Beloved husband, father, grandfather, passed away peacefully at Mount St. Mary Hospital surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his wife Filomena in 1993.  He leaves to mourn children Maria (David Avren), Joe, Rose (Al Ferraby); grandchildren Sam, Elizabeth and Jamie; sister Rosa (Giovanni Andali) in Sarnia Ontario; sister-in-law Amelia (Francesco Luchetta) in Rome Italy; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Giovanni was a kind and generous man who welcomed everyone with a ready smile. He will be dearly missed by all. The family would like to thank the staff at Mount St. Mary Hospital, St. Francis House for the loving care they gave him in the last eight months.

A Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 pm in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, November 10, at 1:00 pm in the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4049 Gordon Head Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mount St. Mary Hospital, 861 Fairfield Road, Victoria, BC V8V 5A9 or The BC Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens



  • Nona Avren
    November 16, 2017

    Dear Maria, Rose and Joe,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You were very lucky to have had Giovanni as a father. He was a wonderful man will always be warmly remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know him.

  • Franco and Maria Guarascio
    November 10, 2017

    We are very sorry for your loss. We loved him very much.

  • Sandra Guarascio
    November 10, 2017

    I loved him very dearly all my life. He was a wonderful, kind uncle and an important part of our family. I have so many memories of Zio that I will cherish. He was a wonderful friend of my parents who also loved him very much. I always appreciated how thoughtful he was. All the visits. The handwritten cards on my birthday even after Zia had passed. i will think of him always with a smile and am so grateful to have been loved by him.

  • Hazel Waters
    November 9, 2017

    My sincere sympathy to Rose, Al, Sam and your family.

  • Franca and Chris Januszkiewicz & Family
    November 8, 2017

    Maria, Joe and Rose and families, We are so sorry for your loss. Zio was a very kind man and we always enjoyed when he came to visit us here in Sarnia. He is at peace with Zia now and all those who have passsed on before us. May you take comfort in all the beautiful memories you have with him and we truly believe that he will always be with you, watching over all of you. God Bless <3 xo… Love, Franca,Chris and Stephen Januszkiewicz

  • Lina Panduri
    November 8, 2017

    Dearest Cousin Maria,Joe and Rosa

    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of our dear Cousin and Zio Giovanni.

    We are thinking of you during this sad time and extend our heartfelt condolense.

    My parents have been reflecting back and remanising on the happy times spent together. The good old days, a few glasses of home made wine, conversation and laughter.

    I have my own fond memories of the sweet kind and loving Zio your father was towards me.

    I am very grateful my father and I took the time to see Zio GiovannI several years ago when we were over for a visit in Victoria.

    Our love for family.

    Zio Bernardo, Zia Marietta and Cousin Lina Panduri

  • Jackie Crain
    November 8, 2017

    Sending our deepest condolences, Rose and family. Thinking of you, Jackie and Larry Crain

  • Joe & Angela Lopetrone
    November 8, 2017

    Dear Maria, Joe and Rosalba, it is with great sadness to hear of the passing of our beloved Zio Giovanni, Our prayers and thoughts are with you all and all your families may God give you strength and bless you. Your loving cousins Joe and Angela Lopetrone and family

  • Joe Andali
    November 8, 2017

    My Uncle John a man with a Heart of Gold. I always would get extremely excited when he came to Ontario to visit his sister. Uncle John had a loving way that warmed my heart every moment we were together. He has given me SO much.
    Joe Andali

  • The
    November 7, 2017

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad is now with your Mom who was there to greet him with open arms. They will both be watching over you from above. May the wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Thinking about all of you.

    Sergio and Elide Barbon and Family

  • Jo Tortora
    November 7, 2017

    So sorry for the loss, my prayers and thoughts are with all of you. He will be missed in our lives forever but always will remain in our hearts.

  • Pasquale Lopetrone
    November 7, 2017

    Esprimo le più sentite condoglianze a nome mio della mia famiglia e di mio padre Giovanni Lopetrone (1927) che attualmente vive in Polonia e non è informato della morte del cugino in Canada. Un abbraccio ai figli, ai nipoti e ai parenti tutti, con particolare riguardo a Rose che ho avuto la fortuna di incontrare a S. Giovanni in Fiore insieme alla cugina Nina Pecorelli.

  • Concetta Peluso
    November 7, 2017

    Dear Rose: We’re really saddened to hear of your wonderful father’s death. He was an extraordinary man. There are many in the community who will mourn deeply his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. May he rest in peace. Concetta and Edvige Peluso

  • Joseph Pecorelli
    November 7, 2017

    The most faithful man in the world, Hi would go to the Cemetery every day to go and stay for some time with is Wife Filomena .Hi never RI married, Gianni only loved Zia Filomena, I am is second oldest nipote. I remember zio Gianni as a 20 something good-looking man in our Village of San Giovanni in Fiore.I remember Zio taking us to the movie under is Manto, a large coat made od wools.And I remenbar that if any one was going to give us troble Zio Gianni would be at the door.Hi offerd us his home when we come to Canada . Two brothers marring two sister We whare sorry we are one family . I wish you rest until we meet againg .Ps Salutami mamma e papa , zia Filomena e tutti i nostri cari morti.Ti ho voluto bene come tu ci hai voluto bene.

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