It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Nono and friend. Adelfo passed away peacefully on March 15, 2014, after battling cancer at his home in Genelle with his family and loving companion Daze by his side.
He was predeceased by his son Greg, his mother Maria, his father Pio, his sister Giovanna in Italy and his brother Giovanni. Adelfo is survived by his loving dedicated wife Iolanda of 54 years, his son Robert (Lori), his daughter Mary-Lou (Greg), his grandsons Christopher, Brandon and Christian, his brother Ermes and his sister Miralba, both of Italy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
Adelfo immigrated to Canada in 1955. Moving to Trail he was unable to find employment so Adelfo moved to Vancouver where he was able to find work in the construction industry as a bricklayer. In 1957 he moved back to the Trail area working on the Castlegar and Nelson Hospitals as a Bricklayer/Foreman and then on the construction of the Celgar Pulp Mill as a Bricklayer. In 1962, he was hired full time by Celgar as a Painter Mason/Bricklayer retiring after 39 years of employment. As a skilled Bricklayer and Tradesman, much of Adelfo’s work can be seen throughout the Kootenay area.
He met his future wife Iolanda in 1958 and they married in 1959. In 1964 Adelfo designed and built their family home in Genelle, living there until his passing.
Adelfo enjoyed hanging out in the shop whether it was tinkering around or working on vehicles with his sons or just socializing and sharing a glass of wine with family and friends. That’s what life was all about for him. He was a Legion member, a member of the Colombo Lodge and spent many years on the Genelle Improvement District Water Board as Chairman and Trustee.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses on the 2nd Floor and especially to Diane, Tamara, Linda, Margo and Kenda for the extra care, guidance and direction in caring for our father and helping us get him home which was his wish. The family would also like to thank the homecare support and palliative care nurses for also making time at home with our father more comforting.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Parish at 2012 3rd Avenue, Trail, BC with Father Jim McHugh, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Adelfo’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at 908 Rossland Avenue, Trail, BC, V1R 3N6 or the BC SPCA Trail Region Branch, 7700 Highway 3B, Trail, BC V1R 2L9.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca