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Tributes and Condolences
for Francesco Capozzi


Happy 100 Birthday Dad
(Joe Capozzi )

 

The patriarch of our family, FRANCO CAPOZZI turns 100 on July 12, 2020! 

The century-long life story of Franco’s began with being adopted at a young age in Montreal and moved to Italy with his new family where he lived in great poverty for years and he survived. 

In his early twenties he was enrolled in the Italian army (although a Canadian by birth) and suffered three years in a POW camps and he survived.

In his early thirties he was allowed to immigrate back to Canada with a young family of two, no money and little help and he survived.
  
In his forties with no education and very little English, he worked hard jobs and raised a beautiful family of four children (his youngest being twins) and he survived. 

He continued to adapt to the ever changing times while watching his four children grow the family to include 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren (to date) and he survived. 

At 98, he moved to a senior home and transitioned to yet another new way of life and he survived.

In March 2020 the senior home was hit with Covid-19 and so was he and he survived.

On June 29th Franco peacefully passed away at 3:30am and will be two weeks away to reach his 100 birthday and On July 12, 2020 we will celebrate his survivals! 

Franco is the definition of a SURVIVOR to all of his family and friends and we are grateful for his courage, inspired by his perseverance, and beyond proud of his accomplishments over the last century. 

 

Never be forgotten
( Robert Capozzi )

 

Please know that you will never be forgotten...when life seems crazy and out of control I will always remember the famous words from my grandfather “Easy,Easy” 
 
To me you were always a quiet man as our language barrier didn’t allow us to communicate easily, but I remember watching at a young age, speaking in Italian discussing something and could feel your sense of passion on whatever the topic was.

I know that language was our barrier, but I always knew that the warmth of your gaze said “I love you”, the strength of your hugs said “I will keep you safe” and the gentleness of your hands said “you are precious to me” and your nod of approval for a job well done said “I respect you”. In the years to come, I may not remember many words you spoke, but the memories you conveyed without speaking a word will stay in my heart forever.

I’m sorry I was never able to hear your stories of the old country first hand or able to discuss the topics in the news today, but I’m thankful to be surrounded by your family and friends who share stories about you and the stories you have shared allowed me to get to know you.

I will remember you as a humble, honorable, caring and easy going man, to me you always seemed like you didn’t let things bother you as if to think “things will work themselves out” - maybe that’s the secret to living to 99 :)  

The picture of you in my head will always be of a smiling bald man wearing his suspenders with a smile...a smile that said “LIFE IS GOOD!”
 
I thank you so much for all you have done, for making that brave decision to leave your country behind and start a new life in Montreal. You raised a wonderful family, I have a father that has all your wonderful qualities.

My only regret is that I did not spend more time with you and tell you this sooner, for that mistake I promise you I will never forget that life goes by fast and sometimes we need to slow things down and take more time with family - “Easy, Easy”

I want you to know that I love and respect you, I’ve always been so proud to have you as my grandfather.


My grandfather was a quiet man,
But his silence could speak volumes.
The warmth of his gaze said, "I love you."
The strength of his hugs said, "I will keep you safe."
The gentleness of his hands said, "You're precious to me."
His nod of approval for a job well done said, "I respect you."
In the years to come, I may not remember many of the words my grandfather spoke,

But the memories of what he conveyed without speaking a word will stay in my heart

 

In Memory
( Mario Capozzi )

 

A TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER


F...is for the Faith you showed when mine was not so strong,

A...is for the Acceptance you had when I was oh so wrong.

T...is for the Tender love you gave when I showed so little to you,

H...is for the Healing you brought when mine was broken in two.

E...is for the Enjoyment for life you shared when I was to tired to care.

R...is for the Relationship you built when I was unable to share.

Thank you for being a father to me loving me and being my friend.
I Love You so very much some day I'll see you again your loving son.

 

In Loving Memory Dad
( Maria Capozzi )

 

He never looked for praises he was never one to boast
He just went on quietly working for the ones he loved the most.

His dreams were seldom spoken his wants were very few
And most of the time his worries Went unspoken too.

He was there...A firm foundation through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold on to In times of stress and strife.

A true friend we could turn to when times were god or bad

One of our greatest blessings the man that we called Dad.

Sincerely, Maria

 

Perfect Gentleman
( Max della Zazzera  )

Survivor he was and a perfect Gentleman 
My most sincere condolences to you all
Covid we will overcome with time and we will continue our journey of life until our time has come.
Forever I will have fond memories of him
A genuinely wonderful person

 

Deepest Condolence
( Sanda Massa  )

On behalf of my mother; Sanda Massa; my aunt Mary Verrillo and myself we offer you and your family our deepest condolences. We are sorry for your loss.

Sincerely, Lucy 

 

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God Saw You Getting Tired 
( Joe Capozzi  )

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be so he put his arms around you and whispered,

“Come to Me”

With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away and although we love you dearly we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating hard working hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best

Saint Peter made some room
( Claude Della Zazzera)

Very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.  It was really good that we got to see him last year and it would have been so great to meet with him again after he turned 100 this year! I remember, when we met with him last year, he said that St. Peter had told him that there was no room for him.
I guess now Saint Peter made some room, and he was ready to open the doors.  
I hope your dad watches over us from up there!
It has been difficult with Maria’s mom, because of limits on visits and all the residents being isolated from each other.
 
But she was recently changed to another floor where they do not restrict contact among the residents, and she has at least made a good friend in that new section with whom she is allowed to spend time.
Maria and her sisters really miss not being able to visit and see her face to face, but they are able to FaceTime.  

Maria and I, and our children, want to offer you all (including Natale, Mario and Maria) our condolences, and we hope to be able to get together soon.
Take care,
Claude

I am saddened by the loss
(Ida Venafro )

I am saddened by the loss of your beloved father.
You and your siblings are indeed lucky to have your dad for close to a century. 

I have fond memories of him and your mom when we visited in Brampton those few times we were in Ontario.
 
My husband had an affinity to your mom and dad. I, of course, feel the same way. 

I extend my condolences to you, your brothers and your sister.
May the memory of Francesco Capozzi go on forever. 

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. 
With regards, 
Ida

 

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