It is with heavy hearts we announce that Umberto Domenic Castagna of Kamloops passed away peacefully at Royal Inland Hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer, his family by his side, the morning of Sunday, Sept. 23. 2018.
Umberto is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 54 years, Carmela, his two sons, Aldo (Carol) of Naramata and Nick (Sheri) of Kamloops; four grandchildren: Ashleagh, Anthony, Domonic and Caleb; his sister Francesca Ercolano; his sister-in-law Ada Marchio and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnaldo and Caterina as well as his sister Theresa Pullano.
Umberto was born April 8, 1938, in Albi, Italy. Umberto and Carmela with their two-year-old son Aldo in 1967 decided to create a better life for themselves by moving to Canada. With very few possessions and no knowledge of the English language, they risked everything, travelling for many weeks across the Atlantic by boat and several days more from Eastern Canada by train to arrive in Kamloops.
Umberto with a sponsorship by his brother-in-law was able to gain employment at Balco Industries where he spent 35 years of hard work and dedication; retiring happily in 2002. After retirement, he was able to enjoy spending time with his four grandchildren of which he loved dearly. Being a long-standing member of the Columbo Lodge, he contributed in countless ways but with his charm, sense of humour and ability to relate to a wide variety of people, his favourite role was that of bartender. His hobbies included gardening and landscaping for which he took immense pride in. He also enjoyed making his own wine and sausage; often times gleefully accepting assistance from his grandchildren who were always excited and willing to help their beloved Nonnu.
Carmela would like to express her sincerest thanks to all the support and love she has received during this incredibly difficult time in her life. Many thanks to Homecare Kamloops, especially Laurie and Beverley for going above and beyond their normal duties.
A formal Catholic service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Sacred Heart Cathedral 255 Nicola St, Kamloops, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have donations made to your local Hospice Society.