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GIUSEPPE AIELLO (JOE)
Born: Aug 07, 1937
Date of Passing: Nov 10, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
In Giuseppe's early years, his grandmother was raising him, his brother Pietro and sister Rita. When his father, Pasquale Aiello, returned from the war life began to flow more smoothly and mother, Giuseppina Marchese, had entered their lives. Giuseppe's father instilled important family values which often came in long speeches to each of his children over the years; the strength of a united family, the love between brothers and sisters and the importance of education to change the future.
Giuseppe was always good at school and continued his studies beyond San Mango D'Aquino before attending vocational school in Nocera, a slightly larger town beyond the hills and mountains in Calabria. Giuseppe would walk the 16 km return trip by foot daily, with friends, who would always make this long walk an eventful trip full of opinionated discussions on a multitude of topics. Mother Giuseppina would always pack fried potatoes, stale bread and figs for Giuseppe's journey. Often the food was consumed enroute. Giuseppe had many friends, a kind character and a wonderful smile, always appreciated by men and women.
Giuseppe would continue his education at the Agricultural Technical Institute in Catanzaro to receive his diploma in Agriculture with much encouragement from his parents, Pasquale and Giuseppina. He was also very active in sport at this time, placing within the top athletes in Catanzaro in track and field discus events. As very proud parents, Pasquale and Peppina continued to support Giuseppe while he attended Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Bari in the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. Each time Giuseppe would return from his studies during the summer months, his sisters were very excited to see him as his love would fill the house. Giuseppe had great love for his family. His sisters remember him taking care of mother Peppina when his youngest sister Cesarina was born with complications.
During his final years at university, he had the opportunity to continue his degree in another country. Giuseppe's family encouraged him to go to Canada because of its democracy and also because he was the first scholar in the immediate family who attended university.
In January 1965 Giuseppe would travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to start a new life. His sister, Rita, was already living there at the time. Giuseppe was eager to start providing income for himself and family, so he decided to start working instead of continuing his education at the university level. He first resided with his sister, Rita, and husband, Giuseppe Cuda, in Winnipeg while he worked. Later Giuseppe worked at the Historical Fort Garry Hotel where he worked his way to becoming the Catering Manager. After a few years of working and socializing he was first married in 1969. By then his brother Pietro had made his way to Winnipeg and both his brother and sister Rita had begun to have children (Pino, Pasquale, Theresa, Maria and Fred). Giuseppe loved his nieces and nephews immensely and wanted children of his own. In the late 1970s his two beloved children, Rita and Peter, were born. By then Giuseppe and his family had been living on Arnold Avenue in the Fort Rouge area in Winnipeg. For over a decade, most of the block was occupied with Giuseppe's immediate and larger extended family. They would often make trips back to San Mango to see his parents and sisters (Angela, Aurelia, Anna, Cesarina), who they all missed dearly.
Giuseppe's life was very full. He fought many battles and remained a reserved man. As his life took many different paths, he later moved to the St. Vital area - a few houses away from his brother Pietro. The two of them were very close throughout life, and would continue to see each other daily, just as they had for decades already. Giuseppe lived independently while maintaining his home, his very large and elaborate garden, large yard and his love for cooking. No visit to his home was complete without a meal, which Giuseppe would make with affection. His love for cooking kept him busy and many of the ways he showed his love was through feeding people. For decades he hosted his children, Rita and Peter, on Sundays for lunch and dinner. This tradition continued throughout Rita and Peter's high school years, university years and well into the years when they had families of their own. He was very proud of his children and all of his sisters and brother and their families. During the latter part of these years, he met Christine who he shared a life with for almost two decades, she was a central part of his life. The two of them would take trips to Cuba every year, they loved dogs and cats, and Christine would become the driving force in getting Giuseppe to experience all sorts of new things. He loved her immensely, and sadly she left us early in 2013.
Through the years Giuseppe enjoyed visiting his best friend, confidante and brother Pietro. They were inseparable and sometimes even mistaken for one another. Giuseppe also enjoyed visits from his sister, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Giuseppe would also travel to Calgary to see Rita's family and they would travel to Winnipeg, where Octavia and Rosa would ransack his house for all kinds of "treasures", which Giuseppe was more than happy to share with them. Nonno Joe would spoil them with whatever they wanted from his house, including food (particularly pasta e fagioli'). Two years ago, Giuseppe made the decision to downsize and moved into the Seine River Retirement Residence where he enjoyed the facility and the staff immensely.
Giuseppe Aiello passed away November 10, 2020, after succumbing to the Coronavirus disease at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Giuseppe will be sadly missed by his brother and sisters, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Giuseppe's loving memory will be cherished most by his children, Rita (Ryan) and Peter, his grandchildren, his brother Pietro (pre Yolanda, Josie), sister Rita (Giuseppe), sister Angela (Eugenio), sister Aurelia (Domenico), sister Anna (Chicho) and sister Cesarina (Pino), along with his nieces and nephews.
The private service to be held at 11:00 a.m. on November 18 at Green Acres. Pallbearers: Peter Aiello, Fred Cuda, Pasquale Aiello, Joe Aiello. Please feel free to leave a memory, view the service live stream at www.greenacresfuneralhome.com
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 17, 2020
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Joe was my first mentor, I met him when I was 15 years old looking for a job. Joe hired me and took me under his wing during his days as a banquet manger at the Fort Garry Hotel. I am so very grateful for knowing him and having learned from him, even though it was only for a short time. Rest In Peace Joe, time to rest after all your hard work😇 - Posted by: Barb McGhee (Friend/working peer) on: Apr 20, 2021
To my Uncle Joe You were an inspiration to my family and me , you were always there at a drop of a hat for my mom and your older brother. Your big smile was infectious and radiant as you were to us all., it truly lit up the room. You have left us suddenly and we feel the void and you will always be missed. Last Christmas Eve I had the honour of having Christmas dinner with you at my parents house. We had a lovely seafood feast in which you couldn’t say enough great things about my moms cooking. As for my mom , you were her brother ,her father,her confidant and most of all you were her best friend. My dear uncle you and my mom were always there for each other. You shared lots of wonderful childhood stories , current affairs and many wonderful memories. My mother so much misses your daily 11 o’clock phone calls , she still looks at the clock every day at that time. You were wonderful uncle who was so very young at heart and full of life. Uncle Joe may you Rest In Peace , you will always be in our hearts and so deeply missed. Love your niece Teresa. - Posted by: Teresa Cuda (Niece) on: Dec 01, 2020
RIP Mr. Aiello. Over the years I have often recalled your kindness and generosity. Prayers sent for you and your family. - Posted by: Kar Barber (Acquaintance from decades ago) on: Nov 26, 2020
It was with sadness that we learned of Joe's passing. We will always be grateful for the deep joy that he brought Christine. When he walked into the room, her face lit up, as did Joe's when their eyes met. We are also grateful for his many visits with Joan, Christine's Mom, always bringing a special meal for her. We extend our sincere condolences to Rita and Peter, and Joe's extended family. May he rest in peace with Christine. - Posted by: Larry Chornoboy (Christine's brother and sister-in-law) on: Nov 19, 2020
Joe live two houses down from us for many years. We had numerous conversations. When he moved, something was definitely missing on the street. But every Saturday we would see him drive slowly by his old house. Rest in Peace Joe, glad we got to spend time with you. - Posted by: Jon and Elita Dunne (Neighbor) on: Nov 19, 2020
I worked at the facility that Joe lived at this summer. Wherever I went in the building it seemed that I would run into Joe with a big smile on his face. We would talk about his life and how much he enjoyed working at the Fort Garry Hotel when he was younger. I specifically remember him making fun of my uniform while serving him in the dining room but following it up with a grin to let me know that he was just joking with me. Joe always managed to make me laugh whenever we spoke and had one of those smiles that made everyone else smile with him. It is extremely saddening to hear of his passing and I offer my condolences to his family. - Posted by: Emily (Seine River) on: Nov 17, 2020
Every morning I came to work, Joe and I would have chat about how we were feeling, the weather for the day and what the day would bring.. If he wasn’t in the Bistro when I came in, he always made a point to come later to ask how my husband and I were doing.. last time I saw him was a typical morning,sitting with his coffee and peeling two oranges and a smile.. Goodbye Mr. Aiello.. Joe. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Mae (Reception ) on: Nov 17, 2020
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