On September 3, 2022, Danilo Danzo passed away peacefully at home while listening to his favourite traditional Italian music. Born in Valdagno, in the province of Vicenza, Italy on July 16, 1932 to Attilio and Giuseppina Danzo, he was the youngest of nine children and survived all of his siblings. He is survived by his loving wife Jane, his daughter Sarah (Kim Linkert), his grandchildren Hugo and Greta, his nephews in Italy, Andrea (Margherita) and Stefano (Sabrina), his sisters-in-law Patricia Hovey and Margaret Beck, and his nephews Robert Hovey (Bethany), Robert Beck (Shana) and James Beck (Shannon).

In 1956, 24 year old Danilo, (Danny) emigrated from Italy to Canada in search of a better life. Upon arrival, he spoke no English, had minimal formal education, and little money in his pocket, but he found the opportunities for success on Vancouver Island. He was blessed with intelligence, vision, an innate business sense, and a work ethic that knew few boundaries. He spent five decades achieving the “American Dream”. Over the years, people of all ages inspired by his story sought his advice. Grateful for the respect, and delighted to help whomever he could, he encouraged the young to pursue their education and insisted that Canada was still the land of opportunity.

For their respectful, excellent and enduring care, the Danzo family wishes to thank Dr. Geoffrey Luckhurst, Dr. David Miller, Dr. Conrad Rusnak, Dr. David Pearson as well as Dr. Pai and Dr. Pagrasi of the RJH geriatric outpatient clinic. The Danzos are also very grateful to Russell Ikalina for her 7 years of service to the family, specifically, the exceptional in-home care she gave to Danilo.

Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 740 View St. Victoria BC on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 3pm.

If you wish to make a donation, please send to a charity of your choice or to BC Diabetes or the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Stefano Danzo

    Ciao caro zio

  • Shannon Price

    Jane, Sarah and family. My deepest condolences for your loss. Danny was such an amazing man, I have fond memories of working for him on the redevelopment of what is now the Rialto. It remains one of my favourite projects simply because of his vision, energy and sense of humour. Sending much love.

  • Eric Kaufmanis

    Dear Jane,

    We send our heartfelt condolences.

    Danilo’s warmth, singing, dancing and love of tomatoes was a joy to behold to all of us over the years, and most especially to my parents Gundy and Russ. He will be sorely missed.

    The Kaufmanis family

  • Jurgen Weyand

    Dear Jane,

    It was with great sadness that we learned of Danilo’s passing. He was a wonderful and kind man and he will be sorely missed. We have fond memories of him. Jurgen very much enjoyed spending time with Danny at the morning coffee group.

    We are sorry for your loss and have you in our thoughts.

    Angelika and Jurgen

  • IDA CHONG (an admirer, and your former MLA)

    Jane and family, my sincere and deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. I will always be grateful for Danilo’s kind and gentle words of encouragement as well as his warm smile whenever he greeted me. May your loving memories of him continue to comfort you in the days and years ahead. Take care and keep well.

  • Bruce & Sue Rosendahl

    Jane, Sarah and your family our sincerest condolences. I have many fond memories of the days working with Danny, he was a mentor and a friend. Bruce & I wish you peace and comfort, please know that we are thinking of you at this time.

  • Lamla Annemarie

    Dear Sarah
    I wishI can find the right words, to tell you how much I am deeply mourning your
    father’s death.He was a very special man!
    My deepest condolences to you and your children

  • Sylvia Fair

    Dear Jane: my heartfelt condolences to you and your dear family. Losing Danilo is huge but you have rich memories of a life well-lived.

    Thinking of you with affection and wishing you all the best………….Sylvia

  • Michael and Joanne Stevenson

    Danilo was an exceptional man. With hard work, perseverance and brains he attained that which most men dream of, but few achieve. Our country needed more like him.

  • Dorothy Lainey Clark

    Dear Jane and Sarah
    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of Danilo. I know how difficult it is to have a family member pass away. May God bless you at

    this sad time.

    Take care!

    Dorothy Lainey Clark

  • Loraine and Lee Ferreira

    Dear Sarah, our sincere condolences to you and your family. May the warmth of special memories, family and friends bring you comfort.

  • Sue Webber

    Jane, so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. It was nice to meet you on the Hamilton Trip with Wells Gray Tours in June. My thoughts are with you.

  • Vic Simeoni

    My deepest condolences to Jane and family on the passing of Danilo, an incalculable loss. My family and I have been friends with Danilo since his arrival on Vancouver Island many years ago. His many accomplishments made us proud to be Italian. RIPOSA IN PACE, AMICO MIO. Vic Simeoni

  • Alberto Pozzolo

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Danilo, I had the pleasure to play tennis and hunt with him and Joe and my dad. When I got older I didn’t cross with him much but was happy to share some words at a DaVinci Centre meeting. The support from him and his family to ours exemplified the essence of Danilo as I see it. He will be missed and well loved.

  • Ubalda Piana Pozzolo

    I remember Danilo fondly. I send you,Jane and Sarah and to all yor family my deepest condolences.

  • Domenico and Giovanna greco

    Dear Jane and Sarah and family our deepest condolences in this sad time.
    May his loving memories live always in your hearts.

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