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LECCE, Francesco (Frank)

July 6, 1946 – Cervicati, Italy
May 23, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Francesco beloved husband of Pauline of Calgary, AB passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the age of 66 years.

It is with deepest regret that we announce the sudden passing of Francesco Lecce.

Francesco (Frank) Lecce was born in Cervicati, Cosenza, Italy on July 6, 1946. As a graduated journeyman electrician, he emigrated to Toronto, ON. Canada in 1968. There he worked for Ontario Hydro before relocating to Calgary, AB in 1974. While running his own electric company, he raised his family. In 1983, he and his first wife, Vittoria established a gourmet food and culinary shop – A Touch of Italy. The community embraced this business which allowed his import and wholesale distribution ventures to flourish. Frank was passionate about his Italian heritage and was actively involved in the community at large. His primary focus was dedicated to spending time with the Italian seniors who were integral in establishing the Italian community. He had a deep love for travel and meeting people from all over the world. In 2005, he and Pauline were married. Frank, Pauline and daughter, Caroline, travelled extensively and lived in the UK as well as Asia. Since their return to Calgary, Frank genuinely enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Lauren, Christian, and Sofia. He truly loved his family and dear friends. Frank’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all family and friends, with special thanks to the amazing ICU team at the Foothills Medical Centre. He will be dearly missed.

Beside his loving wife, Pauline, Frank is remembered by his daughters, IsaBelle Lecce (Jefri) Saliba of Calgary, AB, and Caroline Nhan of London, ON; his son, Lorenzo Lecce (Jacolyn Smart)of Calgary, AB; his grandchildren, Lauren, Christian and Sophia. He is also survived by his father, Lorenzo (Nicodemo) Lecce; his brothers, Raffaele, Joe and Tonino Lecce. Frank was predeceased by his mother, Ada Salerno and his sister, Isabelle (Emilia) Lecce.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, May 27, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish (formerly Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Catholic Church) (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E.) on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Francesco Lecce, 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. Angela Ambrosino and Jason Hackett :

    Our deepest condolences. All of our love and our prayers are with your family. Frank was a great man who had a special twinkle in his eyes that showed all that he met how great life is. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered.

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  2. Rocco Romano :

    My deepest condolences to the Lecce family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Rocco Romano

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  3. Lucy Cerato :

    To all of you, we are so so saddened to hear of Frank’s passing – he was always bigger than life and we will all miss him. He will always be a most treasured memory to my family. With love and prayers to you all, Lucy & family

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  4. Silvia D'Alfonso Allan and Scott Allan :

    Caroline, Lorenzo, IsaBelle and families,

    Scott and I were very sad to hear of Frank’s passing. It’s hard to believe that he is gone as it was only a month ago when we last saw him. We will always remember his kindness, generosity, big heart, but most of all his smile. He has left a lasting imprint on the Italian community and his spirit will live on. Sending you our condolences and prayers.

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  5. Lisa, MariaAngela and Francesca Ambrosino :

    Sorry for your loss

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  6. Catherine & David :

    It is with deep regret to hear of Frank’s passing this week. He was a man of passion who you could not ignore. Frank will be missed by many!
    Our condolences to the whole family.
    Catherine & David

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  7. Jorge Dascollas :

    My deepest condolences to Frank’s family. I met Frank a couple of years ago but his friendly and joyful personality made me feel like I knew him for very many years. Having being born in Argentina and Frank in Italy we often exchanged stories and had many laughs about the similarities of our countries and cultures. I will certainly miss having an espresso with Frank at ATOI.

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  8. Terry Burton :

    Frank was such a special person, his warm personality and great smile will always be in my heart. My deepest prayers and thoughts are with all of the family and extended family and friends. Always keep him in your heart, this way he will always be with all of us!

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  9. Rocco Bartolotti :

    Frank was an amazing man that always made me smile, I cherish the friendship we had. My deepest condolences to his family, Frank will be greatly missed.

    Rocco Bartolotti

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  10. Diamond K. Adatia :

    My family and staff join me in praying for the soul of Frank Lecce. Frank was a truly lively gentleman with a laugh and a smile even in the gravest of moments. Frank was a really good friend and wished for the good of everyone around him. We are truly saddened by his untimely demise and pray for his soul and strength to the family that he raised with such care and pride.

    Diamond and Amina Adatia and Famiy and the staff of Diamond K. Adatia Prof Corp.

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  11. So sad to hear this. Frank was a huge personality and such a joy to be around. Our prayers and thoughts are with Frank’s family.

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  12. RINO & ANNA CALABRESE :

    To Pauline & Lecce family, our deepest condolences for the sudden loss of your beloved husband, father, and nonno. Rino & Anna Calabrese ……. forever remembered.

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  13. Evangelos & Anna Mylonas :

    Our deepest condolences, may his memory be eternal.

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  14. Lisa (Conforti) Zissos and family :

    Our sincere condolences to the Lecce family. Frank was such a warm and welcoming man – he will be missed by all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  15. I send my deepest condolences to Frank’s family. Really sorry to know about his passing, I will always remember his beautiful smile, his nice personality and his passion for coffee that we shared many times.

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  16. Jennifer Percival :

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this incredibly difficult time.

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  17. Al & Jeanne Boule :

    Pauline, Caroline & Lecce Family

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. We remember Frank’s many kindnesses to our family and his most wonderful personality. May God be with you at this very difficult time.

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  18. Gennaro Silvestri :

    I was blessed to have known Frank for many years. Always had a smile and was happy to see you.
    He is in my heart and will be truly missed

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  19. Carlo & Liz Duri :

    Lorenzo , Jacolyn and Family
    Please accept our deepest sympathy, May God be with you at this very difficult time.

    Carlo, Liz & Family Duri

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  20. joe ecathy mancuso :

    joe e cathy mancuso condolence alla famiglia Lecce for the loss of frank

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  21. mary silvaniuk :

    With our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family.

    God bless, Mary, Tyler and Nevada Silvaniuk

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  22. Veronique & Bouquet family :

    Pauline & Lecce Family

    We are thinking about you & sharing your sadness. Frank had a great presence and personality. Pauline, everytime I make spaghetti, I make it the “Frank’s way” like you taught me to. We will always remember him.

    Love from all the Bouquet family.

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  23. Dave Thomas :

    Pauline… No words can help the loss you are feeling today. Just be aware that I am here to help you through this loss in any way I can…. Dave

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  24. David L. Neill :

    Very saddened to learn of Frank’s passing, particularly at his age. Frank was a tenant of ours in a couple of projects over the years. Always cheerful and enthusiastic, a pleasure to deal with, he will be missed. A momentum from Frank was his introduction to me of bocce – I still have the bocce balls that he provided to me many, many, years ago, which I treasure and periodically enjoy.
    David L. Neill

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  25. Gianfelice and Serina Calabrese :

    To Frank’s family – We were very saddened to hear of this unfortunate news and we wish you strength during this difficult time. Lorenzo – our times together growing up will never be forgotten and it is difficult to know that the father of one of my old friends has passed so suddenly, especially since he was a close friend of my own father. I cannot imagine having something like this happen so unexpectedly. I wish I could be there to give you my condolences in person, but unfortunately, I am out of town. Take care.

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  26. Neil Abraham :

    Pauline our deepest sympathy and condolences from myself and the Spectra Project Team to you and your family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you….. Neil

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  27. Susan M Denike :

    My heart goes out to all of you at this time of sorrow. Frank was a huge supporter to me at the beginning of my biscotti business …. I will always be grateful to him for that.
    In time… I wish you all great peace.
    Susan

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  28. Minh An, Chris, Nguyet, & Cuong :

    Di Chi, Caroline & Lecce Family

    We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss and would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Our hearts go out to you all during this difficult time.

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  29. Ann Rizzo and Family :

    To Rita, Vicky and the Lecce family,

    I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. Frank was a kind, respectful and honourable man to the Camerlengo family. I am grateful for his kindness in which he has demonstrated not only to the Camerlengo family but to all who were part of in his life. A great family man indeed.

    To the Lecce and Camerlengo family, may you find strength, love and support in the arms of Jesus Christ, during this difficult time. May He comfort you and give you peace.

    God Bless you.

    Ann Rizzo and Family

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  30. Maria Mastruzzo :

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Frank was a very dear friend of ours and he will truly be missed. We were lucky to have him visit us in Toronto a few weeks ago and as always he was his smiling, warm, and easy going self that we are all so fond of. His memory will always stay close to our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With Love, Gesualdo, Nuccia, Maria, Francesco, & Christina Mastruzzo.

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  31. Helen Kelley :

    Pauline, Carolyn and Lecce families I cannot believe that your Frank has gone. I will miss his cheery personality and his total calm when in his presence. He was a genuine, kind and considerate man. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this extremely difficult time. Please do not hesitate to call on me if there is anything I can do…….. Helen

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  32. A.R.Dippolito :

    OUR Deepest sympathy May God be with you at this difficult time.aurelia rick dippolito!!

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  33. Pietro sarro :

    Sentite condoglianze.
    Famiglia Sarro

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  34. Jelena Krnic :

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Francesko Leccce’s family.We were lucky to have him in our lives, Miso, Darko and Jelena Krnic

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  35. Irena and Pred :

    Dear Pauline and Caroline, our heart is with you….Irena and Pred

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  36. Roberto Bruno and family :

    Pauline, our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and all of Frank’s family. Every encounter with Frank was a joyous and fun time for me and my family. I will miss our little chats… Our thoughts and prayers are with you all… Roberto.

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  37. Steve & Therese Mitchell Cox :

    Pauline and Caroline,

    Therese and I offer our deepest condolences for the premature loss of Franco.

    We will be with you tomorrow for Franco’s Funeral Mass.

    Therese and Steve

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  38. Ron and Pat Cradock :

    Dear Lorenzo and family – we are shocked and saddened to hear of Frank’s sudden passing. We have always enjoyed our association with him and everyone involved in ATOI. We have been made to feel very welcome each time we visited, and his warmth, generosity and friendliness kept us coming back. Frank instilled in you and his employees those same traits and we will miss him very much. We send our most sincere condolences to you all.

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  39. Tim, Jane and Evan Douglas :

    Too Early, far too early!!!
    Frank would always be happy to see you offer you the best cappuccino and have one with you and tell you a story. “They say you can’t take it with you, but all I know, I woke this morning and something BIG was gone”

    We will miss you!!!!!

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  40. Joe & Lida Bellusci :

    vi mandiamo le piu’sincere condoglianze per la grande perdita del caro Francesco. Lui vi guardera’dal paradiso con il suo sorriso

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  41. Marion Ferreira :

    Frank’s legacy will live on in the hearts and memories of the many lives that he touched. We are blessed to have known this gracious gentleman. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Pauline and Frank’s families. Love always…Marion & Karman

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  42. Pauline and Caroline, please accept my deepest condolences.
    May God be with you at this very difficult time.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all

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  43. Frank and Annette Bonafede :

    We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of a wonderful man, Frank Lecce. He will always be remembered for his kindness and his warm and gentle manner which touched so many lives in the Italian community. Our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

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  44. Sincerest condolences. I was very shocked to hear of Frank’s sudden passing and have many fond memories of him from when we first met at a Touch of Italy. May he rest in peace.

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  45. Diane Soucy :

    Please accept my sincere condolences .

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  46. Luigi & Franca Torriero :

    Our most sincere condolences to all of Franks’s family. Frank was a kind and generous man who was always a pleasure to speak to.

    God Bless.

    Luigi & Franca Torriero

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  47. Julia Denis :

    My sincerest condolences to you, the immediate family for your loss of such a loved man, Frank Lecce to me.

    There are no words to say with such a sudden loss. I am void/empty. I only can imagine how each one of you feel in your hearts and minds. I continue to pray for you and a phone call away should you need any support. Many a prayer and love, Julia Denis

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  48. Penny & Todd Roth :

    Pauline and Family, our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you….
    Penny and Todd

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  49. Xuan-Mai , Blake and Elizabeth Ta :

    Pauline, my dearest friend,
    We are shocked and saddened to hear of your beloved Frank’s sudden passing. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    With love.

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  50. Angela Orizzonte :

    Though we met only a few times in the past, I remember his bright, smiling face and warm welcome. Energetic, with a zest for life, family and Italian culture, there are memories I will cherish of him. May God welcome him back with open arms. May He grant Frank’s family and friends some comfort in knowing that when they hear the sound of a breeze or wind it is Frank’s spirit whispering:”Non sentire troppo la mia mancanza. Dove sono e’ bello ed io sto bene.”

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  51. Kerri and Danny Plewis :

    Pauline, My deepest condolence and sympanthy to you and your family!! You will always carry Frank in your heart as there is not a greater love then true love! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  52. Ann Rizzo and Family :

    To Rita, Vicky and the Lecce family,

    My sincere and deepest condolences to you and your families. Frank was a kind, respectful, considerate man and I am grateful for his kindness and support to the Camerlengo family. May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. May the memories of Frank fill your hearts with love and peace.

    Always remembered….never forgotten. Sincerely,
    Ann Rizzo and Family. Maple, Ontario.

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  53. Barbara Cassidy :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you now.

    Teata Cassidy, Barbara Cassidy, David Cassidy and family

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  54. Joe Megliola :

    Dear Lorenzo and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of visiting with your father at A Touch of Italy. Sincere condolences.

    Joe

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  55. Faustina Damis :

    Per la famiglia Lecce,
    Di fronte a un dolore cosi’ grande non ci sono parole adeguate. Il suo ricordo vivra’ con noi per sempre.
    Con Tanto Affetto Faustina Damis

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  56. Dear Lorenzo &, Isabelle
    Lauren, Christian and Sophia Vittoria, family and friends.

    “I am saddened to hear of your father’s passing. He was loved and respected by everyone who met him. I hope you can find peace in the wonderful life he has lived, and although he has gone there’s a wonderful piece still living on in YOU your sister and your children.
    “Please accept my heartfelt sympathy; your dad will remain in the hearts of many.
    My thoughts, love and prayers are with your family during this trying time, l wish l was present to give you all a heartfelt hug.
    He will be dearly missed. ”God’s Grace, God’s Peace, God Speed, may he rest in peace.
    ”Bene Sempre a la tua fimilia

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  57. Marlene & Bain Spielman :

    How sad that Frank is no longer with us. My heart goes out to his wife and all his family. I would stop and visit Frank at Touch of Italy. I have many fond memories of great conversations about what was happening world wide. Frank was never shy about sharing his views. What a wise and gentle man, may he rest in peace

    Marlene Spielman

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  58. Norm Wolf, Riva Wolf :

    Mom just told me about the passing of Frank. It came as a shock to the both of us and we would like to extend our humblest sympathies to the family on the loss of a very nice man and loving father. He will surely be missed by all that knew him. May the memory of him last through the ages and his heritage be never forgotten.

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  59. Laura Fabbro/Dana Peers :

    We are so sorry to hear of Franks passing. We only saw him 8 weeks ago and shared with him the loss of our son,he was truly saddened . From our experience we know that he is in a beautiful place amongst family and friends. His warm gentle manner will always be in our hearts. Peace be with you as you go forth on this difficult journey.
    Laura Fabbro/DanaPeers

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  60. Linda Kettles :

    Pauline,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    My deepest condolences.

    Linda

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