Saying Goodbye…

Dear friends, 

Today I’m writing to you to share a personal short story about my grandfather, Donato; a friend, my nonno, and my hero…

He was a man who was born in the early 1920s, met his wife, Pasqualina, after World War II, and had two beautiful children. Together, they lived on a farm in a small village in Italy just outside of Naples. When their children reached their early teens, they all moved to Canada in hopes of providing better futures their children. 

His daughter, Lucia, soon discovered that her calling was that of the arts and to help others in need around the world, namely in Africa. His son, Tony, pursued a career in management, married his wife, Domenica, and had three daughters; one of them being me.

Meanwhile, as Donato grew older and retired, he enjoyed spending his time playing an Italian card game – Scopa, bowling, gardening, taking long walks, and spending every moment he could with his three grandchildren. Donato and his wife also went to Africa one year to visit his daughter before she had passed away.

As the years passed, some of his granddaughters married and had children of their own. My grandfather helped put me through university, and I’ve always looked up to him as a role model as he always put others first before himself. 

One day, my grandfather, Donato, discovered that he had developed prostate cancer. Given his age, he was unable to undergo surgery for its removal. Although his body became frail, his heart remained strong, and he spent many years with his entire family.

After a long battle with cancer, my beloved nonno (Italian for grandfather), Donato, has passed away this year on May 21st.

Although we wish he could have stayed with us for just a little while longer, he is no longer suffering, and he has once again reunited with his daughter, Lucia, his parents, sisters, Celesta and Carmela, and brother, Marino, in heaven.

He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Pasqualina, his son, Tony, brother, Pasquale, sisters, Filomena, Immacolata, Giuseppina, daughter-in-law, Domenica, three granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren. 

He was a kind-hearted man that will be greatly missed.