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Salvatore Melizza

Peacefully on July 14, 2019 with his loving wife Giuseppina and daughter Anna Lucia (Lucy) and husband Joseph by his side, our beloved father, “Nonno”, and great-grandfather passed away at West Park Manor Personal Care Home.

Salvatore “Sam” was born in Mozzagrogna, Abruzzo, Italy, on March 8, 1931, 1st born son to Carmine and Annina. As a young man he served in the military, but only after marrying mom in 1952. Upon his return they welcomed a son, Carmine in 1955 and a daughter, Anna Lucia in 1958. In 1961 he immigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg. After two years of hard work he sponsored our family to Canada. Dad worked diligently to provide for our family, for many years at Greb Shoes and later with Willmar Windows until his retirement.
Along with Mom, he was proud of his never-ending vegetable garden and his concord grape pergola “vineyard”. Dad your grapevines continue to thrive in my garden. The dried vines were also created into beautiful Christmas wreaths for our families. Dad was a simple man who loved his pasta and a small glass of wine daily. He always said it didn’t matter if the plates were guilded in gold, what mattered was what was on it. He also enjoyed many a bocce game with his family and friends at Inkster Park. Later during his retirement, he made more friends playing at the Caboto Centre with the senior’s group. Here they shared many stories, exercise classes and of course a great meal together with friends. Dad was always there to care for his “nipote” especially Marlena and Lisa and even for our pet Cody!

He was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Parish and always ready to help his family, friends and community. Dad’s energetic yet congenial mannerisms were evident right through his 5 plus years at West Park Manor. Our heartfelt thanks for the amazing compassionate care he received there, and to all who visited him.

Left to cherish Sam’s memory are his wife of 67 years, Giuseppina (Josie), daughter Lucy (Joseph), daughter-in-law Barbara, grandchildren, Mark (Nicky), Chrissy (Mark), Marlena (Ryan), Lisa (Niall), great grandchildren, Laura, Andrea, Aiden, Sadie, and Eveleigh Josephine. His brother Marino (Antonietta), sister Elisa Martelli, sister-in-law Santina. He was pre-deceased by his son Carmine (2018), brother Nicola, son-in-law Vince Bova, brother-in-law Guido Martelli and his parents Carmine and Annina.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Rosary, Roman Catholic Church, 510 River Ave., Friday, July 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., with condolences at 11:00 a.m., Fr. Sam Argenziano presiding. Entombment at Waverly Memorial Gardens to follow reception.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to West Park Manor Personal Care Home, 3199 Grant Ave. Wpg. MB R3R 1X2, or Holy Rosary Parish, 510 River Ave., Wpg. MB R3L 0E1.

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  • Caterina and George Sotiriadis Posted July 17, 2019 10:18 am

    Sending our most heartfelt condolences to the entire family. We will always treasure Salvatore’s gentle smile and loving character in our hearts. He is at peace in God’s house. Celebrate his life with your warm memories of the loving family man he truly was. Con tantissimo affetto, Caterina e George.

  • Cynthia & Franco Suzio Posted July 17, 2019 12:08 pm

    Our sincerest and most deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your loved one.
    May the love of family and friendship comfort and ease you through this difficult time. God Bless.

  • MIKE and GINA MASCITELLI Posted July 17, 2019 4:29 pm

    Lucy we were deeply saddened by the news of your Dad’s (Salvatore) passing.
    Mom still talks about the time that your Mom and Dad visited us at the cottage, they became great friends.
    Remember what Whittier wrote “Grant but memory to us, and we lose nothing in death”
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family.

  • Elio and Jean Mascitelli Posted July 18, 2019 7:38 am

    Lucy, we were deeply saddened by the news of your fathers passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family and may God rest his soul.

  • mary scerbo Posted July 18, 2019 10:18 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time,Lucy.We fondly remember your parents friendship with our mother Assunta Masi while at Villa Nova.We cherish their time together…Un forte abbraccio from the Tony,Ralph and Mary [Scerbo}Masi family.

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