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GRECO, Giuseppe

August 1, 1933- San Giovanni in Fiore, Cosenza Calabria, Italy
November 7, 2013 – Calgary Alberta

The peaceful passing of Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Greco occurred at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary on Thursday, November 7 with his family by his side.

Joe’s passing follows many years of failing health; and although he will be dearly missed by Caterina along with his entire family, we rest assured that he has found ever lasting peace.

Joe left San Giovanni in Fiore, a small community in Cosenza, Calabria, Italy in 1958. He arrived in Calgary, traveling through Halifax’s Peer 21, with a suitcase and the dream of making a better life for his family in what became his new home.

Through the 60s and 70s Joe worked as a labourer on many of Calgary’s iconic landmarks including the airport, Calgary’s first convention center, the former Greyhound building and the university. Later on when he worked with the CNIB, people often said “the grounds were the most beautiful they had ever been” and they could tell he always put his heart into his work.

Joe always put his family’s needs first. He was always known as a friendly happy man who worked hard and never once budged on his principles and beliefs.

Joe was a passionate gardener. His garden, lawn and green house were admired by many of his Pine Ridge Neighbours. He was an enthusiastic fisherman, avid camper and along with Caterina, a skilled hunter of wild mushrooms.

Joe was a home vintner and was always proud of the wine he made. He eagerly shared his wine along with a home cooked Italian meal with anyone who happened to visit.

During one of Calgary’s worst blizzards, Joe went out with his work crew to help stranded people without thought for his own safety. For more than 25 years, Joe worked tirelessly to insure that his wife and family would be well cared for; a goal which he attained.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Caterina, daughters Maria Teresa (Wayne), Serafina (Antonio), Lucia (Mike) and son Luigi (Liz); grandchildren Ashly Anne, Lisa Marie, Marc Antonio and Sebastian Joseph; great-grandchildren Shayden James, Abigail Catherine and Darwin Grant. He is also survived by sisters Maria (Sicily), Rosa (France), Serafina (Calgary) and Luigina (San Giovanni in Fiore) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Antonio, Francesco Saverio and Salvatore.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish (1714 14th Avenue N.E.) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. At the family’s request, please kindly refrain from using any scented products. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Giuseppe Greco, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dear Lui and family,
    Deep sympathies. May the love and memories of your father carry you through the tough times ahead, knowing that love never dies. Bless you all and peace to your dear Joe.

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  2. The Visca family extend their heartfelt condolences to the entire Greco family. Joe was a good man. Our thoughts are with you during this period of transition.

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  3. Tony & Anna Greco :

    My thoughts & prayers go to you all during this difficult time.

    We will cherish great uncle Joe with many fond memories of our time together camping, playing together, the stories he told and especially the loved that he showed us.

    Tony, Anna, Vanessa, Andrena & Deanna Greco

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  4. Josie and Gerry Scalise :

    Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Keep the memories close to your heart as they can never be taken away. A big hug to each and every won of you.

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  5. Tony & Anna Greco :

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    We will cherish the fond memories of Great Uncle Joe, camping, fishing, mushroom picking. He could always make us smile with his many stories of his youth, or playing with us.

    Love you always,

    Tony, Anna, Vanessa, Andrena & Deanna

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  6. Nicole, Michael, Katherine & Connor Jones :

    Dear Lucy and Mike,
    Our most sincere condolences on the passing of your father. May his soul be at peace and may he find eternal rest.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Sincerely
    The Jones Family

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  7. Lou and Lynne Duigou :

    Dear Caterina, Lucy, and Family
    Please accept our sincere condolences at the passing of Joe. Though we did not know him that well, we always heard good things about him and the vigour with which he tackled everyting he did, from wine-making to hunting to fishing. Not to mention his giftedness in masonry and construction. Peace be with you all.

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  8. Michael & Cheryl (Gillespie) Furlong :

    Lui,
    The loss of a beloved family member is never easy. Your Father is now wrapped in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, and so long as his kind words and deeds in your memory he will be in your heart, with you, forever.

    May God bless you and your family and may He give you the strength to move forward in your time of need.

    Sincerelly,
    Michael & Cheryl

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  9. Ilona Shepherd :

    I am sad to hear of his passing…. I will remember the wine we shared many times at Sera’s place in Ontario…..
    Cheers Joe….you will be missed dearly….
    La Bionda 😉
    Ilona

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  10. Dear Lui & Liz,
    Most sincere condolences for you and your family. Your father is at peace now and you have another angel. My thoughts are with you.

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  11. John McDonald :

    Dear Lui,

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time of great loss. Your Dad sounds like he was quite the man, father and husband. My thoughts are prayers are with you.

    John

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  12. Lui, Mary, Lucy and Sera please accept condolences from Anne, Reid, Saige, my mom and me. Also share our heart felt sympathies with your Mom. All of you, including Liz, Wayne, Mike Tony and all the grand children are in our thoughts and prayers. As well as your Dad’s wine I remember his home made paste made with peppers he most likely grew himself. I don’t know of anything else I’ve come across that is as spicy and delicious.

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  13. Steve & Grace Waight & Family :

    Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

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  14. Lou Greco & Family :

    Condolence goes out to the Family of my Uncle Joe.

    My Uncle Joe Greco was a kind man and I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. He always made my family feel at home whenever we visited and was always very glad to see us. Uncle Joe, I know you are in a better place now and your suffering has ended and that you are smiling down at all of us. You will be missed and will always be in our fondest memories.

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  15. Fred and Kathleen Webster :

    Lui,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Your dad sounded like a great guy and will be missed by his friends and family.
    Take care,
    Fred and Kathleen

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  16. Carla Minardi Campeau :

    Sera and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May your memories give you comfort and peace. God bless you and your family and give you the strength and courage to move forward in your time of sorrow.

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  17. Our sincerest condolences, Lui, to you and your family on the passing of your father. I can still picture your father from all the times that I visited and spent time with your family in Bridgeland. Keep strong my friend.

    Roberto Bruno & Family
    Giovanni & Mara Bruno

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  18. Debbie Gentile :

    Lui and Family.
    You have our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sebastian & Debbie Gentile

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  19. Nicola (Nick) Capparelli :

    We send our condolences to you all in this time of sorrow in the passing of your father.
    May the memories from our younger days help in the heeling of your hearts.
    I still remember going to St Angela with you and riding our bikes and the hockey games we played and your fathers smile reminding us to be home for supper time. Oh the good old days are but memories but we will always remember them.
    God Bless

    Nick Capparelli and Family
    Anita Capparelli

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