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PULLANO, Louis “Luigi”

October 18, 1913 – October 15, 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Louie “Luigi” Pullano on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Rockyview Hospital as the age of 98 years, three days short of his 99th birthday.

Louie was born in Calgary, AB, moving to Winnipeg, MB at a young age. He joined the RCAF in 1943 and upon returning from WWII, Louie was involved in the printing industry until his retirement at the age of 69. He and his beloved wife Gladys returned to Calgary to be closer to his family. Gladys passed away in September of 1996. Louie’s love for sports was unsurpassed. He refereed and coached many local baseball, soccer and Oldtimer hockey teams. His passion was soccer and he was always quick to say he was the oldest officiating referee in Calgary. He received an award from the Calgary Booster Club for his contribution to amateur sports. Louie touched the lives of everyone he met. He will be remembered for his quick wit, generosity and love for life.

Louie is survived by his daughter Joani (Dwight) Schnuth of Calgary; his granddaughter Melissa (Cliff) Bauer of Victoria, BC; and numerous nephews.

In respecting Louie’s wishes, there will be no public funeral service. A Celebration of his life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 285 (9202 Horton Road S.W.) on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. A private family service will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through The family would like to thank the ER staff, Dr. Rose and Dr. Friesen and nurses at Rockyview General Hospital for your kindness and compassion. Our love and thanks to We Care Home Services, especially Shirley for keeping him safe at home, all his coffee pals from Tim Hortons and McDonalds for listening to his jokes over and over again, and especially Dave Fage for being his friend. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made directly to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 285, 9202 Horton Road S.W. T2V 2X4. “The team is now full, third base is occupied”…play well Dad.

In living memory of Louie Pullano, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Cindy (We Care) :

    It is and was my honour and privilege to have spent time with Luigi in his last few months. He was a dedicated soccer fan and we both, along with friends, rooted for Canada during the summer Olympics. We both agreed it was bad officiating but… He put so much effort into getting to his 99/100 birthday party. I will miss our Monday morning meetings. I loved his sense of decication to his country but also to the children he coached. He was proud of everyone of them. He used to say he liked to take children and help them grow. I hope third base is open so he can play forever. Love Cindy

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  2. Pauline Turnbull :

    Joani & Melissa,

    Luigi was a very special person who touched all that he met. He took the greatest joy in his sports and always made dad [Brian] laugh when he told his jokes. I can see them sitting together giggling at the coffee shop. Luigi was a gentle soul who put real meaning into the phrase “enjoy every day”. He loved his family, friends, meeting new people and just being there. I can still hear him straight faced telling people about his mafia ties. We will miss him. His passing will leave a BIG hole in our hearts and lives.

    Love, Pauline & Joan

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  3. Louie (we care) :


    It is a great honour knowing your dad and spending time talking about sports and imparting some of his knowledge about rules of sports and coaching. I’m gonna missed his smiles and laugh.

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  4. Willlie Santamaria :

    Joani and Family,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of a very dear friend Luigi. My children are saddened by his death. Luigi was very close to my family since we just live across his house. May his soul rest in Peace. He’ll be missed by myself and family.
    Willie, Wes, Abbey and Willis Santamaria

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  5. Shirly ( We Care) :

    Joani, Dwight & Melissa
    Louie is more than just a wonderful person. The two months we’ve been friend seems more like two decades we knew each other. We had lots of fun. His jokes made me laugh all the time, our tea party, stories we share, the egg mcmuffin and my chicken soup that he loves, all of these made me smile every time I think of him. My heart is trully saddened of his passing but it leaves an eternal memory. He is always in my daily prayers and he will be missed dearly. May God give you strength!

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