Alfredo Callocchia

October 21, 2009

Born March 10, 1924 in Aielli Alto, L’Aquila, Italy passed suddenly but peacefully October 20, 2009. Alfredo is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Maria Vittoria; daughters Adriana (Tim) Malito, Anna (Allan) Buggie; grandchildren Raffaele (Monique), Victoria, Daniel, Nicholas and Angelica; sisters Maria and Lina both in Italy and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by his parents Agostino and Anna and his brother Guido. A loyal and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Alfredo took great pride and joy in his family. He will always be remembered as an honest, kind and generous man who enjoyed life’s simple pleasures. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2009 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, 3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby. Entombment to follow at The Abbey, Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby. Many thanks to the staff at Fellburn Care Centre for their wonderful care during Alfredo’s stay. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Society of B.C. would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Antonia Bifolchi

October 20, 2009

September 17, 1911 – October 20, 2009

Antonia passed away peacefully at Lions Gate Hospital. She was born in Sora, Frosinone, Italy. Predeceased by her beloved husband Fiore Alonzi, sister Lucia, brother Donato and son-in-law Giovanni. Survived by her daughter Rita Pistilli and son Bernardino (Maria) Alonzi, nieces Loreta (Pietro) Pistilli, Filomena (Angelo) Veneziano and Antonella (Domenico) Martelli, 6 grandaughters Donna (Mike), Maria (Eddi), Joanna (Gabriel), Antonietta, Laura and Anna, as well as 9 great grandchildren. Prayers will be offered at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22nd at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 525 Slocan Street, Vancouver, B.C. where Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 23rd. Entombment to follow at Ocean View South Mausoleum. The family wish to thank the staff at Evergreen 2 North for their care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Madeleine Mary Bissett (nee Loiseau)

October 15, 2009

 A graceful spirit, a giving heart and a beautiful soul. It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother, Madeleine Mary Bissett, who passed away peacefully Thanksgiving Day, October 12, 2009. The Lord has called Mom home to be reunited with the love of her life, our dad George; her son Glenn and her mother Nora. Madeleine is lovingly remembered by her children Diane (Travis), Maureen (John), Craig (Kathleen), and Michele (Ray); grandchildren Garrett (Ashley), Justine (Sean), Melisse (Alan), Graeme, Kyle, Jordan, Braydon, Lauren, Jacqueline; great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Ethan and Laura; many relatives, dear friends and her loyal canine companion, Lady. Mom lived her life with class and grace, seeing only the good in people and always putting others before herself. Mom’s amazing strength, resilience and positive outlook during her courageous battle with cancer is inspirational to everyone who knew her. We are changed forever. Very special thanks to the kind nurses and staff at St. Michael’s Hospice in Burnaby for their wonderful care during Mom’s final weeks. They treated Mom with dignity and respect and allowed her to spend the final part of her life’s journey in comfort, with her family at her side. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 17th at Immaculate Conception Parish 8842 – 119th St, North Delta. Donations may be made to St. Michael’s Hospice in Burnaby. Mom, we will miss you more than words can say.

Archie Walker

October 15, 2009

March 27, 1924 – October 11, 2009 Passed away peacefully on Oct 11, 2009 at the age of 85 years.  Archie will be remembered with love by his wife, Catherine of 57 years, their daughter Gail Watson ( Dave ), son Stuart ( Nancy ), grandchildren,  Sheena, Scott, Melanie, Sara, Stefanie, great grandchildren Maxwell, Mikaela,  sister Mary Smith ( Jim ) along with many friends and family.

Born in Glasgow Scotland he served with the British Army as a Tank Driver in WWII.  He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and served the majority of his working years with the Vancouver School Board.

Always willing to lend a hand and to help those less fortunate, Archie is remembered for his laughter, stories, wit, friendliness and kindness.   His motto, “live and let live.”

Our sincere gratitude to each and everyone who walked caringly with Archie and our family during this difficult time.  Special thanks to his neighbours Jeanette and Arlene for their kindness, help and support over the years.   Please celebrate the gift of Archie’s life at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel, 4276 Hastings,   Thurs Oct 22, 2pm.

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Carmela Pafundi

October 14, 2009

Born March 23, 1930 in Pietragalla, Italy passed away peacefully on October 12, 2009 at Vancouver General Hospital.  Carmela is predeceased by Rocco, her husband of over fifty-five years.  She is survived by her daughter, Lidia, her son-in-law Enrico, granddaughters, Elisa and Diana, sister Donna and her family, and relatives in Italy. 

Carmela will always be remembered for her generosity, kindness and dedication to her family. Even through illness she remained strong and devoted her time and energy to her family and friends. She was passionate about cooking and was happiest when those around her were enjoying the Italian food she made.  With her warm and outgoing nature, she made friends everywhere she went and will be greatly missed by all of them. Nonna, we will always hold dear to our hearts your lively spirit, words of encouragement and unconditional love.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 2025 Napier Street, Vancouver.  Entombment to follow at the Abbey Mausoleum, Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.  On-line condolences may be offered to the family at

Andy Dobrota

October 13, 2009

Passed peacefully away after a lengthy illness on Monday, October 12, 2009 at the age of 59 years.  Lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years Helen, daughter Angela, son Marko, a sister and six brothers in Europe, sister-in-law Pat and mother-in-law Sally.   Funeral service will be held Friday, October 16, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel 4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  

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Sergio Poldrugovac

October 9, 2009

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sergio Poldrugovac (May 2, 1942 to October 4, 2009) who passed suddenly from a heart attack while fishing with friends near Quadra Island, British Columbia. He is predeceased by his father Josip, and brother Vladimir. He is survived by his wife Jelica, son Robert, daughter Sylvia (Matthew), grandchildren Holden and Delilah, mother Ana, sisters Maria (Bruno) and Sonia, sister-in-law Edmee and nieces and nephews. Born in Labin, Croatia, Sergio moved to Montreal in 1962, where he worked as a machinist. He eventually settled to the Pacific coast where he spent five decades in the commercial fishing industry and participated in numerous business ventures. Prayers will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Croatian Catholic Church on Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral will be at the church on Friday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. Service to follow at Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Vasculitis Foundation of Canada.

Leda Rosati

October 8, 2009

ROSATI – Leda (nee: Angelosante)
July 02, 1928 – October 06, 2009
Leda (known to all as Lina) passed away peacefully with family by her side. She was born in Celano, Abruzzo, Italy. Predeceased by her beloved husband Romeo in 1991, sister Arnalda and brothers Giuseppe and Oreste. Survived by her loving family, Gabriel (Florinda) Rosati, Elvira (Angelo) Carelli and Mary (Tony) Paolino, grandchildren Peter Rosati (Krista Gordon), Paolo Rosati, Olivia (Nick) Paladino, Tania (Pavle) Erceg, Nadia Paolino and Roman and Sandro Carelli, great-grandchild Joel Gabriel Paladino, sister Pia (Argento) and sister-in-law Iole both in Vancouver, sisters Maria, Bice and Emma in Italy and brother Loreto in Venezuela, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13th at St. Francis of Assisi, 2025 Napier Street, Vancouver, B.C. Entombment to follow at Ocean View Abbey. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Lucia Bifulco

October 8, 2009

BIFULCO, Lucia passed away on October 7, 2009 at the age of 63 years. She is predeceased by brothers Mario, Michele and Gavino and sister Maria. Survived by her loving family, husband Carmine; children Frank (Daniela), Toni DeFazio (Victor) and Maria; grandchildren Matteo, Carlo, Angela and Adamo; brothers Antonio, Filomeno, Salvatore and Angelo; sister Anna and many nieces, nephews and friends. Prayers will be offered Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Helen’s Catholic Church 3860 Triumph St., Burnaby where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment South Mausoleum Ocean View Burial Park. Special thanks to St. Michael’s Hospice for all the care you gave our mother. Flowers gratefully accepted or a donation to St. Michael’s Hospice in Lucy’s memory. On-line condolences may be offered to the family at

Charles Robert Shayler

October 7, 2009

April 9, 1923 – October 4, 2009
Charles (Chuck) Shayler was a good man. He always cared for others and had the ability to make people feel special. Chuck passed away at home in the early hours of October 4, 2009. He is predeceased by his wife Gloria (2002) and daughter Sharon (1994). He is survived by his sons Bill (Myra) and John (Chris), grand children Tom (Sue), Michelle (Glenn), Donna (Tasha), Laura (Mark), Lisa, and Lee, eight great grand children, and his brothers Ed and Don. Chuck was born in Winnipeg where he grew up in a large family. He moved to Vancouver in 1939 and joined the Canadian Armed Forces, rising to the rank of Sergeant. In 1944, he married the love of his life, Gloria Errico, began his job with the B.C. Electric as a streetcar motorman, and soon became a father. In Chuck’s words: “He lived the best of lives.” He was loved by many and will be greatly missed, but his goodness, caring, humour, and a twinkle in his eyes will live on in others. The family wishes to express our special thanks to the residents and staff of Seton Villa for their friendship, support and care. Chuck requested that no formal funeral services be held.
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