Franco Anglesio

Franco Joseph Anglesio

Tuesday, September 14th, 1943 - Thursday, February 13th, 2020
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Verona, Italy, September 14, 1943- Vancouver, BC February 13, 2020

Franco collapsed suddenly at his home and despite the heroic efforts of the team of first responders of the District of North Vancouver and Lion’s Gate Hospital Emergency staff he never regained consciousness.

He worked in the hotel industry for fifty years and on three continents, first in Canada for CN Hotels and then at Coast Hotels, lastly as President. He spoke often of the many people he was honored to work with and consider valued friends. He was a proud supporter and founding director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada - West.

A straight shooter, Italian, passionate, kind and driven. He enjoyed soccer, mainly his beloved Juventus, Formula 1, music and books. A golfer for many years, he said that golf would be the perfect sport if he could take his dogs with him on the walk. He thought that The Pink Panther was the apex of humour and he will be remembered for having the heartiest laugh known to mankind.

Known to family as Dad and Grand-papa, he leaves behind wife Mary, sons Marco (Alison) and Michael (Kelly), granddaughters Madeline and Annamaria, brother-in-law Bob and his wife Susan, nieces and nephews Andrew (Diana), Pamela (Nate), and VIcki (Sean) and grand-niece Aila.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Franco would be happiest if you undertook to perform an act of kindness to assist those in need.
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Diane Walker

Posted at 12:16am
Dear Mary and family -- We were so sorry to learn of Franco's sudden passing from our daughter. She said his energy and enthusiasm -- and wonderful love of dogs, both yours and others -- always brightened the neighbourhood. Our deepest condolences on his loss to all your family, and your beloved granddaughters especially. Grandpapa will live forever in all your hearts. I would love to have a visit again when the time is right -- with both little and big dogs perhaps? You are in my thoughts at this most difficult time -- Diane Walker


Posted at 07:43pm
Dear Mary, We are very sorry to hear about Franco's passing. I was fortunately enough to often meet him in Capilano Regional Park as he was walking his dogs. We always enjoyed having a chat about the latest developments in the world of soccer. His passion for Juventus was very obvious! Mary, we know what a difficult time it is for you and your family and we want you to know that we care and are thinking about you. Please let us know if there is any way we can support you. With hugs Clemens & Sharon

Lynne Kotze

Posted at 10:06am
I want to first give my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. I have known Franco for I am guessing over 25 years.
I have been cutting his hair and for a half hour of each visit I had the pleasure of hearing all about his family and of corse those two lovely dogs. I often thought those dogs probley eat better then I do. As Franco would tell me how he prepared all the treats himself.
I know they gave him much happiness. He spoke of them often so the picture you chose was fitting of the man I grew to no.
Now this had changed a bit when his beautiful grand daughter was born. She was the apple of his eye. He would come in a show me pictures and his eyes would light up every time he spoke of her. He shared with me the times he would travel to go visit Madeline and his son and wife . I heard through Franco how much it gave great joy to Mary and him. He always spoke of you Mary with so much Love. I also heard all about his sons and I know Franco was proud of all their accomplishments.
The last time I saw Franco was January 26th, it was different this time. He shared a lot with me about his health and was heading to the hospital for treatment after the cut. He told me he has had a great life a loving wife who has given him much happiness. He said he wasn't afraid of dying. I had this feeling that this would be the last time I would see this great man who I not only considered as a client but a friend. I always looked forward to our time to catch up on his life and to share about what's going on in mine. Before he walked out the door I told him I wanted to give him a hug and I wished him well. Sadly I new I might never see him again.
I will close with , I will miss your stories Franco and your smiling face and you will be missed.
Lynne Kotze

David Wetsch

Posted at 12:40pm
This is the Vancouver Skal Club, all of our 62 members are sorry to hear of Franco's passing. He was a great member,we always will remember his smile and friendly conversations. Please accept our condolences. Vancouver Skal Club.

Susan Driver

Posted at 01:32pm
Dear Mary, I was so sorry to hear about Franco’s death. I was glad to have met walking and visiting in your home. Please know I am thinking about you. My condolences to you and your family, and hugs to the dogs who will miss him too. Susan Driver

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