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VIGNA – Frank S.

November 1, 1950 – January 26, 2011

Frank S Vigna, beloved husband of Gina of Calgary, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 surrounded by family at the age of 60 years.

Frank was born in Sartano, Cosenza, Italy. He immigrated to Canada in 1953 with his mother and sister to meet his father who had begun their new life in Calgary. Frank started working in the printing industry at 13 and retired forty-five years later. In 1976 he married his life’s partner Gina, and celebrated 34 years together and were blessed with three children. Frank was an avid sports fan and participated and coached baseball, hockey, football, hunting and golf. He loved camping, traveling and the art of wine making. He looked forward to social events and was a great story teller. The last three years spent with his grandchildren were the highlight of his life. He will be genuinely missed by his family and friends.

Frank is survived by his wife Gina; three children, Roberto (Jennifer), Ava Caputo (Mario) and Dario; grandchildren, Alessio, Marcello and Carmen; his father Luigi; and his sister Mary Masocco (Louie). He is also survived by his mother-in-law Elisa Petrillo; sisters-in-law, Gina Vigna and Liliana Belvedere (Nino); nieces, Dianna Staffa (Carlo), Claudia Laratta (Joe), Lisa Mungo (Tony), Carina and Marisa Vigna; and nephew Michael Belvedere.

Frank was predeceased by his mother Paolina; his brother John; and his father-in-law Carmine Petrillo.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Frank Vigna, 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. Josephine Gionet (Mazzei) & Family :

    God’s strength and our thoughts and prayers for you all at this difficult time.

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  2. Julie and Ken McKeeman :

    Gina and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Keep your memories close to you, it will comfort you in these times of sorrow. Our condolences.
    Giuliana and Ken

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  3. Joe and Maria Wood :

    At times like this there are never the right words to say. Please accept our deepest sympathy and hold tight to memories for comfort and to lean on your family and friends for strength during these trying times . Frank you will be missed but never forgotten. REST IN PEACE Joe

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  4. Gina, Robbie, Ava and Dario,

    I am so sorry for you loss. Frank was such a wonderful man. His family truly was the most important thing to him. I am praying for all of you during this difficult time.
    Shannon

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  5. John and Irene Johnson :

    Gina and Family,
    Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you through this very difficult time. Frank, you will always be remembered for your outgoing personality and your great sense of humour. Rest in Peace. John and Irene

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  6. Linda & Philip Blasetti :

    Rob, Jen and Families,
    Please accept our heartfelt and sincere condolences as you suffer the loss of your precious Father and Grandfather. Let the memories of his life, well lived, fill the Treasure Chest of your hearts. We will pray for all of you as you struggle through the days to come. May God bless you all.
    Sincerely, Philip & Linda Blasetti

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  7. Heartfelt sympathy to you Gina and all your family. May you feel the love and support of your family and friends at this time, and know that you are not alone.

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  8. Barbara Stein :

    Dario,
    I’m sending my strength, my prayers and my condolences to you, your Mom, brother and sister. Love B

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  9. Lillian Belvedere :

    Gina, Robbie, Ava and Dario:

    One of my fondest memories of Frank has to be when he first sang “Ringo” to us around the campfire at our BC homestead. We eventually learned the words, and began singing with him. Great memories, God bless you all.

    Liliana

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  10. Frank & Marie Russo :

    Gina and families, Sincere sympathies and may the prayers and comfort from family and friends help you all through this very difficult time. May Our Lord grant him eternal rest and peace…

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  11. Pina & Tony Rino and Family :

    Gina, Robbie, Ava, Dario and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Frank was such a wonderful and special man. Like so many others, we will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  12. Donna Albrecht :

    Although I haven’t seen Frank in years the stories of working with Frank often cross my mind. He was a great person who will be greatly missed. Prayers go out for your family.

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  13. Mike Mac Isaac :

    I would like to offer my condolences to Frank’s family. I met Frank through Little League Baseball and we had good coaching times together. Frank was also pleased whenever I talked to him about his dad. Frank’s dad and I worked together and his dad taught me a lot. Frank showed a lot of the great characteristics his dad had. My thoughts are with you, Mike

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  14. Anna Vigilante-Meyes :

    Dear Gina and family:
    We would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences on the sudden passing of Frank. May the memories that you have etched onto your hearts provide comfort and strength during this time of sorrow and great loss.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

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  15. Terri and Allan Jansen :

    Gina and families
    It is with sadness that we heard of Frank’s recent passing and offer our sincere sympathy. Frank was a very special person full of life and laughter sharing stories and goodness always. He will always be remembered for his gentle kindness. Our prayers go out for Frank and all those loved ones left behind that Frank loved and those who loved him dearly.

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  16. Dina (Mattucci) Mancini :

    Dear Gina and family,
    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences. Family, friends, memories and prayer will comfort you.

    Dina (Mattucci) Mancini and family

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  17. Jack and Paola Olivieri :

    Gina..This is so sad..Rob, Ava, Dario and all of your family, from the pit of my heart we want to express our sincere condolonces, as we will allways remember Frank for his vibrant personality, spontaniuos jokes and laughs, intelligent conversations, who welcomed friendships since the day I met him in High School. Frank will be greatly missed. Jack

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  18. Licia and Giuseppe Mazzei :

    Remembering you in thought and prayer, and asking God to bring you comfort and strength in this difficult time.

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  19. I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. I know that at times like these, the love and support of your family and friends is what gives you strength. I know you have that love so take comfort in the memories of your father and the love you shared together.

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  20. John and Jackie (Amantea) Kleiner :

    So very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing, we extend our sympathies to all of you.

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  21. Lydia and Colin Sloan :

    Gina, Rob, Ava, Dario and family, we are so, so sad of this news. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Frank was a terrific person and will always be remembered by us. We will truly miss him. Colin and Lydia

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  22. Anna & Reg Brandt :

    Dear Gina and family
    We are so very sad to hear of your loss, Frank was such a wonderful person and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you. If we can help in any way please do not hesitate to ask. God bless you and your family at this difficult time

    Love Anna and Reg Brandt

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  23. Diane Seguin Hare :

    Dear Dario,
    Tom and I will remember your father in our prayers. We express our most sincere condolances to you, your mother and your family. May God give you strength and courage.

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  24. Tino and Robin DiManno :

    Gina, Robbie, Ava, Dario and family. We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

    Our Condolences,

    Tino, Robin, Marc, and Melissa.

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  25. Anthony Mancini :

    Dear Dario and Family,

    We cannot find the words, but our thoughts are with you all.
    Anthony and Adam Mancini

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  26. Gina and families. I was informed of your tragic loss last evening, and will not be back in Calgary in time for the services. I considered Frank more than a client or supervisor. He was a friend in the time I dealt with (and worked with) him until our careers separated. It puts things into perspective in that I wish I had kept in touch the past few years. He always put family first and was obviously very proud of you all. I am sure he still is as you deal with this unexpected tragedy. Best wishes and kind thoughts to all of you!

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  27. Lino Savino and Shawna Best :

    Our sincerest condolences go out to the whole Vigna family, Frank will be sorely missed.

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  28. Rina Cain (nee Bitonti) :

    Our sincerest condolences go out to the Vigna family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rina (nee Bitonti) & Brian Cain
    Prince George, B.C.

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  29. Janine Samuelson :

    Ava and Family
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you – I am so sorry that I am unable to attend the service. Frank was a very special person, I feel honoured to have known him.

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  30. Roberto, Dario and family, I only met your dad on two occaisions, but both times felt like I knew him for much longer. My greatest condolences go to your entire family.

    Matthew Eidt

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  31. Lidia & Tony Izzo :

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Vigna family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lidia & Tony

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  32. Amanda Standen :

    Dearest Gina and family, it is with the deepest sorrow to have to be writing this. Frank was a wonderful man – our memories of him, you and Dario are very strong – we remember fondly the days of our son Michael playing hockey against you at Westwood, Frank’s competitive spirit was such fun, the Christmas celebrations we’d share while both Frank and Derek were employed at “Ronalds/Quebecor” are often talked about. Our sincerest condolences – Frank’s passing is such a great loss – our love to you and your family, stay strong and remember all those great times he gave you! With fondest love – Amanda and Derek Standen

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  33. shannon&ronny belvedere :

    Gina, Robbie, Eva, Dario and family,

    We were deeply saddened on learning of the passing of Frank. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time. Frank was a true gentleman. He will be missed.

    Shannon & Ronny Belvedere

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  34. Nancy, Enzo, Luca and Genevieve :

    Dear Gina and Family,
    There are no words which can truly express our heartfelt sorrow at Frank’s passing. While we were not able to be there in person, we were with you in spirit. We are keeping you in our prayers and hope that God will give you peace and strength during this difficult time.
    With much Love,
    The Calamo Family

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  35. Dear Gina and Family
    I just heard of and am saddened at the news of Frank’s passing.
    My deepest heartfelt sympathies to you at this most difficult time. I treasure the memories of the times Frank and I shared in our younger days.

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  36. Don Halverson :

    Gina and family my heart goes out to you and yours.
    Frank was my dear friend for many years we spent our youth having fun and growing up together.
    There was a huge group of us that hung around and played poker and had a great friend in Frank he will be dearly missed

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