Francesco Chirico

March 1, 2024

In Loving Memory

Francesco Chirico

Frank passed away peacefully on March 1st, 2024 (age of 92) at the Gemstone Care Centre in Kamloops, B.C., surrounded by his family. Frank was born on February 22nd, 1932 in Serra San Bruno, Italy to Giuseppe and Addolorata Chirico.  He was the second of a large and loving family of ten children.  Dad immigrated to Canada in January 1956, and later that year he married his childhood sweetheart, Rosarina Borello.  They settled in Nelson, B.C. where they raised their three daughters, Dolores, Josephine, and Rosemary.

Dad worked briefly for CPR but spent most of his career at Kootenay Forest Products where he not only learned English, but continued his forestry education, achieving his lumber grader certificate and ultimately was the lead sawyer for KFP.  Even though he had limited formal education, Dad was a bright man who could fix anything from cars to appliances and built our family home in Nelson himself, which still stands today.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, winemaking and playing his guitar, usually singing beloved songs of his homeland like “Calabrisella Mia”.  Dad was a life-long learner, excelled at anything he tried, and was not afraid of a challenge.  He always said his best years were raising his three girls in Nelson with Rosarina at his side, where he enjoyed being part of a warm community of family, friends, and neighbours.  He truly loved Nelson, its beauty reminding him of the hills he left in Calabria. His door was always open for anyone to share a glass of wine, a laugh, and a story.  We will miss you so much, dad. Your intelligence, work-ethic, and determination continues to shine brightly in the eyes of your seven grandchildren.

Dad was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rosarina Chirico; his son, Sam; parents, Giuseppe and Addolorata Chirico; brother, Salvatore (Santina) Chirico; sister, Carmella (Tony) Campese; niece, Margaret Garrett; and sister Assunta Chirico.

He is survived by his children, Dolores (Larry-deceased) Rimpel; Josephine (Larry) Bertoncini; Rosemary Bell (Gene); and his seven grandchildren, Jennifer Brash (Ryan); Jaclyn Brash (Sergio); Natalie Brash (Drew); Taylor Bertoncini (Stephanie); Jocelyn Bell (Shane); Derek Bell (Delaney); and Justine Bertoncini (Sam).  Dad was also blessed with his great granddaughter, Lucia Pasqua.

He is also survived by his sisters Catarina (Vito-deceased) Carchidi; Rita (Alfio) Berardo; and Yolanda (Bob) Boden; brothers Angelo (Gina) Chirico; Bruno (Wendy) Chirico; Cosmo (Palma) Chirico; brother-in-law Bruno (Rafaelina-deceased) Borello, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Wynne and all of the care staff at the Gemstone Care Centre for their amazing dedication in taking care of Dad during his last years, proving there truly are angels that walk among us. We are forever grateful for the genuine love, support, compassion, empathy, and exceptional care dad received at the Gemstone.

Funeral Mass will be held on Monday March 11, 2024, at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 635 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, B.C. Reception to follow.

Interment to be held in Nelson, B.C. on Saturday March 16, 2024, at 10:00 am at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or charity of choice.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-554-2324 F: 250.554.3505

665 Tranquille Rd #4,
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H7

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 6

  1. Gay &Lorne says:

    Our Deepest Condolences to you Dee and family. What a lovely obituary. You are in our thoughts Much love G/L

  2. Rita and Alfio Berardo says:

    Frank was our beloved older brother; someone to look up to and to respect.
    After our parents passed on, he carried on as our father figure. Rest in peace, Frank, you will always be in our hearts. Rita,Alfio,Tony Joseph and Daniel.

  3. Yolanda Chirico says:

    A beautiful tribute.

    Uncle Frank was always a pillar in our family. I always enjoyed listening to his stories. I cherish the walnut tree he gave me from a sapling in his yard in Nelson.

    My deepest condolences to you all.

    Much love ❤️

  4. Clara Amoroso says:

    Dear Dolores and all family members, Sorry to hear the passing of your Father. He will be missed greatly by you all. A beautiful soul like your father Francesco will always live in your heart. My deepest condolences to you all.

  5. Julie says:

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. This was beautifully written and we look forward to gathering with all the family today to celebrate Frank’s life. Julie & Sal (Sam)

  6. Donna and Greg says:

    We were across-the-alley neighbours to Frank (and Rosa) for more than 40 years. We so appreciated his welcoming friendliness, and his generous sharing of gardening tips. He was a master gardener, especially when it came to tomatoes! We particularly enjoying listening to Frank singing opera as he cruised around his yard on his riding lawnmower. Our condolences to the family.

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