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SAVOIA , Bonomo

January 6, 1922- Ripa Teatina, Italy
July 2, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Bonomo Savoia of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the age of 91 years.

Born on January 6, 1922 in Ripa Teatina in the province of Chieti, Italy, Bonomo married Giovina D’Orazio in 1941 shortly before he left to serve in the Italian army, and as a Carabiniere, in Sicily.
In Italy, the first of his children, Antonio, was born in 1941 ( who passed away two years later ). Franco was born in 1945, Mario in 1947, Maria in 1951 ( who passed away later that same year ), and Gino in 1952.
In search of a better life, he immigrated to Canada in April 1952, found employment with the CPR, and eventually settled in Calgary, where Giovina and their 3 sons joined him on December 23, 1954. Two more children followed; Julio in 1957 and Kathy in 1966. He also increased the size of his family in Calgary by sponsoring his brother in law, Alessandro D’Orazio, his nephew Nicola Savoia, and his parents Maria and Stefano Savoia, to Canada.
He worked many years in construction as a carpenter, supported the development of the Italian Canadian community in Calgary, and eventually retired in 1987 after 15 years as a school caretaker. After retirement, he continued to enjoy the company of his friends, making wine, gardening and fishing while continuing to try and improve his life, and that of his family.

He leaves to mourn his children Franco (Barbara), Mario (Susan), Julio(Pam),Kathy(Scott) and Gino; seven grandchildren: Matthew (Christa), Marc (Trisha), Robert, Danielle, Stefano, Monica and Julia; and six great grandchildren: Rhiana, Ethan, Jaden, MacKenzie, Natalie, Samantha; nephew Nicola (Maria); brother-in-law Alessandro (Anna); and their extended families in Canada and Italy.

Bonomo is pre-deceased by his children Antonio and Maria; brother Camillo; his mother and father, Maria and Stefano; daughter-in-law Beverly Savoia; his loving wife, Giovina; a number of in-laws in Chieti and cousins in Cleveland, Ohio.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church (711 37th Street N.W.) on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Red Cross Society, Southern Alberta Region, 2nd Floor, 1305 – 11st Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 3P6, Telephone: (403) 541-6100, www.redcross.ca for the Calgary Flood Relief Fund. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bonomo Savoia, 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. Debora L Hart :

    2013 July 4

    To Kathy, Franco, Gino and all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of loss. May all the memories comfort you as you say good bye to your father. We at Sarcee Unit 3 enjoyed taking care of your Dad. He made us laugh, and some days he “kept us on our toes”, but we always cared about him very much. We enjoyed his stories, subtle jokes and warm smile. It was an honor to have met Bonomo and some of his family, we enjoyed having him at Sarcee Unit 3. I believe people are always in our lives for a reason. May God hold you all in His Grace, comfort you and give you strength at this time of Loss. Sincerely Debbie H Unit 3 Sarcee

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  2. Leo &Yvonne Polini :

    Dear Kathy and all the Savoia Family.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time of loss. Our condolences to you all.

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  3. joe ecathy mancuso :

    OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. THINKING OF YOU DURING THIS SAD TIME.
    JOE CATERINA MANCUSO

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  4. James (Jim) Templeton :

    Dear Franco and Family, Laurie and I pass on our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. Although he lived to the age of 91 there is never a good time to have a parent pass on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
    Laurie and Jim Templeton

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  5. Iolanda Gaspari :

    On behalf of my mother Iolanda, we wish to extend our condolonces to all of Bonomo`s family. Iolanda and Giuseppe were close freinds and shared many times together after they arrived to work on the CPR in the Banff areas.
    My mom has been recalling all of those great memories with us.
    Tony

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  6. Erika Janz (Berndt) :

    Dear Franco, Mario, Gino, Julio and Kathy,
    My deepest condolences to all of you at this sorrowful time of your dad’s passing. May you all find comfort in the many wonderful memories of your dear father. I also will always remember your whole family as dear friends and next-door-neighbors on McDougall Road. Now both of your parents have a new home in heaven as do both of mine.
    May God bless you all.
    Erika Janz

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  7. Giuseppe Portincasa :

    The community has lost a great person in Calgary. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  8. Kathy, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your father. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies at this difficult time. Julie Vine

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  9. Garry and Suzanne Belisle :

    Mario and Susan

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    May God bless

    Garry and Sue Belisle

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  10. Bernd & Yvonne Ennig :

    Gino and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you to be strong as you work through this as a family.

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  11. The Neufeld Family :

    Dear Kathy and family, know that we pray for you and your family. Sorry for the loss of your father…..grandfather to Monica and Julia….take care, Susan, Tom, Molly and Mimi

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  12. Anne and Warren Fitch :

    Dear Kathy and Scott,

    Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family. So sorry for the loss of your father…We will keep your family in our prayers.

    Anne, Warren, William and Juliette

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  13. The Viani family :

    Kathy,we are so sorry about your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  14. Gino – Jackie and I send our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. Ray.

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