Gilio was born in a small Northern Italian town called Pozina to Ilario and Emila Mogentale. He survived WWII and three years in a German Concentration camp. Looking for a better life for his wife Anna and son Larry (Darlene), they came over on “the boat” and found Nelson. Gilio worked hard in the mines in Sandon and paid cash for his first house which was right in the middle of the the now Rosemont Overpass. It was then he got a job as a Laborer for The City of Nelson and worked without taking one Sick Day for 35 years. After Retirement, Gilio could be found in one of his many favorite places. Fishing at Queens Bay, 17 mile or Six Mile lakes was a great joy of his. Loved his Huckleberry picking somewhere up a mountain, as it is his secret spot or working in his beautiful vegetable garden. All the neighbors on Heddle road would wake up to bags of vegetables hanging on the doors but, their dogs would be missing. Gilio and all the neighborhood dogs would walk for hours and hours, sometimes 5 or 6 would follow.
Gilio loved his grandchildren Ashley and Robert dearly. He was also blessed with three great grandchildren that loved him and his stories more than anything. Ethan,Lily and Isabella. His family was everthing to him as he was to them.
We would like to thank all the neighbors for graciously accepting Gilio. The nurses in Nelson and Trail who took such loving care of him for his short stay.
Gilio is survived by his sister Carmella, wife Anna, Son Larry(Darlene), Grandchildren Ashley(Colin), Robert(Julie) and Great Grandchildren Ethan, Lily, and Isabella.
He was predeceased by his parents Ilario and Emilia, and his siblings, Bruno and Olga.
On Friday June 26th, a small service was held in the Nelson Mausoleum, and was laid to rest surrounded by those he loved the most.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.