John Manfredi

John Manfredi

John Manfredi passed away peacefully on March 25, 2012 at Rosewood Village, Trail, BC. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario on August 31, 1922.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 65 years, Loretta Mary; daughter Teresa (Dan Bachynski); son Louis (Valerie) of Brandon, Manitoba; grandchildren Peter, Angela, Stacey and Christine and 4 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brother Sam Manfredi and nieces Pat Harriman, Betty Eadie and Dianne Jacques; and many dear friends in Ottawa, Ontario.

He was predeceased by his parents Luigi Emilio and Gabriela (Stefano); his sisters Susan, Gilda and Mary; and infant son John.

John joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the outbreak of World War II and served 5 years sailing corvettes and mine sweepers on the Atlantic. He met Loretta, a raven haired Irish beauty at a dance and they married in 1947. John worked as a certified plasterer before joining Canada Post in Ottawa as a mail dispatcher and retired after 35 years of combined service with the Government. John and Loretta enjoyed trips to Europe, the Middle East, Hawaii; cruises to the Caribbean; and several train, bus and road trips across Canada and to the southern U.S. John was an active member of St. Peter’s Parish in Ottawa for many years. John and Loretta moved west to Trail in 2004 to be closer to family. He enjoyed playing cards with ‘the gang’ at his new home in Rosewood Village and looked forward to the regular Bingo games (where he often left with his change purse heavier than when he arrived!) Dad was a gentle and generous man with a quirky sense of humor. We’ll miss you Dad. Rest in peace.

The family sincerely thanks the staff at Rosewood Village for their care of Dad during his final year in residential care.

A prayer vigil will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Fruitvale, BC and a Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:30 am at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Fruitvale, BC with Father J. Joseph Kizakethottathil M.S.T., celebrating the Mass.

Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

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