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PITTIS, Ernesto

March 9, 1921 – Codroipo, Udine, Italy October 6, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Ernesto Pittis, beloved husband of Emma Pittis (nee Tomini) of Calgary, passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the age of 93 years.

Born in Codroipo, Udine, Italy on March 9, 1921, there, Ernesto met Emma seventy years ago and they were married two years later. He worked in Africa and Arabia for ten years. Ernesto immigrated to Canada in 1955 where he worked for Flesher Marble and Tile until he retired in 1986. In 1963 his wife Emma and his children, Gino, Albertina and Franco, moved to Canada to be with him. In 1966 Rosina was born and the family was complete.

Ernesto became well known for the radicchio that he grew and which he supplied to the Friulano Club for many years. He regularly shared his homemade wine with all his friends and family. He was an avid fisherman and always enjoyed being outdoors and working in his garden.

Ernesto is survived by his wife Emma; his children, Gino (Janet), Albertina (Mike), Franco (Jeanne), and Rosina (Mario); eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Nonno you will always be in our thoughts.
We will never forget you.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E.) on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through We would like to thank the staff at the Mayfair Nursing Home for taking such good care of Ernesto for the last year and a half.

In living memory of Ernesto Pittis, 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. Gennaro Silvestri :

    I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your family
    God bless him and all of you

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  2. Frank & Jeanne Pittis :

    Our wish for you, dear Papa and Nonno, is to forever rest in peace.
    Your life on earth has ended, but our love for you will never cease.
    God has now taken you to heaven up above
    To live with him eternally surrounded by his love.
    A time will come when we will all be together once again
    But we will all miss you very much . . . . . . until then.

    Love always,
    Frank, Jeanne, Jesse, Tanya, Diana, Jared, Lorenzo, Thiago and Givanni

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

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  4. Johanna cussigh :

    Dear Emma and family,
    We will always remember Ernesto as one of kind. Over the years we have thought of you both and how wonderful it was for our nonnis ( Ligio and Amelia) to have had you as friends on their visits to Canada. We shared many happy days and glasses of wine together so many years ago. We pray that your sorrow will pass and that you can once again look joyfully proudly at a life well lived.
    Johanna and Renato Cussigh

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  5. Giorgio & Angela Di Vetta :

    Gino, Janet and Family, we are sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and, as your friends, you are all in our prayers. Your dad, Gino, is now peaceful in a better place.

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  6. Bob and Rose Rokosh :

    Gino, Jan and family;
    Rose and I are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts.

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