Antonietta Cugini (nee Gamba)

  • Nov. 1, 2017 7:00 a.m.

Antonietta (Gamba) Cugini

CUGINI; Antonietta (Gamba), passed away at the Dufferin Nursing Home, Nanaimo, BC on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.

Born in Vall’Alta, Italy to Alessandro Gamba and Bona Capelli. She spent most of her childhood in the small community of Molinello

Predeceased by her husband Rino, sisters: Lucia (Mario), Manila (Giuseppe) and Maurina, and brother Angelo.

She is survived by Lena and Christina (Sisters-in-law) and Anselmo (brother-in-law) in Italy; 2 sons: Alexander and Valentino (Lila) and daughter Lucia (Geoff) Lyons, as well as grandsons Steven (Kaitlyn) and Mario (Brittany Morgan) and great-granddaughter Imogen, and many nieces, nephew’s other relatives throughout Italy.

Antonietta emigrated to Canada in the late 1950’s, to marry her husband Rino in Ucluelet; where they lived for the rest of their lives raising their three children; The Cugini’s are recognized as one of the original Italian families in Ucluelet, where husband Rino worked in the logging industry.

Mrs. Cugini was very active in the Holy Family Church, ensuring that beautiful floral arrangements were provided each and every Sunday from her own garden; and her unforgettable contribution to the church hymns.

Antonietta will long be remembered for her love of gardening. Her small home on the corner of Helen and Garden was in constant bloom with hydrangeas, clematis, daffodils, fuchsias and last but not least calla lilies. Supposedly every calla lily in Ucluelet owes its origin to the Cugini garden.

Also known for seamstress skills, she would help anyone in need of her sewing assistance.

In 2015, after a serious fall Antonietta was eventually transferred to the Dufferin Nursing Home in Nanaimo where she spent the last 2 years.

The family wishes to thank all the staff at Tofino General Hospital and staff at Dufferin Nursing Home for their amazing care and attention provided to Mum.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 11th, at the Holy Family Church, 1663 Peninsula Road, with Father Roger Poblete officiating. 

Interment to follow in Ucluelet Cemetery. 

A memorial tea in celebration of Antonietta’s life will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday in the USS Band Room.

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