old. Vince was a great man I'm very happy to have to met. His smile, great stories and sense of humor always brightened the room. I didn't get to meet him until earlier this year, and I'm forever thankful that I did. In the short time I got to meet him, I could see that he was a great person in every aspect. The only regret I have is that I wasn't able to meet him earlier in my life, and I wasn't able to get to know him better. Vince, we will all miss you, but we know you're in a better place now. Rest easy ♥️" I'm so grateful that Jack and Natalie got to meet Uncle Vince. I'm sorry we won't be there with everyone tomorrow to say goodbye. I will miss Uncle Vince's humor, kind smile, gardening and cooking know-how, and generous spirit. He was in fine form when we saw him in March. I'll never forget him telling funny stories at the dinner table and how much joy that brought to my kids. Love, Gina & family - Posted by: The Safranyik's (Neice) on: Jun 22, 2022
Sam, Carla and family..I was sorry to read the pages today in the Free Press. Vince looked like Sam's twin and I thought, oh how many other people got to enjoy the company of the Scalettas in their lifetime. Please send my condolences to Sam especially and may be know he is being thought of by others who care. - Posted by: Laurie Anne Gyde (Student of Sam Scaletta's Windsor Park Collegiate) on: Jun 22, 2022
Robert, my deepest condolence to you and the family. May He rest in Peace. - Posted by: carmine la rosa (friend) on: Jun 22, 2022
Dear Scaletta family, Our heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs! - Posted by: Ken and Barb Reichert (Brother-in-law/Sister-in-law of Sam Scaletta ) on: Jun 22, 2022
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May the memories you have of your father give you strength during this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Maria Marasco (Friend) on: Jun 22, 2022
When I learned that Uncle Vince was no longer with us it brought about many mixed feelings for me. Mostly sadness but also some relief to know that such a proud man is no longer suffering. Uncle Vince was always my favourite brother of my Uncle Joe's (don't tell). I just loved his "spice"! I am so glad that I recently got to visit with him while he was in Victoria and introduce him to my daughter, Isla, and my husband, Archie. Isla was very taken by him and she is very sad knowing that Uncle Vince has now passed away. She keeps saying but I only got to meet him once! As she struggles to process this, I just keep reminding her that Uncle Vince is now in heaven after living a very long and full life. He was part of an amazing family and raised an amazing family. I know that you will all miss him so much! I hope you can hold all of the wonderful memories close to your heart and know that he is no longer suffering and is in a good place. I wish that myself and my family could be there for his celebration of life and to give you all hugs. Please know that we are holding you all close to our hearts and saying loving prayers for Uncle Vince. Sending love to you all!!! - Posted by: Michelle Vingo ((wanna be extended family)) on: Jun 21, 2022
My deepest condolences to all Vince’s family. Vince was a real gentleman and always full of fun and jokes and helpful hints at Lawn Bowling. He made the best spaghetti sauce for our spaghetti dinners. He will be sorely missed by all the Lawn Bowling friends. May all your wonderful memories you shared together somehow ease your sorrow at this difficult time. RIP Vince - Posted by: Marlyn Harding (LawnBowling Friend) on: Jun 21, 2022
My sincere condolences on your loss. I pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief! "God gave us memory so we might enjoy roses in winter." Vince was a gentleman and good friend, and I am saddened by his passing. Our loss is heaven's gain. - Posted by: Bob Strong (Friend) on: Jun 21, 2022
So sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to your family. I still remember during school, and we were over at your house, your dad made the best pizza, and he just kept making them, Rob or Stino would have to go to the kitchen and tell him we couldn't eat anymore. - Posted by: Kevin Utsunomiya (went to high school with Stino and Rob) on: Jun 21, 2022
Dear Scaletta Family - Our very deepest heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort knowing that Vince is now in the loving arms of Jesus, enjoying Paradise. I have very fond memories of him. I will never forget the humour of Vince and Zeno!!! Vince was named after our grandfather, Vincenzo Lombardo and he looks exactly like him and like my mother. I will never forget seeing Vince and Zeno in my backyard about 35 yrs. ago. They came by surprise!!! Needless to say, my parents were thrilled. Love and hugs to everyone. Anna and Joe Lo Bianco and family - Posted by: Anna and Joe Lo Bianco (cousins) on: Jun 21, 2022
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