It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Nonno, brother-in-law and uncle on Tuesday January 1, 2019 at the age of 93.
Gabriele leaves to mourn his daughters Roseanna Bakema (Harry) and Gina Calesso (Renato) and grandson Christopher Calesso.
He also leaves to mourn his sisters-in-law Nancy and Angela Porco, Giovanna Eliass, Ann Cantafio, numerous nephews and nieces in Winnipeg and Italy.
He was predeceased by his wife Gilda, parents Pietro and Giuseppina Porco, sister Rosina and husband Giovanni Altomare, niece Palmina Farenga brothers Frank and Tony Porco. Sister-in-law Mattea and husband Carmine and nephew Frank Altomare, Brother-in-law Tommaso Cantafio.
Gabriele was born on November 4, 1925 in the town of Cellara in the Province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of Southern Italy.
Gabriele arrived in Canada on Aug. 17, 1948. He went to Sioux Lookout where he lived for 2 years working for the town and the Follinger Saw Mills. In April of 1950 he came to Transcona. He then was employed with the CNR shops. He later became a crane operator and after working for 35 years he retired in September 1985.
Gabriele married Gilda Cantafio the love of his life on September 12, 1953. They were married for almost 60 years until her passing on September 2, 2013.
Gabriele’s rich Italian heritage was evident in his love of gardening which he continued well into his 80’s.
Gabriele was always a hard worker even from a young age as he farmed on his family’s property in Italy.
Gabriele was loved for his kind, sweet nature and gentle heart and respected for always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends.
Gabriele was a long time member of the Transcona senior centre where he liked to play darts, shuffle board and bingo.
Gabriele later moved to River Ridge Retirement Residence where he had resided for the past 3 years.
The family thanks the staff at River Ridge and his Home Care Aides for all their help and support.
The pallbearers are Christopher Calesso, Joseph Porco, Michael Porco, Peter Porco, Stino Porco and Blair Cantafio.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 11:00 am at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Gabriele’s memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Kidney or Diabetes.