1923 – 2014
Silvio Anthony Bragagnolo was born in Nelson, BC on July 28th 1923. 91 years later he passed away in his hometown on September 25th, 2014.
He spent his childhood years in Nelson and went on to attend the University of Toronto, later finishing his degree in Education at the University of British Columbia. He served in the Canadian Air Force in World War II and returned to Nelson where he married his sweetheart Rina DeLucrezio on August 1st, 1945. They went on to raise 6 wonderful children while he embarked on his teaching career, beginning first at Central School.
Silvio (or Mr. B. as his students called him), was a skilled educator, spending the majority of his career as an administrator at various elementary schools around Nelson. Silvio was involved in the amalgamation of South Nelson and was one of the founders of the Blewett Ski Hill, later known as Morning Mountain. He also was a member of the Italian Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Retired Teachers Association. Silvio was awarded, “Man of the Year” by the Nelson Italian Canadian Society in 1993.
Silvio’s great passions were spending time with his family, working in his garden, building rock walls and enjoying his beach property.
He is survived by his loving wife Rina of 69 years, children; Michael (Becky), Maureen (Gregg), Maryana, (John), Mark (Wendy) and Marcia (Andy); 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons, sister Helen and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Martin.
Silvio’s family would like to thank all the caregivers at Mountain Lakes, especially those in Beach View Cottage for their compassion and support as well as Dr. Janz and Dr. McKechnie. We would also like to thank Joanne Shrieves for her kindness and special care.
A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. For those wishing to make a donation, please make one to St. Joseph’s School or the Alzheimer’s Society.
As Silvio often said, “Good wine, good food and good people, what more do you need?”
Online condolences may be expressed at
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.