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SHAFER, Matteo Joseph

SHAFER, Matteo Joseph
March 2, 2007 – Calgary, AB
July 17, 2016 – Calgary, AB

Matteo Shafer, beloved 9 year old son of Carla and Kent Shafer and brother of Domenic, of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church (1714 – 14th Avenue NE) on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In honour of Matteo, we would like all attendees to wear blue, his favourite colour to Prayers and Mass.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, #270, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 265-9039, www.childrenswish.ca.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Matteo Shafer, 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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Condolence Messages

  1. Alessio, Valentino, Viktoria and Marcello Orizzonte

    Carla, Kent and Domenic,

    Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Matteo. Although Matteo’s life was short, the impression he left on our family was great. His spirit, kindness and beautiful smile will forever live on in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you all.

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  2. When I spoke to Makaila and Jackson about the passing of Matteo Jackson asked “Mommy why did God take Matteo so soon?” I replied I don’t know buddy … he paused for a moment and said “God must have needed a really good friend in Heaven because Matteo was a really good friend to me ”
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Lena Tityk, Makaila & Jackson Keon

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  3. Mario and Marlaine

    Memories of those we love remain with us always. Given time, may they bring you comfort, warmth and peace.
    At this saddest of times our prayers and special thoughts are with you all.

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  4. angela/ugo orizzonte

    Our deepest, deepest condolences to you Carla, Kent and Dominic. Matteo was truly a gift from God. We were honored to be part of his life and he leaves nothing but goodness behind. We love you and will cherish his memories. His legacy to us will be to live a better life, loving more intensely our family members, friends and everyone we meet. Tina and Joe now have another angel to watch over us in the love of God. May God grant you the strength and faith to endure your loss, remembering the caring, the loving, the giving of himself that Matteo brought with him, just like Christ.

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  5. Maria Iandolo

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    All my love always, Mary Iandolo

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  6. Lisa, Adriana and Darrin Witt

    He was so very, very special
    And was so from the start
    You held him in your arms
    But mainly in your heart
    And like a single drop of rain
    That on still waters fall,
    His life did ripples make
    And touched the lives of all.
    He’s gone to play with angels
    In heaven up above
    So keep your special memories
    And treasure. them with love
    Although your darling Son
    Was with you just a while
    He’ll live on in your heart
    With a sweet remembered smile

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  7. Dino Cucciniello

    Our Condolences to you & your family during this hardship, our prayers are with you and your family. Love Dino & Diana Cucciniello & family

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  8. Rob, Angela, Joseph and Naya Astorino

    Dear Kent, Carla and Domenic,
    We are so sorry for the loss of sweet Matteo. We will always remember him with love. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Elodie Djiote Nana

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.

    Elodie&Family

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  10. Tonya Macgillivray

    Carla, Kent, Domenic, and family-
    I was so saddened to hear if Matteo’s passing. Our St. Alphonsus family prayed and will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Matteo was a brave and strong warrior and he had an amazing and beautiful impact on those around him. I am sorry that I will not be there in person to extend my support as I am in NS, but know that I am there in spirit to celebrate Matteo’s too-short life! Hugs to Domenic. God bless you all.

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  11. Toni Limongiello

    Dear Carla & Family
    Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.

    I imagine there is no pain more far reaching and deeper than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

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  12. Mike, Marianne and Natalia Ambrogiano

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  13. Carrie and Kaz Matsumoto

    Carla, Kent and Domenic,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Matteo’s passing. Our hearts are breaking for you all. Sending love and hugs to you and your family.

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  14. Sylvia and Dom Marra

    To Carla, Kent, Domenic and extended family:
    It is with such great sadness and broken hearts that we offer our condolences on the passing of Matteo. Heaven has been blessed with the addition of such a sweet angel to watch over your family. May we all remember his smile and gentle nature and may God give you strength to find peace, joy and love in his memory.
    With all our love and deepest sympathies, Dom, Sylvia, Domenico, Massimo and Marcello Marra

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  15. Sherri, Colby, Griffin, Myla, Ryder and Rankin Sweeney

    Karla and family Matteo is a shining light that will never go out. He was a warrior that fought until the end. My kids and myself included will miss his sweet smile and glowing personality.I know this is not easy for you all but keep faith knowing he is with his eternal father now. Rip Matteo hugs to you all.

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  16. Julie and Bruno Olivieri

    May you find solace in knowing that your son is with the angels and that his suffering is no more. There are no words that could adequately express how deeply saddened we are for your loss. May time bring you healing and comfort.

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  17. Carla, Kent and Domenic,

    I am so sorry to hear of Matteo’s passing. I was blessed to teach Matteo in kindergarten and watch him grow. He was such a delightful little man, and made every day brighter with his smile and laughter. May God hold you all in his hands at this time and support you. Love you.

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  18. Barbara-Anne,Les &Family

    Our deep sadness to Kent ,Carla, Domenic, Kerry ,Roy and Family.
    Our hearts are with you.
    Love Barb Les, Natalie Mike and L J

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  19. Wendy & Daryl

    There are no words to describe our sadness. I hope the good memories will help wash away your pain. Huge hugs!

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  20. May God give you the strength through this very difficult time.

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  21. Nancy and Jeff Krar

    Our deepest condolences. Love and peace to your family.

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  22. Anna and Leo Kalika (Spadafora)

    So sorry for your loss of your sweet boy. My heart goes out to you at this very difficult time. Sending you big hugs.

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  23. Alessia and Robert Williams

    We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Matteo. We have you all in our prayers, may he rest in peace. You will forever have an angel by your sides.

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  24. Dear Carla, Kent, Dom and all the family

    Our deepest condolences to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time.
    Dwayne, Stephanie, Baillie, Meadow, Keagen Sereda

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  25. Angela, Andy, Joel and Antonio Kancsal

    Dear Carla, Kent and Domenic,
    Words can not express the sorrow and pain we feel for the loss of beautiful Matteo.
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this most difficult time .
    With our deepest sympathy and much love,
    Angela, Andy, Joel and Antonio

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  26. Lauren, Carmine, Sophia & Mya Pascale

    Carla, Kent & Domenic

    Our hearts are broken with the news of Matteo.
    He will always be carried in our hearts and remembered with joy and his sweet face will always remain in our heads. If you need anything at all we are happy to help, please don’t hesitate to ask. We would love to take Domenic out to Calaway park with our kids or to a movie , what ever he would like to do. Love you guys a lot and you are in our hearts and prayers. Xoxo.

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  27. Carla , Kent and Domenic
    I am so sad for your loss. Matteo was such a beautiful child and I can not begin to imagine the pain you must feel.
    Know that you are surrounded with love and support .
    I will continue to pray that you may find healing in time.

    Matteo is still very much alive..
    God Bless xoxo
    Nina Jirjis

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  28. Mark and Yumi Cupido

    Dear Kent and Carla,

    We are deeply sadden by the loss of Matteo. Our thoughts and prayers were with him in his brave fight.

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  29. There are no words to describe your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carla,Kent and Domenic. God has gained a beautiful little angel to watch over all of you.

    Hug and kisses
    Frank, Rose and Maria Spadafora

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  30. Calvin and Tihana Schmidt and family

    Kent ,Carla, Domenic, Kerry ,Roy and Family

    We are so saddened to hear of Matteo’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and wished strength, peace and faith.

    .

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  31. Tony and Paola Costante

    Carla, Kent and Domenic,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful little Matteo. We never met Matteo however, working with you Carla at St. Ambrose, I will never forget your kindness and sense of humour…truly a one-of-a-kind beautiful gal. We can only imagine how incredibly special and beautiful your Matteo was. We can’t begin to understand the tremendous sadness that you feel. No parent should ever endure losing a child. May the beautiful moments you shared with your Son, bring you comfort, a smile and peace in your heart. Sending you love and prayers during this most difficult time.

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  32. Ambrosone Family

    Carla, Kent and Domenic,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts. We hope that the wonderful memories you shared with Matteo will help you to get through this very difficult time. With our love
    Zio Frank & Zia Emily, Marino, Karen & Mike and Mirella & Kelsey

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  33. Angelo & Franca De Michele & Family

    Kent, Carla, & Family
    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you during this difficult time. May God bring you strength and courage, and may you always have peace with your cherished memories.

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  34. Tony and Stephanie Pennetta

    Dearest Carla, Kent, and Dominic,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss, words cannot express. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel who will be with you always. Little Matteo will forever be in our hearts.

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  35. Annamaria Moffat

    Carla and Kent we are completely heartbroken & are without words for you and your family. May Matteo rest safe in God arms always. Sending our condolences & love Joe, Antonietta, Patty, Tony Testa, Annamaria & Kevin Moffat

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  36. Liam and Cole

    Words cannot express how sad are right now. A hole has been left in our lives, but you will be in our hearts forever. We love you cousin.

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  37. Words are inadequate to express sympathy for your loss. The family has lost a bright light and a joy. Much love from the boys and me, always.

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  38. Lola and Luigi Pascale

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.!!!

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  39. Pino, Antonietta, Amadeo & Owen Mancuso

    We are deeply saddened by this news. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

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  40. Jim, Tammy and Tristyn Goodsell

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Although we are not in Calgary; therefore, unable to attend on Friday/Saturday, please know you are in our hearts and we will be there with you in spirit. Love to you all.

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  41. Carla,
    You are in my prayers. My heart breaks for you, your husband and Domenic. God works in mysterious ways, and I hope you find solace in knowing he is no longer suffering. I love you lots, and know that beautiful Matteo is smiling on us now. My heartfelt condolences Carla xxoo

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  42. Tony and Angela Iandolo

    Words cannot express how broken our hearts are of the loss of your little hero Matteo. Our prayers are with all the family.

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  43. Kathy Conquergood

    Carla, I’m so shocked and sorry to hear of the loss of Matteo. I had no idea any of this had happened, and am just so sorry to hear this terrible news. We didn’t know him for a long time, but I know how sweet a boy he was in pre-school with Emma. My heart goes out to you and your family and I hope you can find a way to handle this difficult time.

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  44. Adam & Filomena Eremita

    We are heartbroken by your loss, there are just no words. May God bless you all during this difficult time, and from all the comments, Matteo sounded like an amazing little boy, and I know his light will shine in the hearts of all that knew him forever.

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  45. Marco, Margarita and Gio

    Carla, Kent and Domenic. We are very sad to hear of Matteo’s passing. He was an amazingly bright and kind little boy. There are no words that would help to heal… may care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our deepest condolences.

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  46. Titina Serpico Ferdinand

    There are no words that can express the saddness felt with the news that this beautiful life was cut short. Thinking of you all and praying that God gives you more super human strength that you already possess. Matteo we will forever keep you in our prayers. Titina Serpico Ferdinand and Family

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  47. Sentite condoglianze a Carla e famiglia da zia Immacolata,Angelina,Olga,Nicola e Marino.

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  48. MODESTINO CARBONE

    Dear Carla and Family! I really don’t know what to write…..the only thing I know is that we love you! Ciao Piccolo Matteo sarai sempre nei nostri cuori!

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  49. Fabienne & family

    Dear Carla and family,
    We offer you and your family our deepest sympathies and prayers. May God open his loving arms and envelop you with his love and his peace. May memories comfort you and bring you peace. This is a “good bye” and prayers are wonderful ties to think of our loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

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  50. Monica, Kevin and Emily Hnatiuk

    We are so deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless and comfort you.

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  51. Juraj Pivovarov

    I am so very sorry to hear of Matteo’s passing. My heart goes out to you Kent, and to your family during this most difficult time. I am in tears to hear of someone so young leaving so soon.

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  52. Sending my loving prayers and thoughts to Family members. God Bless you all❤️

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  53. Carla, Kent and Domenico,

    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful son Matteo. Although no words can help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. God grant you the strength, comfort, and courage to face the days ahead and your loving memories to hold in your heart.

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  54. Dino, Dandy, Nicco and Paolo Civitarese

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Will always remember Matteo’s beautiful smile. We are thinking of you.

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  55. The Ferreira Family

    Sincerest condolences to your family during this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that we only part to meet again, and that your angel is watching over you from above until that day comes. Keeping you in our hearts and thoughts.

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  56. Marco Nicoletti

    Carla and Family,

    I am deeply sadden for your loss. My heart is broken for you.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

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  57. Salvatore & Maria Guido

    Our deepest condolences to your family. We will keep Matteo in our thoughts and prayers.

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  58. Christopher & Amanda Joly

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences during this extremely hard time. Your little angel is looking down on you from heaven, he was called home to God too soon. We will keep your entire family and little Matteo in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Find comfort in knowing he is now at rest and no longer battling.

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  59. Grossberndt & Bechelli Family

    With tears in our eyes we send our deepest condolences, may you find courage, strength and hope. We will keep all of you in our hearts and thoughts and special prayers for your sweet baby Matteo. May he rest in peace up in heaven with God.

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  60. Brenda & Sandy Festa

    Dear Kent, Carla and Domenic,
    Our grief does not lend well to words for expressing our heartfelt condolences for the brief stop- over that Matteo had with us on earth. The day Matteo was born he had kindness and peace about him and carried that with him throughout his stay. He was always willing to step aside to allow others to enjoy the moment. God must have had a real plan for our lovely Matteo because there is no way he would have taken him away from such loving, caring and attentive parents and brother.
    If we could carry your sorrow for you we would gladly do so. Please know Matteo will always be in our hearts and minds. He lives on forever through each one of us…

    Uncle Sandy & Auntie Brenda xxxooo

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  61. Mervin & Oksana Tityk

    Dear Kent, Carla, Domenic and Family
    Having lost a son ourselves seven years ago in a traffic accident we know that there are no words which we can use that will help to alleviate the pain and grief which you are presently experiencing at the loss of your first born son Matteo. All that Oksana and I can give both of you is a big hug to show you that we understand what you are going through. Our earthly life is but a flash in the pan and upon completion of our mission here we will all be joining Matteo shortly in a special place which God has prepared for us in his Heavenly Kingdom. God Bless all of you.

    Mervin & Oksana Tityk

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  62. Teorino Rossi

    Carla, Kent and Domenic
    Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of your son and brother Matteo.
    We will remember him fondly and feel privileged that we had the pleasure of knowing him, albeit for a short time.
    Please accept our sincerest condolences and may God Bless your family
    Heather, Terry and Mark Rossi

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  63. Lisa Ammirati

    Dearest Carla, Kent and Domenic. Russ and I are so deeply saddened by the loss of Matteo. We both had the great Honor of being Matteo’s teachers for the few short weeks we had. He was a child full of joy and happiness that spread so easily around anyone he encountered. When you met him, you already knew he was too special for this world. He was angelic and kind. In such a short time he changed so many lives and made us better people. I will never forget his sweet face. One day we will all be reunited. Much love during this terribly sad time.

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  64. Vic, Rita, Milania and Delano Astorino

    Dear Kent, Carla and Domenic,

    We send our sincere condolences and prayers. May God carry you and give you whatever it may take to cope with the days ahead. We will continue praying for you all.

    Vic, Rita, Delano and Milania Astorino

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  65. Tony Oliverio

    Carla, Kent, and Domenic,
    From our family to yours, we offer you our deepest condolences during this difficult time. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
    With love
    Elise’, Julius, Byron, and Tony Oliverio

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  66. MY HEART FELT SYMPATHY & CONDOLENCES.THOUGHTS & PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MATTEO

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  67. Carla and family

    My heart aches for you guys during this difficult time. You will all be in prayers and thoughts.

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  68. Thinking of you and wishing you and your family moments of peace. I hope you feel surrounded by much love.
    Ana

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  69. Carla and family

    My heart aches for you guys during this difficult time. You will all be in my prayers and thoughts.

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  70. JOE ECATERINA MANCUSO

    Joe Caterina Mancuso condlinze alla familgia limonciello @ famiglia Festa per laperdita del piccolo Matteo. Matteo lascia un profondo dolore al cuore di cuelli cheanno conosciuto Matteo. pero’ nella destra del singore cera un posto vuoto. e Matteo e andato a servere il signore rappresenta il primo angeletto nella destra del signore. lui riempe anche lebraccia desuoi cari nonni Tina Joe limonciello. il giorno della nostra chiamata noi vedremmo Matteo nuovamente perche lui viene incontro a predere la nostra mano e ciporta al nostro posto. perche lui e un angelo del’signore

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  71. tonie burgess

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss ,sounds like Matteo was a an angel here on earth, I pray that you know he went home,and he will be with all of you in your hearts until you meet again. my deepest condolences.

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  72. Antonella Barbario

    There are no words to describe why this happens to children or the magnitude of your loss. My heart breaks for your family. Know that he is in God’s arms pain free now. Sincere condolences.
    Antonella Barbario

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  73. Rico, Alicia, Avangeline and Ariana Mazza

    Kent, Carla, Domenic and extended family,

    There are not enough words to express how broken hearted we are for you. Matteo and your family are continuously in our thoughts and prayers. Before all of the tribulations of the past few years, I held in my heart all the little conversations he and I would have often while I was on supervision at recess. Today I thank the Lord for the blessings of this small amount of time he and I shared that allowed me to get to know what a gentle and loving soul he had. While we are left heartbroken, Heaven has gained a beautiful angel and that is a reflection of the amazing parents you are. May the Lord lift you up during this most difficult time and may you take some comfort in your beautiful memories and knowing that Matteo is in paradise. We are sorry we cannot be there in person to celebrate your beautiful boy.
    Sending our love and prayers,
    Rico, Alicia, Avangeline and Ariana’s

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  74. Maureen and Dale Blaschuk

    Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Dale and Maureen

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  75. Mike and Tammy Mittelstadt

    Dear Kent, Carla and Dom,
    We are deeply saddened with the passing of Matteo. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

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  76. Shannon, Ken and Charley

    Our hearts are broken with the loss of Matteo. From the very beginning Matteo seemed like an old soul. So warm, kind but also older than his years. I know Charley will miss him greatly, but takes heart in having a friend in heaven watching over us. Take care Shafer family. You are surrounded by love from here and above.

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  77. Lory and Diane Perizzolo

    Carla, Kent, Domenic and extended Family. We are heartbroken for your loss. We pray all the Cherished times you had together will help you heal. May God’s love warm you and give you strength to this diffucult time. Heaven gained another Angel! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  78. Franca cristiano

    Dear Kent & Carla & Family
    With our deepest condolence to a beautiful angel he was a incredible fighter and he was the sweetest little boy in the world he will be forever missed and forever in our hearts forever.
    Love Franca Eugene Ralph Tony Glenda

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  79. Carla,
    All my tears and all my love are for you and your family.

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  80. Jenn and Rob Bellotto

    Carla and family,
    Our hearts break for you – I cannot imagine the pain that you are going through. Know that Matteo is no longer in pain and in the arms of the angels and that he will be with you always. God Bless you all.
    Jenn, Rob, Alessandra, Juliana and Jacob Bellotto

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  81. Dave and Cinzia Eremita

    Kent, Carla and Domenic,
    We are so very very sorry for your loss. We hope you can gain some comfort in the many cherished memories you have. Our sincere condolences.
    Dave and Cinzia

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  82. Adelina Fabiano

    Dear Carla and family,
    Words will not suffice to express the overwhelming sadness, pain and grief for the loss of your beautiful Matteo. He was many things… courageous, strong, kind, loving and a child wise beyond his years. Please know the St. Alphonsus community is with you all. May you and your family continue to be surrounded by the same love and care which Matteo so graciously gave to all of us. Sending you much love and comfort now and always.

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  83. Rick and Shannon Torriero

    Kent, Carla, and Dominic
    We are so sorry for your loss and simply can’t imagine what you must be going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  84. Bonita, Ed and Joshua Pitre

    Our prayers and condolences on the loss of your precious Matteo. He is now in heaven with Jesus. God bless you all. Bonita, Ed and Joshua Pitre

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  85. Giovanna Perri Clermont

    I will never stop praying. He is a beautiful spirit that God will cherish and protect. May God make your family as strong as ever at this time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  86. Harm and Els Deckers

    Dear Kent and Carla:

    We are so very sorry for your indescribable loss and we hope that you will find strength, hope and comfort in the memories that always remain. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Harm and Els

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  87. Chad Van Norman

    Kent, Carla, Dominic, Kerry & Roy,

    We wanted to offer our deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful son and grandson. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Chad & Tammy Van Norman

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  88. Bernard, Linda, Noah & Alex Lee

    Dear Kent, Carla, Dom and Family,
    Our deepest condolences to your family. We will forever cherish Matteo’s time with us.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  89. Carla and family,

    Sending you strength, love and prayers during this difficult time. May the lord and Matteo watch over you and your loved ones from heaven until you meet again.

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  90. For Carla, Kent and Domenic.
    Your beautiful son will always remain in our prayers. God bless you Matteo.

    Charles, Colleen, Grace and Callum Rush

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  91. My condolences to you and your family. Life does not make sense and losing someone as young and loving as Matteo is tragic. My heart an prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. With much love, Jocelyne

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  92. Desi and Greg Smith

    Carla and Family,
    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the wonderful memories you have created bring a healing light to you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you strength, support and love.

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  93. Alfonso, Michelle, Bennett & Kennedy Lombardo

    We are all so very saddened to hear of Matteo’s passing. Our hearts are broken for your loss. Sending you all our love, thoughts, prayers and hugs!
    We will miss Matteo’s sweet smile.

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  94. Kent and family,

    My sincerest condolences to all of you on the passing of Matteo. He was a great little battler and will be missed by many.

    Andrew

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  95. Jodi McGuigan

    Carla and family,
    Words cannot express the sympathy I feel for what you are going through right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

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  96. Alanna Callaghan

    Dear Carla,
    I came across the following poem that I wanted to share with you. It’s called, “Rise Sister Rise”
    by Rebecca Campbell

    When your plans and your hopes and dreams beg for you to let them go
    Rise Sister Rise
    When the life you have so consciously created all comes cashing down
    Rise Sister Rise
    When your soul is heavy and your heart is broken in two
    Rise Sister Rise
    When you’ve been beaten and defeated, and feel so far away from home
    Rise Sister Rise
    When you find yourself in a thousand pieces, with no idea which bit goes where
    Rise Sister Rise
    When you have loved and lost and then lost again
    Rise Sister Rise
    When your wings have been clipped, spirit dampened and all you hear is a whisper
    Rise Sister Rise
    When you finally surrender but have no idea where to start
    Rise Sister Rise
    Rise for Mateo, for You, for Kent, for Domenic and all the people whose love and support you have in abundance
    With deep love and sadness in our hearts,
    Alanna, Scott and Liam

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  97. Kent and Carla; Our Condolences to you & your family during this difficult time, our prayers are with you and your family.

    Randy Mauro and Family

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  98. Anna and John LeGrow

    Dear Carla, Kent, Domenic and Family,

    Our deepest condolences go out to you all. Know that we love you and Sweet Matteo will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs and God Bless
    John and Anna LeGrow and family

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  99. Gina, Steve, Alyssa, Natalie and Katie

    Heaven gained that sweet, funny, little angel. We are with you always; in our thoughts, in our prayers, and in our hearts.

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  100. Maria and Gino Secreto

    Carla, Kent, Domenic and family

    Our deepest condolences to you all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

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  101. Melissa Marche & Jake Gagnon

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Matteo was a beautiful, kind soul and we are sending all our love and prayers to his family at this tremendously difficult time.

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  102. Jennice Larson

    Carla, Kent & Dominic:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you always. May your faith in God give you the strength and peace to deal with the loss of Matteo.
    -Jennice

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  103. Terri Daprocida

    Carla, Kent and little brother Domenic,
    Our prayers and deepest sympathy is with you all at this time. You are such beautiful people and Matteo will be greatly missed. God is with him now and he will help you through this. God bless you all…
    Terri and Rob Daprocida

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  104. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this time of grieve. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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  105. Wendy Joevenazzo

    Carla, Kent, and Domenic,
    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

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  106. Dani Lapada and Family

    To the Shafer family,

    We are really sorry to hear about Matteo. We wish to express our sympathy and condolences to you. This may sound extremely cliché, but we’re sure that he is now in a better place, with God, and he is now a great little angel. Our prayers and support are with you and God is by your side all the time.

    Our thoughts are with you and also our warmest love, wishes and hugs. God bless.

    Yours sincerely,
    Lapada Family

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  107. Kent, Carla and Domenic,

    We are so saddened by the passing of Matteo. He was a very special little boy who was always happy to say hi and stop to talk. It seems like yesterday that Matteo and Logan were in preschool participating in the hop-a-thon. I still remember Matteo’s comment that day about how much him and Logan looked alike. We feel so very blessed to have met Matteo and to have had your wonderful family in our lives the past six years. Although this is certainly a life changing experience for you, I know you will continue to be the great people that you are. Matteo was the person that he was because of his kind and thoughtful family.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,
    Al, Andrea, Logan and Charlotte

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  108. I cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling during this time. I extend to you my most heartfelt sorrow and condolences. You and your family are in my heart and mind. May the Lord bless and comfort you during this time of grief.

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  109. Daniel Jirjis & Katina Maas

    To Carla & Kent, as well as family, we give our deepest condolences. We can see by how many people showed up for the prayers and the funeral that Matteo was loved by a lot of people and will be greatly missed by many. You are all very strong individuals and were so lucky to have known such an amazing child. He will forever be in our minds and hearts.

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  110. Loreta & Libero Tarasco

    The loss of a child is unbearable. May you find comfort in knowing that he is in heaven with all the Angels and Saints. Sending you heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Peace be with you in this time of grief.

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  111. My deepest condolences . Matteo will be missed.

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  112. Carla and the family
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss!
    Matteo now lives in peace where there is no more tears or pain.
    He is in the loving hands of our lord of mercy.
    May God gives strength and comfort and wash away your pain and sorrow.
    Now you have an angel to pray for you all till you united again in heaven.

    I will keep you all in my prayers
    Rima Bachich

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  113. Gwen Devetten

    St. Alphonsus School has lost a very valuable member of its community. Matteo’s infectious smile and polite mannerisms will remain in our hearts. Matteo was loved by all he met. How could one not be charmed by his dapper personality and love he shared? Even through his struggles, he displayed resiliency, humour and strength. He was the role model for us all.
    We love him and will miss him dearly.
    You raised an awesome kid!!

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  114. Rob and Gemma Festa

    Dearest Carla, Kent and Domenic,

    May God bless you and keep you strong…..the prayers and mass today were a beautiful tribute in honor of a beautiful boy ..Matteo…. He was a soldier, courageous and strong ..a young boy who taught and reminded us to be humble,compassionate,and patient ….he taught us life is a journey, That we all own our personal journey….a road with dips and valleys…….but at the end of the road we travel is the destination …regardless of our age, we meet our maker …. He takes us in his arms comforts , protects and loves as promised … I believe we all will meet again in a better place and time …Then and only then will it be forever ….God is Good …… You’re very right Carla …God is Good …
    Xoxo

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  115. Monika Serquina

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Matteo will continue to live on through the stories you told/tell your students.
    May God shine light upon Matteo, his new angel.

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  116. Caroline Gilbert

    Dear Carla and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all… May God give you strength!
    My most Sincere Condolences …
    Caroline

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  117. Chris Blaschuk

    Carla and family, very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
    Chris Blaschuk

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  118. Gina Di Gaeta

    Carla, Kent and Family

    My deepest condolences for your loss.
    My prayers are with you and your family.

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  119. Tam, Nguyen, Kate, Andrew

    Carla, Kent and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and want to extend our deepest sympathies. Matteo and your family have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that the peace and strength of the Lord be with you during these most difficult times.

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  120. Carla, Kent and family,

    We are deeply saddened for your loss. Matteo will forever live in the hearts of so many.

    Praying and thinking of you.

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  121. Laurent Morin

    To my dearest colleague Carla, as well as to Kent and Domenic: Just want you to know that I’m thinking about you and praying for you in what must be an excruciatingly painful time in your lives. My heart-felt condolences to your family. I can only hope that you find solace in the fact that Matteo’s battle is over and that this difficult time brings the rest of your family closer together as you mourn and celebrate Matteo’s life together. Find strength in your family and your faith.

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  122. Kristl and family

    Dear Carla, Kent, and Domenic,

    The prayer service and funeral Mass were a beautiful tribute to your little warrior Matteo. He would be so proud of the faith and strength that you demonstrate. Matteo has left a footprint on the hearts of everyone who had the fortune to know him. May you feel God’s loving arms envelope you during this very difficult time. We are sending much love and hugs.

    Kristl, Dean, Shawn, and Faith Wilberger

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  123. Angelina, Tracy, Gina Borrelli

    Dear Carla, Kent & Domenic,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Matteo was a very special boy. When he smiled at you he made your day 100% better. He was an angel on earth and now he’s back home. Matteo made everyone he met happy and comfortable he had such and amazing gift, and I am so happy I got to have him in my life for 2 years it seems like a short amount of time but with Matteo every second counted. Not one day passed without him making sure I got a hug, He was my little buddy and I will miss him tremendously. Matteo has taught me how to never loose hope and to not be afraid even in your hardest times of your life, And to love and enjoy every moment of your life because life is a gift and it can be taken at anytime. Matteo was very special to everyone he met and has left so many good memories with us all, he will be deeply missed but just know he is always with you. Sending love and prayers to your family.

    Love Angelina.

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  124. Sheila & Mike Hennessy

    Dear Kent, Carla and Family

    Words can not express our sorrow. Matteo will always be in our memories and our hearts.

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  125. Karen J Meldrum

    Dear Carla, Kent & Domenic:

    I do not know what to say Carla. I am sory that I hardly knew him, but I am missing him too. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    We never loose when we love one another. That is a gift that remains, always, never fading.
    I pray that God through our Lord Jesus will send a legion of angels to comfort and protect you and yours now and in the days to come.

    Karen M

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  126. Guido J Salomone Jr.

    Dear Carla, Kent, Domenic, and Family,
    It is with great sadness that I offer you my deepest sympathy and condolences. May you find solace in knowing that Matteo is with the Angels, Saints, and Holy Trinity. His suffering has ended as yours is beginning. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. My seminarian friend and his group who are in Mexico City are praying for you and the family.

    Love, cousin Tiny,

    Guido J Salomone Jr.

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  127. Laurie Helmeczi

    Dear Carla, Kent and Domenic
    Thinking of you all at this sad time. We did not know Matteo well but have known you Carla since before that age. May the memories of Matteo bring you some comfort and peace. Blessings.

    Laurie and Tom Helmeczi

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  128. Dear Carla, Kent and Domenic,
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of Matteo. We cannot imagine the journey you have been through with Matteo, the ups and downs, and your love for this special little boy. We wish you all the love, strength and prayers we can give you. Take care.
    Willy & Bob Smolka

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