∼ 1929 to 2016 ∼ Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family on May 10, 2016.
Born in Cosenza, Italy, Giovannino came to Sault Ste. Marie in 1962 with his wife and three young children to seek a better life for them. His family was his greatest pride and joy.
Sole mate, best friend and devoted husband to Lina for over 63 years. Loving father of Silvana Gioia (Eugenio), Carmine (Susan) and Dominic (Rita). Dear Nonno of Giancarlo Gioia (Stephani), Jamie Gioia (Melissa), Christina Cristillo (Robert), John (fiancé Joanna Dilabio) and Marc. Great Nonno of Olivia, Tristan, Ava, Carter, Preston, Jaxson and newborn Patrick John. Special brother-in-law of Rita Maione (late Giovanni) and dear Zio of Dr. Peter Maione (Joanne), and Angela Vairo (Frank) of Sault Ste. Marie. Loving brother of Giuseppi (Elisa) of Bradford, Salvatore of Scarborough, Franco (Rita) and Elda Barberio (Giovanni) of Cosenza, Italy. He was predeceased by his parents Carmine and Luisa, brother Alfredo, sisters Angelina and Marietta and is survived by many nieces and nephews in Southern Ontario, Italy and Argentina.
He will be greatly missed by his special friends and neighbours Maria and Carmine Chiarello, and the circle of friends he made over his many years here in the Sault who provided love and prayers. Giovannino was a very humble and generous person, and a true gentleman.
Visitation for family and friends of the late Giovannino Richichi will be held at Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Road 705-945-7758) on Saturday May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass to follow at Holy Family Parish (208 Prentice Ave. Sault Ste. Marie) on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 12:00 noon with Father Boguslaw Jaroszek officiating. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetary Mausoleum.
Special thanks to Father Boguslaw Jaroszek, Dr. Maione, Dr. Berry, Dr. Shafiee, and Dr. Fratesi for their support and compassionate care, and to the Renal team of the Renal Dialysis Unit and volunteers of Sault Area Hospital, for their compassionate care provided to Gio over the past 7 years.
To the patient care team of the F. J. Davey Home thank you for making Gio comfortable in his final days. To Lise, Peter and Rob of Health and Mobility thanks for all of your help.
Dad we will always love you and you will be forever in our hearts.
Riposa in pace amore mio Giovannino,
Papa e Nonno caro.