elevated HanlL 1936 ~ 2021
elevated HanlL It is with heavy hearts that we announce that our dad and nonno has peacefully died on January 21, 2021 at the age of 84 and has joined his wife, the love of his life in Heaven. Born August 24, 1936 in Villafranca Tirrena, Messina, Sicilia to Santo and Santa Saija.
elevated HanlL Franco will be forever missed by his daughters, Anna-Maria and Patrizia, and his grandchildren Andrew and Rachel, Matthew and Mackensie. Franco will be missed by many family and friends.
elevated HanlL From Italy, sister Pina Cuciti (late Felice), sister in law Sarina Saija (late Giovanni) , sister in law Giovanna Sacca (late Bartolo), sister in law Santina Bombaci (late Francesco) and sister in law Francesca Battaglia (late Peppino). From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, His sister in law Concetta Saija (late Nino) and his nephews.
elevated HanlL He enjoyed the long road trips to Philadelphia to see his brother Nino and Concetta and his 3 nephews, Santo, Carmen, and Gianfranco. It was always a special road trip that he took often. Franco had very special relationship over 50 years with his Comare Franca and his late Compare Sebastiano and his Comare Yeya and his late Compare Pepe. They welcomed him into their family when he immigrated to Canada. In good times and bad times, they always were there for each other.
elevated HanlL A carpenter by trade, Franco enjoyed building things and fixing things, there was nothing he couldn’t do with the little scraps of wood and nails, nothing ever went to a waste. Franco will always be remembered by his love of gardening. He looked forward to spring when he could start his seeding indoors and transfer those to his vegetable garden in the backyard. He loved sharing all that he would grow with family and friends.
elevated HanlL Dad, you are with mom now. We know she was with you when you took your last breath and guided you to Heaven with her. Your heart is whole again. Your memory, your legacy, your values that both you and mom have left, will live on forever in us. Forever in our hearts. We love you forever. Till we meet again.
elevated HanlL Due to our COVID 19 pandemic, a private viewing will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home on Tuesday January 26, 2021. A live streaming of Franco’s Funeral Service may be viewed on Tuesday January 26, 2021 at 12 p.m. by clicking HERE. A private Entombment will take place directly after. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks for all the love and support during this difficult time.