October 20, 1930 ~ October 9th 2013
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gaetano Santucci; he passed away peacefully with family by his side on Oct 9th 2013. Gaetano was born on October 20, 1930 in Forino, Avellino, Italy. He immigrated to Canada in 1956, where he began his long career with CP Rail.
In 1960, his bride Domenica joined him in Canada where they lived in many small communities along the rail line between Cranbrook and Nelson. In 1964, the family moved to Nelson. Gaetano loved gardening. His yard was filled with many fruit trees, plants and flowers. He made many friends over the years, especially through the railway. He was fondly known as “Gus”.
Many stories were told throughout the years of his plowing snow through avalanches to keep the trains rolling. Gaetano loved spending time with his grandchildren. He would intrigue the children with his stories of growing up in Italy, coming to Canada and all the challenges he faced over the years.
Gaetano was predeceased by his parents Maria and Gaetano Santucci, sisters Filomena Santucci, Iolanda Santucci, Giovanna Santucci, brothers Luigi Santucci and Vincenzo Santucci all of Italy, and brother Tony Santucci and sister-in-law Filomena Santucci of Creston BC. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Domenica, son Bruno and daughter-in-law, Georgia, grandchildren, Sheena, Matthew and Sara, and great grandchildren Isabella and Isaiah, and sister Romilda and her husband Gerardo and many nieces and nephews, both in Canada and Italy. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
The Santucci family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all who attended Gaetano Santucci’s prayer service and funeral, and to those who brought food and flowers and stopped by the house to express their love and support. We wish to also thank Dr. Milde, Dr. Degreef and Dr. Peachell, the ICU nurses at Trail Hospital, and the nurses on the third floor of Kootenay Lake Hospital.
Donations may be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, Trail Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Gaetano Santucci.