elevated OOAX3 August 12, 1946 ~ August 8, 2020
elevated OOAX3 Obituary
elevated OOAX3 God called Luigi “Gigi” Potestio home on August 8, 2020, 4 days before his 74th birthday. His loving wife Maria took care of him and helped him throughout his life with God’s help, especially during his 30 year battle with mental illness and his recent 1 year battle with colorectal cancer to which he succombed to. God granted Maria’s wishes to keep Gigi with her and his loving family numerous times when he was on his deathbed, but this last time, God needed him more. As he died in his loving wife Maria’s hands, he was surrounded by his loving family by his side.
elevated OOAX3 Friends for 57 years and married for 54 years, Gigi and Maria were inseparable. Through good times and bad, sickness and health, hand in hand they knew they had each other. Maria did not just lose a husband, she lost her best friend. They say a forever type of love is one in a million and with that love a beautiful family was created. He was an imperfectly perfect Daddy to Teresa, Jimmy and Rita Louise, a wonderful father-in-law to Kristopher, Lydia and Mazen, and the very best Nonno anyone could ask for to Marilu Bella, GianFranco Luigi, Krista Marie, Kayla Marie, Francis Xavier and Veronica Eve. Gigi loved his family, touched the lives of all who knew him and will be missed by his loving uncles and aunts, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.
elevated OOAX3 Gigi was a talented carpenter with hardworking hands and did some kind of woodworking on almost all of his relatives’ and friends’ homes. Even near the end, he was still giving his carpentry advice to his son Jimmy about how to finish the stairs in his daughter Teresa’s house. We all know he is watching over us with a nice cold Coca Cola in his hand sitting on a couch with his mother Teresa by his side. He is telling his great golden saxophone toilet joke to his loving uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends and telling them how he went to the horse track and lost because the agents chose to bet on horses 3 2 1 when he told them horses 1 2 3, or the other way around.
elevated OOAX3 Gigi would sing along to music around the house to entertain his grandchildren, would watch them play, followed by naps of course because he loved to sleep. We will all always remember his singing voice. He did not know how to swim, but on vacation he would still walk into the water and pretend he was a shark to try and scare his family. He was the type of man who would be the first in line at any buffet because of his love of food and is probably at the grand buffet right now, lining up to get his apple pie with ice cream … or more like ice cream with apple pie … followed by another big plate of pasta. Up until the very end, Gigi knew how to make his loved ones smile and laugh and most importantly, how to make them love. With heavy hearts and 24,000 baci, we ask God to let this great man rest in peace. We know he will be watching over his wife, children and grandchildren as their guardian angel. He will always be in their hearts and never be forgotten. Due to the restrictions imposed by the funeral home at this time, in lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Canadian Cancer Society and/or to the Canadian Mental Health Association.