Irma Maria Natalina Cuzzetto (nee Funaro)

March 12, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Irma on March 11, 2010 at the age of 82. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Francesco, parents Pasquale and Maria Funaro, her sister Nilde (Antonio) Maio, brother Tony Funaro, and sister-in-law Alba Colistro. Survived by and lovingly remembered by her four children; Charlie (Margaret), Elvidia (Dave) Anderson, Marlene (Brian) Cowie, Joe (Frances); grandchildren Sean, Aaron, Tara, Francesco, Simona, Alessia; brothers Raffaele (Anna) Funaro, Joe (Joan) Funaro; sisters in Italy, Anita (Mario) Occhiuzzi, Silvana (Pino) Pietramala; sisters-in-law Lilia Funaro, Nella Iachetta; brother-in-law Lello Colistro and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Since immigrating from Grimaldi, Italy to Canada in 1954, Irma’s welcoming home was always filled with family, friends and neighbours.  Together with her husband Francesco, she enjoyed spending time with those they loved, sharing stories over bountiful food and freshly brewed espresso. Irma was a gentle, loving soul who always accepted everyone with open arms.  She was happiest when surrounded by all her children and grandchildren who brought her continuous pride and never-ending joy.  She will always be remembered for her enduring kindness and her unconditional love.  A heart-felt thanks to the very caring staff in the ICU at Burnaby General Hospital. Prayers will be offered on Wednesday, March 17 at 8:30pm at Saint Helen’s Parish in Burnaby with Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday March 18 at 10:00am. Entombment to follow at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irma’s honour can be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation. (www.heartandstroke.com). Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com.

Joyce Leclercq Swift

March 12, 2010

March 31, 1924 – March 9, 2010
In Loving Memory

Joy passed away peacefully on March 9th at the age of 85. She is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Bill and her sister Eileen. Joy is survived by her loving family, daughter Carol (John), son Brian (Betsy); grandchildren Allison, Rebecca, Tristan and Colette and her first great-granddaughter, Stella along with many extended family members and friends. Joy was a beautiful and lively woman who courageously fought, lived and struggled with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Whether it be dancing on the kitchen with Bill (Granddad) or setting off boating on the “Impossible Dream”, Joy will always be remembered for her love of music, dance , the arts and children. Even as her world grew smaller, Joy never lost the ability to sing! A very special “Thank you”to all the staff of the Finnish Canadian Home of Vancouver for their endless compassion and support over the past three years. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a donation fund at the BC Alzheimer’s Society in honor of Joyce. Online donations can be made to www.alzheimerbc.org.

Charlene Diane Obuck

March 12, 2010

June 3, 1947 – March 10, 2010
Beloved wife, devoted mother, proud grandmother, sister, and loyal friend, Charlene passed away peacefully on March 10, 2010 at the age of 62 years. She is survived by her loving family: husband, Orest, children Tony (Hazel), Jason, Jennifer, and Jonathan (Korryn), grandchildren Jacob, and Koehn, sisters Heather (Leo) and Carol (Tony), nieces and nephews and all her many loving family and friends. Mom had a special gift to touch so many hearts in a loving way. She will be sadly missed and never forgotten. Prayers will be offered at Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 550 West 14th Ave., Vancouver on Wednesday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. where Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. Burial to be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.

Pietro Pingitore

March 11, 2010

Born January 4th, 1927 in Mangone, Cosenza , Italy
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend Pietro Pingitore on March 9th, 2010. He is predeceased by his brother Giovanni and sister Enza. He is survived by his loving wife Amina, his daughter Maria Katsionis (Peter) and his son Domenico (Catherine), his grandsons who were his pride and joy Vincenzo, Matthew, Romen, David and Marino, his brother Franco and his sisters Eva, Lydia and Ines, many nieces, nephews and friends. Pietro was affectionately known as “Uncle Pete” by everyone. He will always be remembered for his sharp wit, kindness and big heart. We would like to thank the many friends and family that supported us during this difficult time. Prayers will be offered Sunday March 14th at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows 555 S. Slocan St. Vancouver, where Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. with entombment following at the South Mausoleum, Ocean View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. On-line condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com.
We will always miss you Papino, you will always be in our hearts.

Donald John Gray

March 8, 2010

GRAY – Donald John
September 19, 1923 – March 05, 2010
Donald John Gray, born in Carmel, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully at his residence. Survived by his loving wife Anne, daughter Sharon and granddaughter Kimberley. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 15th at the Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel, 4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby, B.C. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, B.C. In lieu of flowers donations to the B.C. Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com

Giuseppe Palazzo

March 5, 2010

PALAZZO, Giuseppe passed away after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the age of 82 years.  Lovingly remembered by his family: wife Beatrice; daughter Lucia; granddaughter Melissa: brothers Raffaele (Giuseppina) from Italy, Luiggi (Dolores), Nick (Rosina) from Toronto, Tony (Lucia); sister Adelina (Domenico) from Montreal; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  The family would like to thank the staff at Burnaby General Hospital for their loving care of Giuseppe.  Prayers will be offered Monday, March 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. from St. Helen’s Catholic Church, 3860 Triumph St. Burnaby where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.  Entombment to follow at the Abbey Mausoleum at Ocean View, Burnaby.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Parkinson’s Society of BC would be appreciated.

Rosa Ciarniello

March 5, 2010

CIARNIELLO – Rosa
Born September 10, 1910 and passed away peacefully at St. Vincent Langara March 4, 2010 surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her husband Michele, several children including a cherished daughter Vanda and is survived by sister Maria Tinaburri of Bagnoli del Trigno, Italy. Rosa will be missed by her children, Isolina (Pietro), Rina (Giovanni), Ada (Lorenzo), Fernando (Sheila), Dino (Sharon) and Maria (Jack); grandchildren Linda (Russell), Anita (Dennis), Cristoforo (Domenica), Lori (Royce), Michelangelo (Lorena), Randy (Sandra) and Marina and many nieces and nephews. Rosa will be fondly remembered by her great grandchildren Laura, Michelle, Ashley, Nicholas, Ryan and Ross. Prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 525 Slocan Street, Vancouver where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Entombment, Ocean View Burial Park. Rosa’s family would like to thank all the staff of St. Vincent’s Langara and the residents of the Birch Wing who made Rosa’s time there very special. In lieu of flowers, donations to the B.C. Heart and Stroke foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com

Aida Pallotta

March 4, 2010

Aida Pallotta, born in Bagnoli del Trigno, Isernia, Italy, passed away peacefully at her residence. Survived by her beloved husband Michele, sister Zita and brother-in-law Mario, nephew Rino (Maria) Perrella, great-nephew Anthony (Tiffany) and nieces and nephews in Italy. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 6th at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 525 Slocan Street, Vancouver, B.C. Entombment to follow at Ocean View Burial Park (Abbey Mausoleum), Burnaby, B.C. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com

Ronald William Hamilton

March 2, 2010

HAMILTON, Ronald W., C.A.
Born in Vancouver on November 8, 1923. Passed away in Burnaby B.C. on March 2, 2010 at the age of 86 after a brief battle with cancer. Ron is survived by his wife of 56 years Helen, his sons Ross (Cathy) and Glenn (Elizabeth) and his daughter Kathy (Sharlene). He is fondly remembered by his six grandchildren Jillian, Meredith, Laura, Iain, Eric and Karly. Ron is also survived by his sisters Jean Gourlay of Burnaby B.C. and Irene (Bill) Sherren of Oakville ON, his brother-in-law Bob Gourlay, his cousin Lenore Fenton and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Ron was an air force veteran from WWII who graduated from UBC in 1949 and obtained his CA in 1952 (gold medal in Alberta). Ron and Helen lived in Calgary, AB, Denver, CO and Ottawa, ON, where Ron enjoyed a career with the Government of Canada. They retired to Burnaby in 1990. Ron was a very active volunteer in retirement involved with the Royal Canadian Legion and the New Chelsea Society, which provides affordable housing for veterans and seniors in Vancouver and Burnaby. The family provides a special thanks to Ron and Helen’s Vancouver relatives and friends who have provided wonderful support during these past few months and especially to Pat Tipper, Jean, Rhiza, Genny and Ron’s palliative care nurses Dale Wakefield and Caroline Wilkes. The funeral will be held at the Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel (4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby) on Saturday March 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, memorial donations may be made to “RCL 148 Poppy Fund”, c/o Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 148, 4356 Hastings Street, Burnaby, B.C., V5C 2J9 or to New Chelsea Society, #101-3640 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, B.C., V5N 5P1

Lillian Reid-Smith

March 2, 2010

Lillian passed away on March 1st, 2010 at the age of 78 years. She is survived by her loving family: children; Karen (Tony), Brenda, Louise (Don), Clayton, Colin, Margaret (Greg), grandchildren; Matthew, Rachel, Brittany, Carly, great-granddaughter Emily and nieces, nephews and friends. A Celebration of Lillian’s life will be held on Monday March 8, 2010 at 11am at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel 4276 Hastings St. Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com

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