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

Maria Teresa Femia

March 1, 2010

FEMIA, Maria Teresa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by her husband Salvatore. Lovingly remembered by her family: daughter Maria (Rocco), grandchildren Frank (Yolanda), Daniela, Sabina (Randall), Sam and Anthony; great grandchildren Thomas, Rocco and Cristina. Prayers will be offered Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2025 Napier St. Vancouver, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at the South Mausoleum at Ocean View Burial Park. In lieu of flowers donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada – Western Region in Maria’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

Francesca Maria Quercetti

February 23, 2010

Quercetti, Francesca Maria, was born in Vancouver, B.C.on September 25,1929. Passing away on February 19, 2010. Francesca was predeceased by her parents Guido and Silvia, her brother Italo and her nephew, Kenneth Quercetti. Fondly known as Cesca she loved to travel. Visiting Italy many times to share life with her relatives. Belonging to the Lega Femminile Italiana of the Confratellanza Italio-Canadese she enjoyed organizing various Club functions. An avid Canucks fan and her love for the Olympics especially Speed and Figure Skating and Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey kept her busy in her last days. She will be sadly missed by her brother Bruno (Sandra) her sister-in-law Fannie, niece Debra, nephew Ricci and her many friends. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2010 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 555 Slocan Street Vancouver B.C. No flowers please. Donations to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

Giuseppe (Joe) Di Stefano

February 20, 2010

Passed away suddenly on February 18, 2010 at the young age of 83. Predeceased by his wife Maria. Survived by his children: Antonietta (Tony), Romeo (Maria), Carmine (Linda), Peter (Julie); grandchildren: Lina (Rob), Gianfranco, Pina, Brian (Kelly), Jason (Melissa) Jeremy (Janah), Joey (Sarah), Michael (Sarah), Felicia, Amanda, Jordan; great grandchildren: Natasha, Hailey, Michael, Vincenzo, Domenic, Sienna, Luca, Mikaela and Matteo; brothers Giovanni (Giuseppina), Pasquale in Holland, and sister-in-law Filomena in Switzerland and many nieces and nephews. Prayers will be offered Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. from St. Helen’s Catholic Church 3860 Triumph St. Burnaby, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at the Ocean View Abbey Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association in Joe’s memory would be appreciated.

Vittoria Petronio

February 16, 2010

Vittoria Petronio suddenly passed away at Mt. St. Joseph hospital, on February 13, 2010, following years of illness.   She is survived by her husband Bruno, son Armando (Donna), grandchildren Christian, Vickie (Damien),  great grandchild Amelia, and many relatives in Italy. She will be remembered for her cooking, gardening and homemaking abilities, and her generosity in being a long standing volunteer at Italian Centre.  The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the  staff @ Villa Carital, where she resided for the last decade, particularly nurse Anna, the ECT staff at Mt. St. Joseph hospital with special recognition to nurse Elena.  Funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 19, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2025 Napier Street, Vancouver.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to Providence Health Tapestry Foundation for Health Care in memory of Vittoria will gratefully be appreciated.

                        You are now in peace.  Ricordata per sempre.

Nunzio Centola

February 16, 2010

CENTOLA, Nunzio – It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Nunzio “Nino” Centola on February 14, 2010 at the age of 80 years.He was born on February 16, 1929 in Tricarico, Italy. Nino is survived by his loving wife, Teresa, sons; Rocky (Koren), John (Francesca), Dominic (Jennifer), and daughter Phyllis; grandchildren, Mary, Nina, Maria, Carla, Bianca, Michael, and Aria. He also leaves many relatives, nieces, nephews, and friends in Vancouver and Italy.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church 1450 Delta Avenue, Burnaby, B.C.. Entombment to follow at the Creekside Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation.  Condolences may be offered to the family at

Dellena Francis Nelson

February 16, 2010

NELSON  –     Dellena Francis born January 29, 1916 passed away at Burnaby Hospital on February 14, 2010. Dellena was predeceased by her husband John in 1987. She is survived by her loving family, daughters Marlene Wray (Ken) and Laverne Watt (David); 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Holy Cross Church, 1450 Delta Ave., Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Marietta Cerra

February 12, 2010

It is with saddened hearts and many tears that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother and Grandmother Marietta Cerra (Nonna). Surrounded by almost all of her family she died peacefully at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2010. We are comforted in knowing that she has now reunited with her husband of 61 years, Luigi Cerra, who she missed greatly as he predeceased her by nine years.

Mama married on February 28, 1939 in Decollatura, Italy where she had her first son. She moved to France in 1950 where she had her second son and after immigrating to Canada in the summer of 1957 had her daughter. She was the best cook in the whole world and we will miss her cooking and her cooking classes. Her advice, though not always sought, was given out daily and, usually, happily taken, as she was always right. She just always knew. She was alert and feisty right to her very last day and she was our matriarch. She was 94 years old and, yet, kept all of us in line. She was the glue of our family and we will forever miss her.

She loved and is loved and remembered by her three children Giuseppe (Linda), Sandro (Sorya), and Liana (Saverio) as well as her cherished grandchildren Alita, Armando, Sandro, Delano, Erica (Ralph), Tania (Jake), Anthony and Ryan. She will also be missed by her brother-in-law, Giuseppe (Carmelina), and nieces Ornella and Julie as well as her sisters Merichina and Angelina (Mario) and her brother Armando (Silvia).

Mama (Nonna) your chair is now empty but your love continues to fill our hearts.

Rimanicon me, Signore, perchétisiafedele. Rimani con me, Signore, e con tutta la miafamiglia, perchepossiamovivereunitineltuo amore e un giorno, potremocantare le tuelodi per l’eternita.

Prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2010 and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2010,both at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish located at 555 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC. Entombment will follow the Mass atThe Abbey Mausoleum, Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, BC. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Mario Pastro

February 12, 2010

After a long courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mario Angelo Pastro. Mario passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside on Feb 10, 2010. He is survived by his wife and partner of 35 years Debbie, children Dino, Daryl (Lorraine), Derek & Sara. Six grandchildren Ricky, Dacy, Kevin, Alicia, Shae-Lynn and Treyden. Two brothers and one sister, many nieces and nephews and family in Italy. Predeceased by his son Ricky. Mario was born on November 20, 1942 in Selva Del Montello, Italy. He immigrated to Canada in 1957. Mario worked for many years in the paving industry and then moved into his true love in construction. For many years he was the president of the Selva Del Montello society. He had a zest for life and loved to garden, play golf, texas holdem poker and make his own wine. He lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by his family, dear friends and all the people he touched in his lifetime. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff of Evergreen and Coastal Health for their excellent care of Mario during his final days. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 525 Slocan Street, Vancouver, B.C. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mario Pastro to Variety Club-The Children’s Charity of B.C. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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