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URBANI, Giuseppe (Joe)

June 10, 1925 – Basciano, Abbruzzo, Italy
May 2, 2019 – High River, Alberta

Giuseppe (Joe) Urbani, beloved husband of Dolia of DeWinton, AB passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the age of 93 years. Joe was born in Basciano, Teramo, Italy on June 10th, 1925.

Joe immigrated to Canada in 1952, working for CP Rail in Indus, Alberta, settling shortly after in Calgary, where he embarked on a successful career as a millwright. He finally called DeWinton, Alberta his home, enjoying more than forty years of country life there with Dolia and nearby family.

Rural life enabled Joe to pursue his love of horseback riding and trail rides into the mountains. He had a natural talent for carpentry and mechanics. Family and friends could always rely on him to help fix cars, build decks, fences, and garages and many times would gather to enjoy his homemade wine around a barbeque.

Besides his loving wife Dolia of sixty-four years, Joe is survived by his two sons, Barry (Wendy), Claudio (Carolina); grandchildren, Sarah (Curtis), Justin (Lindsey), Courtney (Brendan), Stefan (Cori), Jordan (Genevieve); and great-grandchildren, Tavish, Kate, Scarlett, Penelope, Sawyer and Nolan. Joe also leaves behind his loving brothers Vittorio (Giovanna), Antonio (Maria); brothers-in-law, Luigi Nori, Pasquale Nori; along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Reception to follow in the Upper Hall at the church. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s name to the High River District Health Care Foundation, www.highriverhealthfoundation.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of Joe Urbani, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Zio Joe will always be fondly remembered as a lover of nature; happiest when he was out on his acreage surveying his land or roasting porchetta for hordes of hungry people! Thinking of you all during this difficult time – Antonio & Maria Urbani, Anne Winters, Michael Urbani and Lora Paul.

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  2. Frank & Loralea Mettimano

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of loss. May all the memories you have created through the years bring you comfort today and the days to follow.
    Frank & Loralea Mettimano & Family

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  3. Maria Conforti-Piotto

    Dearest Dolia, Barry, Wendy, Claudio, Carolina and families. It is with great sadness that we heard of Joe’s passing. He was a good man and will be missed by everyone who knew him. His friendship, gentleness and kind gestures will always be remembered. We wish to extend to all of you our sincerest and heartfelt condolences during these difficult days. Sorry we are out of the country and cannot be with you to celebrate and memorialize his wonderful life. His love will live on eternally in your beautiful family. Take good care. Maria, John, David Piotto & Katelyn, Colton, Ellie and Maverick Nickel

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  4. Brian & Suzie Pepe

    Madrina Dolia, Barry, Claudio e tutta la famiglia Urbani. Le nostre più sentite condoglianze sulla scomparsa di Padrino Giuesppe. Era sempre la persona più simpatica ogni volta che visitava con la nostra famiglia. Joe sarà sempre nei nostri cuori e pensieri. Continua a guidare il tuo in paradiso cavalli Padrino!

    Brian & Suzie Pepe

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  5. Dolia, Barry, Claudio and family. We are deeply sadden hearing the news of compare Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time of loss. We will always have the fondness memories of Compare Joe, his wonderful outlook on life and love for his family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    Famiglia Pepe

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  6. Assunta & Gordon Dale

    Dearest Dolia and Family,
    May fond memories of Joe bring you comfort in this time of sorrow. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.
    We extend our sincerest condolences,
    Assunta and Gordon Dale

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  7. Chiara & Nicola Conforti

    Carissima Dolia, Barry, Wendy, Claudio, Carolina e famiglia,
    Inviamo le nostre più sentite condoglianze a voi tutti. Ricordiamo con affetto il caro Joe e vi siamo vicini nel vostro dolore.

    Chiara e Nicola Conforti

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  8. Dearest Dolia and family, we send you our deepest condolences with love and beautiful memories of a wonderful man . God bless Compare Joe ! Love , Anna and Gabriel.

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  9. Shelly Chahley

    Barry, Wendy and family:
    So sorry for the loss of your wonderful dad. I never met him but feel like I know him from hearing the many stories you would share. You all have gained a guardian angel and he is resting easy now, shining down on all of you. Keep his great memories alive!
    Shelly and Darrell

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  10. Gonzalez and Conejeros family

    Dearest Dolia and Family,
    We are deeply saddened by Joe’s passing our prayers are with you and your family. It was an honor to have known such a great person, friend, neighbor and mentor to our family we will truly miss him. Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Love, Gonzalez and Conejeros family.

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