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GENTILE, Pietro Paolo

1940- San Giovanni in Fiore, Cosenza, Italy
2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Pietro Paolo Gentile, beloved husband of Serafina of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the age of 73 years.

Paolo was born in San Giovanni in Fiore in Cosenza, Italy and was raised in the same town in which his parents grew up. His life changed when he met a girl from his hometown on a train to Rome. She was moving to Canada. They began to write letters and two years later (in 1967) he immigrated to Calgary and married Serafina, his wife of forty-six years.

Together with Serafina, his extended family and hometown friends, they created a wonderful life in Canada. Paolo made a point of knowing each of his neighbors by name and became a second grandpa to a number of children in the neighborhood, early practice for his own grandson Marcus. Paolo will be remembered for finding levity and laughter in everything. He was happiest with his family and friends at mountain retreats and family events. Our family will always remember papa for his value of family, his giving nature and generous heart.

Paolo is survived by his wife Serafina; his children, Joe (Monique), John (Stephanie), and Maria-Rosa (Vaden); and grandson Marcus. He is also survived by his brother Battista (Teresa); sisters, Angelina and Serafina (Vincenzo). In addition he is survived by his brothers-in-law, Tomaso (Vittoria) Durante, Pasquale Durante, and Giuseppe (Teresa) Durante, sisters-in-law, Maria (Frank) Aiello, Filomena Durante, Teresa Durante, Antonieta Durante, Virginia Durante, and Rosa Durante; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father and mother Giuseppe and Maria; father and mother-in-law Giovanni and Rosa Durante, brothers-in-law, Francesco Siletta, Saverio Durante, Salvatore Durante, Salvatore Olivito, and Domenico Alessio; and sister-in-law Caterina Alessio.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Paolo’s honour may be made directly to the Organ Transplant Team at the University Hospital Foundation, 1H1.91 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, 8440 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7, Telephone: 780-407-7007, Paolo’s family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the entire Alberta University and Calgary Organ Transplant Teams.

In living memory of Paolo Gentile, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. John Durante :

    I am so saddened to hear about your loss. I’ll always remember Zio for his great sense of humor and playful nature. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Condolences to Zia, Joe, John and Maria-Rosa.

    John, Tom, & Stephanie Durante

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  2. teresa barberio :

    le nostre sentite condoglianze per la famiglia gentile

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  3. Angela Audia :

    Our thoughts are with you all at this time of great sorrow. May God give you the strength to carry on and celebrate the joy with the many memories that you have built over the many years.

    Giuseppe, Giulia, and Angela Audia

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  4. Ada and Umberto Caparelli :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with. Sorry for your loss.
    Ada and Umberto Caparelli and family

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  5. Franco, Susan, Ethan and Sophia Audia :

    Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. I will always cherish the fond childhood memories and laughter that your Dad has left with us.

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  6. Sandy Watson :

    I am deeply saddened for your loss. The picture of your father is so beautiful. I can only imagine how much life he had. I can see it in his smile and his eyes. I wish I would have known him. May your angels provide you with comfort, love and strength. Thinking of you and your family.

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  7. Nick and Nicki Eremita :

    Our deepest sympathies to all the Gentile family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you.

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  8. Jennifer Vigna :

    Maria, Mrs. Gentile and Family,
    I just learned of your loss and was deeply saddened by the news. At a time such as this, words seem so inadequate but it is with heartfelt sympathy that I send this message to you. Maria, I fondly remember your Dad from when we were kids, he was a wonderful man. May the years of love and happiness you shared with him bring you comfort.
    Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you, Rob, Jen, Alessio, Marcello & Stella Vigna

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  9. Vince and Gail White :

    Just wanted to say, that we are sorry for your loss. Paul was a good neighbour, and I will alway remember him coming and checking on my do it your self projects when I was working on them. He was also one of the first people to introduce himself when we moved into the close 20 years ago. And will always remember seeing him on his many walks with his dog. He’ll be missed. I can tell by all the friends and family around, that he was loved, and lived a good life.

    Our prayers are for the family during this time.

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  10. Elaine Germont Gavette :

    Sera, John, Joe, and Maria, I feel like I have known Paul all my life even though I have never met him. Our chats by phone are what I remember most and will treasure — until one day I do meet him in person in our Heavenly home that we will all share together. Our loss here on earth is surely Heaven’s gain.
    Prayerfully and with much love,
    Cugina Elaine

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