It is with deep regret and sorrow that we announce the passing of Leo Vespa. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 surrounded by his family.
Leo is survived by his loving wife Emma of forty-three years, son Carlo (Sylvia), daughter Anna (John), and three grandchildren Lea, Marcus and Julian; one brother Domenico and numerous nieces and nephews all of Calgary. Leo was born in S. Stefano di Sessanio-L’Aquila Italy on March 22, 1936. Spent his youth in Italy and when he was eighteen moved to Belgium to work in the coal mines. In 1961, he immigrated to Canada to begin his new journey in life, where he was employed by CP Rail for thirty years. In 1962, he met his loving wife Emma and six months later they were married. In 1965 Leo and Emma were blessed with their son Carlo and six years later blessed with their daughter Anna. Leo had many pleasures and passions for life. He was an active member of the Calgary Italian Club. Leo had an amazing zest for life – he loved to laugh, dance, and travel. Leo had an incredible ability to make friends wherever he went. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. We love him, we will miss him and he will always be in our hearts.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Catholic Church (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E.) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #105, 7500 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 0L9 Telephone: (403) 266-0620 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th St. N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
A special thanks to everyone that took the time to call and visit as well as all the staff at the Foothills Medical Centre.
In living memory of Leo Vespa, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences