It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Vittorio DeGirolamo of Moose Jaw, SK on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022, 19 days before his 91st birthday. Vittorio was born in Santo Stefano, Italy. He was predeceased by his wife, Maria DeGirolamo (Salerno); parents, Mickelina and Carmine; brother, Giuseppe; and sisters, Giuseppina and Anna. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1958. Vittorio leaves behind his brother, Antonio (Maria); daughter, Mickelina (Andrew); sons, Carmine (Colleen) and Ferdinando (Anna); grandchildren: Jared (Alison), Jenna (Brian), Nicolas (Danika), Daniel, Cassandra, Julia, and Alex; great-grandchildren: Paxton, Carter, Sawyer, Rosalie, and another on the way; as well as many nieces and nephews here and in Italy.
As new immigrants to Saskatchewan times were tough, but with the help of friends and family, they formed a close knit Italian community and raised wonderful families. Vittorio worked at various jobs such as construction and meat packing, but most of his work-life was with the railway as a section man at CP Rail. As time went on he built a cabin at Buffalo Pound Lake, purchased a boat, and found his passion – fishing, although he couldn’t catch near as much fish as Maria, an argument that continues in Heaven. However, his (and Maria’s) true calling was gardening, they could make anything grow. They were organic before organic was a thing. And the results were a grand harvest of tomatoes, peas, potatoes, lettuce, and zucchini’s the size of baseball bats.
For all who knew Vittorio, he was polite, down to earth and enjoyed making conversation, and if you were lucky enough, be invited over for a drink of his homemade wine. He was very inventive, hands-on, and could fix most anything. He enjoyed his last years at Providence Place. Many thanks to the staff who took great care of him and kept a smile on his face to the end.
A Memorial Service to honour Vittorio will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Vittorio’s name may be made to Providence Place Foundation Inc, 100 – 2nd Ave NE, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1B8. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550
Mickelina,Carmine,Ferdinand & family. We are so sorry to hear of Victor’s passing. Your parents were wonderful people and very good neighbours. Cherish your memories. ❤️ Brenda & Dave.
Sorry to read of Victor’s passing. My mom was in Guardian Grove also andhe would always stop to visit.
My mom was also a resident on Guardian Grove. It was always a pleasure to see Vitto during my visits. A sweet and gentle man. Condolences to the family.
Sending my sincere sympathy to you. I enjoyed seeing Vitto every time I visited my mom, Joan Huenison. He was delightful. I hope many good memories comfort you. Lorraine McCormick
Please accept our heartfelt condolences! Keith has many memories of dropping eggs off at his house and also remembers a beautiful garden! Thinking of all of you!
My sincere condolences in the passing of Vito.your memories will be your comfort in the days to come.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
My husband was also a resident on Guardian Grove. Vitto always had a smile for us while walking during our visits. I saw him once pick up a chair and put it over his head! They were really heavy! I was impressed. Needless to say, but will anyhow, the staff is amazing. I am sure you will have many happy memories, please keep them close.
Sorry for your loss. Worked with Vic on the section for 11 years.
Lina, Carmine and Nando our sincere condolences on your dad’s passing. Your parents were great! Hang on to all those wonderful memories and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for Vittorio’s passing. We have fond memories of him and Maria and we can take some comfort in knowing that they are reunited once again. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Sentite Condoglianze a voi tutti, un forte abbraccio.
Lucia, Gianni (John) & Teresa, Alfonso & Suzanne Liguori