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.