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June 19, 1930 – San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy
November 28, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Antonio Oliverio, beloved husband of Giovanna Oliverio (nee Passavanti) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the age of 83 years.

Antonio was born in San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1958, first residing in Fernie, BC then to Calgary. Antonio married Giovanna in 1959. He worked in construction for many years, retiring as a cement finisher for the City of Calgary in 1991.

Antonio is survived by his loving wife Giovanna (nee Passavanti); three sons, Geraldo (Patricia), Tristno (Shelly), and Orlando (Lucina); three daughters, Teresa Oliverio, Anna Yarborough, and Quinta Oliverio; ten grandchildren, Adam, Jennifer, Tony, Tara, Troy, Lisa, Valerie, Abraham, Cody, and Ethan; five great-grandchildren; one brother Guiseppe (Marie) Oliverio; one sister Caterina (Francesco) Cimino; an aunt Maria Turcasso; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and best friend Luciana.

Antonio was predeceased by four brothers, Salvatore, Michele, Giovanni, and Francesco; two sisters, Maria and Vitoria.

He is now playing his accordion for the Heavenly Choir.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:00 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 Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through The family wish to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Unit 81, Foothills Medical Centre for their care.

In living memory of Antonio Oliverio, 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. joe ecathy mancuso :

    joe e cathy mancuso condolince alla famiglia Tony Oliverio nella perdita di un grande amico compagno e grande uomo pregliamo il singnore cheloaccompagna in paradiso dove lui simerita’ diessere dic/01/2013

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  2. Joe and Cathy Arcuri :

    I was so saddened by the news that my Godfather passed away. Godmother, Gerlado Tristano, Orlando, Teresa, Anna and Quinta; please accept my family’s deepest condolences for the loss of a beautiful man who always carried a smile on his face and his heart on his sleeve. The dance floor will not be the same without him. Padrino taught me how to play the accordian. I will always think of you when I play it. He told me the story of how he helped my Dad serenade my Mom. I’m sure my Mom was not the only woman who was at the receiving end of his accordian magic. Rest in peace “Padrino” as I know that you are in a better place playing your Paolo Soprani accordion. The party in Heaven has begun.

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  3. My prayers are with you at this time.

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  4. Carla Minardi Campeau :

    The the Oliverio family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sorrowful time.

    Carla Minardi Campeau

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  5. Brian Tremblay :

    Our deepest condolences. You will bring much joy and happiness to the heavens with your music and big smile.

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  6. Angela McKinnon :

    Auntie & Family, I am so sorry Uncle Tony passed away. It’s hard to believe – an end of an era. When Uncle Tony was in the room, there was a definite presence. You knew he was there. From his black perfectly groomed hair all the way down to his black polished shoes. One thing was guaranteed – it would not be boring. Everybody’s got a favourite, Antonio Oliverio, story. His singing voice was powerful, his accordion playing was incredible. A strong man who wasn’t afraid of anything or anyone; yet caring and concerned for us. He went out of his way many times to help our family. He was a good uncle to me. I remember one day in particular, I was about 4 years old. He came over to our house to visit. Just my mom & I were at home. He greeted me with a smile and a pinch on the cheek. My mom served coffee as they sat at the table chatting. I played on the kitchen floor with my doll. Every few minutes, he made a point of looking over at me & smiled. I will never forget those special smiles that were just for me.

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  7. Teresa Jansen (Vetere) and Allan Jansen :

    It is with sadness to hear of Compari Antonio passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. A mass will be said for Antonio’s soul. Hugs to all. Teresa and Allan

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  8. My prayers & thoughts are with you through these difficult days – months to come. I know “Tony” valued his: FAITH, Family, Life, Song & Dancing. All are moments he GAVE EVERYONE!!
    I’d love to give you a gift of celebrating “Pappa-Tony’s”life and what I learned from my short time with the Family!
    First, his deep commitment to his Beliefs and Family. One Good Friday he wanted to know where everyone in the family was. He expected everyone to remember the gift God had given & our respect was shown by our actions. I learned to stand up for my Beliefs.
    What a PATIENT teacher he could be. He turned my wish into a FAMILY AFFAIR! I learned nursery rhymes, so when next I spoke to my Uncle Marcello, I could sing the ‘Chocolate’ song… Clap clap your little hands, your Pappa brings you chocolate. I learned to LAUGH WITH EVERYONE, especially myself. Laughter chases away the gloomy times. And Music was the icing on the cake! Yes the Heavenly Host has one more great voice in its choir!
    Lastly, Family was not just having a bundle of children. He took time to learn something special about everyone & took great JOY & Pride all your achievements! The very first time I met your family, ‘Pappa-Tony’ must have rhymed off at least 15 – 20 people and didn’t miss a one!
    Again may God’s Blessings be upon you all.

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